21 Positional Chess Concepts

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Timestamps:
0:00 – Intro
0:35 – #1 (Avoid bad bishops)
1:02 – #2 (Isolated pawns are good targets)
1:32 – #3 (Double isolated pawns are even better targets)
1:57 – #4 (Rooks should control open files)
2:29 – #5 (NEVER trade a good bishop for a bad knight)
3:08 – #6 (NEVER trade a good knight for a bad bishop)
3:39 – #7 (Trade your BAD pieces for opponent’s GOOD pieces)
4:25 – #8 (Be CAREFUL moving pawns forward)
5:19 – #9 (Rooks are great on the 7th/2nd ranks)
6:11 – #10 (1 pawn can stop 2 pawns)
7:17 – #11 (Blockade and attack backward pawns)
8:42 – #12 (Create protected passed pawns)
10:06 – #13 (Trade off fianchettoed bishop with battery)
11:16 – #14 (Bait opponent to create pawn weaknesses)
12:29 – #15 (A good knight on an outpost is worth a rook)
14:04 – #16 (Sometimes you should sac a rook for a knight and pawn)
15:00 – #17 (Put pawns on opposite color from your bishops)
15:46 – #18 (Protect bishop with a pawn)
16:27 – #19 (Weak color complex)
17:55 – #20 (Blockade pawns with pieces to hinder development)
20:18 – #21 (Minority Attack)
22:30 – BONUS TIP

500 Comments

  1. Hi Nelson have you done a video on the bishop pair against rooks in the late middle/end game. I am amazed at how difficult bishops can be against rooks in this scenario.

  2. Who is the elderly chess player in the thumbnail?

  3. 19:53 I actually didn't know all squares the king passes over during castling should not be attacked 🫒

  4. concur with most. however your last lesson with pushing b4 is a bust. After b4, you have Bxb4 then what? and how does being down that pawn benefit white? Feedback appreciated

  5. you described b4 first which appears to be a mistake??? No?

  6. you lose your pawn and that benefits what? minority attack….?

  7. Your last lesson pertaining to a minority attack B4 is a mistake especially seeing Bxb4 follows and then you are just simply down a pawn. No? your reasoning behind b4 being good? Does the black bishop taking it for free weaken blacks position? Please give another video explaining what happens after the black bishop takes? Or is a3 to come before b4? More in depth thoughts on the matter.

  8. Over 30 years of chess… He looks 23 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  9. Ah yes, the minority attack against black pieces. What a great choice of words.

  10. i like Georgia but i've only been there once says:

    why do you call it "pork" defence

  11. i like Georgia but i've only been there once says:

    21 carlsbad structure

  12. i like Georgia but i've only been there once says:

    thanks helpful

  13. Chess is like golf, which is
    A long walk spoilt
    Chess
    Is a longer sit spoilt

  14. you are the superb content creator i found these concepts by experience in about 3 years and taught me this in 21 mins❀🫑🫑

  15. Regarding trading off the fianchettoed bishop – the only thing I don't understand is why everyone doesn't do that as soon as they can, and why people who fianchetto their king's bishop don't immediately either retreat the bishop to h8 (or h1 for White), or else move the rook away so the bishop can retreat if needed.

  16. Top- quality content! Distilled, concise, and practical! The most useful content per minute that I can ever recall viewing. Ben Finegold, take notes!

  17. I'm surely showing this to one more person who will definitely benefit from this video. Thanks for making this great content.

  18. How to Play like Stan Lee? Didn't know the guy was a chess legend. πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ

  19. Over 30 years of playing chess… but you look 17. Did I hear that right?

  20. Whats the best move after e4d5? Or d4e5? I gets me everytime

  21. I watch videos on Chess like yours helps me to relax playing is fun or really winning is fun losing not fun so I’ll take a break from playing watch GM Games or even just play against the computer playing on line you are matched against better players weaker players etc I know I still have a lot to learn losing only motivates me to comeback and play stronger

  22. I'm part of the way through this video, and although I have an understanding of these ideas so far, you really bring them out and solidify them well. Thanks πŸ‘

  23. Thanks, I'm going to use your 21 principles for my next YouTube video post. I appreciate the inspiration.

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  25. hey, I just discovered your channel and I must say that it's amazing, your content is very good and you explain in a nice easy way.

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  27. this channel is so good (im 1300ish for perspective) that I have to subscribe because I know I will refer to videos like this in the future

  28. Some of your examples are whack. Bad bishop for example

  29. Thank you for this video, you get one loyal subscriber!

  30. Love the lesson – With a crappy ELO of 670 and playing chess for 1 year hopefully this will help. Thanks

  31. I think that l am better than you. Because I solved in puzzel rush 2650 elo puzzel

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