Punishing Beginner Mistakes | Ponziani Opening

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In this video I play a rapid chess game against fellow Twitch Streamer vengaard_live () who is a relatively new to chess— only been playing for ~3 months! In the game, I unleash the Ponziani Opening and proceed to show no mercy. I hope this game provides some instructional value when it comes to exploiting common beginner mistakes and using basic tactics to seize the advantage. Towards the end of the game (once I achieved a decisive material advantage) I put more of my focus towards answering various questions from the Twitch Chat. After the game, I provide some basic tips and advice and show how black could have improve the opening play against the Ponziani.
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  1. At 7:52 why did you not move your knight to fork the queen and both rooks? Seemed better?

  2. At 5:13 why didn't the opponent put the queen at D5 he attacks the bishop/a queen exchange which will help him release the pressure from the middle/if ge didn't do a queen exchange he can attack the rook

  3. 9:55 im the type of player who couldnt resist bishop a6 and the check with the queen

  4. But why not the pawn fork?, 7 minutes 23 sec, btw now i know because bishop lol

  5. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies

  6. Hi Eric. Great content. I have been following for a while. thank you.
    I got a question – What software do you use to study or even here in your videos ? I like how you draw all the arrows and stuff? then the analysis and the feature of showing the best moves … What softare is this?? I tried lichess but doesn't seem to provide those features.

  7. Opponent: he's thinking about his next move
    Eric : lichess , leeeeeeeeeechesss

  8. honestly think that he should've mooved qeen to f3 at 9:00 cause that would retain pressure without risking the queen and rendering the pawn deffense useless

  9. The queen at 5:07 if we move the pawn from e4 to f3 will it be a good move? As it will be forcing a checkmate while still pinning the knight

  10. I can just imagine that the other guy playing is super focused, dripping sweat, smoke coming out of his ears as he tries to find the absolute perfect next move… And dude here is just sipping tea, talking about life. Lol

  11. I just got a AD for this exact game before this Video.

  12. "delayed stream snipe. I have to be careful what I say in the past" 😂

  13. Play me for 10k right now I smoke u in 15 moves

  14. your opponent is high rated too, but when you are plus 13 should be resigned, coz let alone plus 3 is resignable for me..

  15. "960 events, that's a lot of events, that's more than 950 events"

    This is how we get a chess genius, a math genius.

  16. This is exactly what I was looking for – chess with commentary. Never mind that the player was new. Thanks for making this video

  17. The black was capable of playing a little trick there, it was after the Queen pins the knight he could play a6 and after knight takes we play b5 so there the white player must saves his queen and he looses a knight for free.

  18. I definitely pronounce Lichess like the bits robot voice does. To imply that Lich is a masculine term and Lichess is its feminine form.

  19. 7. Qxe4 was a mistake allowing black to equalize with 7.. Bd5

  20. I saw many moves that i personally think are better but idk if I'm not getting it

  21. "Chess kinda teaches concentration"
    Also him, in the middle of the game: "How to pronounce LICHESS 🤔"

  22. In my opinion chest teacher's patience and how to lose other than that nothing there's no focus I've gotten out of this cause I just keep getting s*** on And the patience to look and stay calm in a bad position is all I've really gained

  23. Hey guys new to chess was wondering if anyone could share some knowledge, why would we not go knight to f7 here at 8:25 ? as it would get us a 3 way fork with the 2 rooks and queen, because the bishop is pinning the black queen black has to move the queen so they cant use the light square bishop to take our knight and we just win a rook?

  24. Queen takes rook D7 at 11:27 ?? Checkmate????
    Lechess means milk en Espanola 😋

  25. The endgame is a joke with so much material more for white than black!

  26. If you look at the engine analysis, white made a lot of mistakes.

  27. Its xmas day here, bit bored at 7am!… chess? Yeah, why not? Couldnt find a game i wanted on play store so i googled chess. This is first video i clicked on. Subscribe? Yes! Chess- 20+ years after i played daily and just watching this made me decide to play again. I like your narrative style Eric. Thanks!

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