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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
I really liked the last game. Your use of the knights (as well as the power having them lined up as you did) was very instructive. Thanks--hms

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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
I never realised the d3 Ruy was so exciting! Really great third game.

Thanks for the vid, and congrats on your play!

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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
Yeah, I second both the above statements. I had a game where I was having trouble coordinating my knights - they just always kept stepping on themselves. Finally, I blundered one by accident...and then proceeded to kill my opponent with the other one and my other pieces, who were now opened up and free to move about his king. Good times.

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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
Great Schliemann.

In the drawn game you show a position where White captures a pawn on e5 and you recommend in analysis that Black play Qh5 which, as you say, threatens both the knight on e5 and the White queen, which is en pris from the Black bishop on g4. So what's the problem with White playing Ne5xg4? I can't see any immediate mate and once Black recaptures with his knight the knight is pinned so there's no Nxe3 after h3 and if Bxe3 then White can simplify with Qxg4.

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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
Hey Dennis,
Your videos are incredibly thorough (and subsequently slightly difficult to figure out what exactly to take from them), but because you do them from your computer, would it be possible to post some FEN positions in the comments so that we can more easily look at some key positions on our own when you recommend doing so in the videos? It's not critical or anything, but it might help a bit. Thank you so much for all that you do! I'm sure I'm not alone in believing you help us all out a great deal in making these videos.

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Post Re: Dennis M.: US Amateur Team 2012, Rds. 1-3 [26:24]
@ chawil: I thought I answered that in an at least an indirect way, but you're right that I didn't analyze 15.Qxg4 in particular. After 11...Bg4(?!) 12.Nxe5(?) Qh5 13.Nxg4 Nxg4 14.h3 Bxe3 15.Qxg4 (I'm pretty sure I gave 15.hxg4 Qg5 16.fxe3 Qxe3+ etc., and noted that if White didn't take on e3 that 16...Rxf2 was coming; this is essentially the same answer I'm going to give to 15.Qxg4) 15...Qxg4 16.hxg4 Rxf2! regains the material with some advantage. White is better off here than after 15.hxg4, but not as well off as after 12.Bxc5, so Black should still avoid 11...Bg4 for that reason.

@ joshbandyface: It's an interesting idea, but not too likely to occur. One reason is that with the opening videos there are lots of important positions and lines, so I'm either going to spend a lot of time posting FENs or I may get things wrong anyway. Something you could do is to pause the video at a spot you find interesting, do a print-screen, paste it into a text file and then write out the key variation or lesson you want to draw from it.

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