Some great chess video makers!

In 2006 I started making chess video’s and uploading them to Youtube. Soon I got a message from Tryfon Gavriel, better known as Kingscrusher, asking me if I could explain him how to make chess video’s. After this many more chess video makers have found their way on Youtube. At the moment there are a few video makers that I find excellent: Kingscrusher, Chessexplained and Chessvideoguy. The first two are very active. They upload video’s every day. Chessvideoguy seems to be taking a break.

Most of the other high quality video makers have stopped. It’s understandable that there comes a moment when chess video makers ask themselves: “Do I get enough in return for the energy that I put in this video’s?”. I also asked myself this question and that’s how I came with the idea of the game analysis service. Until now it has worked very well. People send me their games and they find my analysis instructive.

Let’s hope that Kingscrusher will keep entertaining us with his attacking style in blitz games and that Chessexplained will continue making his very instructive video’s.

What are your favourite youtube chess channels? Leave your comments…

More brain push ups!

Here is a position from John Nunn’s book Endgame Challenge. (See previous post)
It’s white to move. It looks as if white’s position is hopeless. The black pawn is ready to promote. But still there is a way to save the game and achieve a draw!
How can white prevent the black pawn from promoting?

I’ll post the solution in a couple of days. Good luck solving!

When chess becomes art!

Every chess players will agree with me that being concious of the imbalances and characteristics of a position is one of the most important things in a game. This awareness is the first thing that we need in order to start making a good plan in the endgame.

At the same time it’s highly important to have knowledge of some endgame patterns that sometimes arise. In this video I’ll show you an endgame composition that has some similarities with the famous study by Richard Reti that I showed in one of my previous¬† videos.

The importance of studying endgames.

Some time ago a friend told me that learning rook endings is one of the most important things in chess. The reason for this is that rook endings are very common and if we put some energy in studying practical endgames we can get a lot in return. Here is an example of a game that I played in a correspondence tournament at After having been in trouble in the middlegame we reached a drawish endgame that I won because of a big mistake of my oponent.