In this video, the GingerGM Simon Williams takes you down the chess rabbit hole to analyze one of his favorite games, between Gusev and Auerbach in Yekaterinburg, 1946.
It’s a fascinating game that gets super-complicated – a game that should get more attention!
This is a great lesson in calculation, tactics, and also prophylaxis – pushing your own ideas forward while restraining your opponent’s ideas.
It’s a good idea to pause the video whenever Simon asks you a question, take your time to analyze the position, and try to figure out the best continuation. Active learning is the best way to improve in chess!
Chess is a two-player game – you can’t simply get so focussed on your own play that you ignore what your opponent is trying to achieve. Even when you gain an advantage, you want to remain focussed in order to prevent your opponent from getting counter-play and making your life more difficult than it has to be.
It can be easy to think so prophylactically that you start playing passively, but this is not the way to go! The best defense is an active defense, one where you improve your own pieces and create your own threats.
Follow along with the PGN below, with annotations from GM Simon Williams:
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This lesson comes from the GingerGMs brand new 15-hour course, Accelerate Your Chess.
The full course is designed to take you to the next level in your chess. Simon has collected the games that led to breakthroughs in his own development, and takes you through each one in such a way that you make the discoveries for yourself – a far more powerful method of teaching/learning than simply giving you the answers.
Each lesson works on at least one of seven areas: Strategy, calculation, prophylaxis, forcing moves, navigating chaos, pattern recognition, and converting advantages – the key skills you need to succeed at the highest levels.
One of the major benefits of this course is that you’re studying games packed with instructive value – it’s a real goldmine of chess secrets.
Every lesson brings with it an “aha!” moment… and saves you years of painful trial-and-error going through games that just aren’t that useful.