Chess lesson # 31: The “F” pawn is a fatal mistake | Damiano defense | Chess opening the right way

2…, f6? This bad move automatically puts the black pieces in an inferior position. With this lesson, we start talking more about several king’s pawn openings. However, before we learn about the most popular ones, I wanted to show you what you should not do. Likewise, it is good that you know how to take advantage of the Damiano defense in case you face it one day. In this class, you will also learn how to attack a king in the center of the board. You will see how important it is to use as many pieces as possible and activate them quickly without allowing your opponents to develop his own pieces to set up a solid defense.

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  1. the black can handle that by taking the pawn to d5 > and after the white bishop takes the black king go to g6 without any problem and the black could take place if the white queen try to check-in f5

  2. Hey man been watching you're videos lately.. You're very good at teaching. Can we get more videos of you playing so that we can understand how you think before each step? Thanks man

  3. Best chess instructor on YouTube hands down may your subscribers grow to Levy/Eric proportions!

  4. Site, one doubt. At 4:25 , if white Queen goes to h8 to capture rook, then black can play knight to f6 and that will completely trap white Queen. Any escape suggestions on that?

  5. Hello sir i really have a question
    Which opening is better french or caro kann defense?

  6. 6:45 what if we take queen to h3 and then force checkmate
    Edit: I just noticed opponent sacrifices the queen and his king can go back to safety in the square of queen

    Thank you for the great lesson

  7. looks like I stopped watching this playlist in the wrong time. the thing is I get better I start enjoying games then I get stuck without any progress I run back to your lessons. thank you for all the work you put to this. really amazing

  8. At 5:54, he blocks with pawn and I take the pawn with the bishop and the King moves to g6. What next then??

  9. Hello Mr Ramirez🙂. It’s been about 1 week since I knew about ur channel 1st I was seeing ur 1st videos quickly since I know their rules. But know every video takes me one whole day or even more. From lesson 29 the opposition going through decoy and the ruy lopez and the two bishop ending and the bishop knight ending ….. etc. every lesson of these MUST be memorized by heart. These videos make the difference in a player middlegame and endgame and boosts his ranking. Now iam at the bishop knight ending. It’s a little bit difficult. Finally thx to u Sir I mastered the two bishop ending and the opposition. And iam liking chess everyday More and more 👏👍

  10. thanks master…your videos are really helpful

  11. Oh wow my opponents played that many times 😂

  12. Thanks man! Your videos are quite useful. I've improved a lot! You deserve more subscribers.

  13. You are an excellent instructor and make it so easy to understand. Thanks for the lessons!

  14. I haven't seen anyone play f6 after Nf3, but the continuation was still interesting although I can't imagine anyone making that move in real life.

  15. Yes, really, f pawn's a fatal pawn if not guarded or played well. All traps in the opening are played on this pawn. I knew this knight sac earlier but had not thought of such variations. You are such a great explainer. Thanks Coach! 👍. I don't understand why this great video has even got dislikes.

  16. What happens if black plays Qe7 for their third move after Nxp?

  17. Excellent study. Do remember that king safety is first-checkmate and the game is lost. So the security of the f7 pawn(f2 on the white side) is 1st. Attacking the king is 2nd. You can mess up the latter and still win/draw. Mess up the former and the curtain falls.
    I do want to echo the above comments on your playlists. There are other very worthwile/valuable PLs, but yours is truly a "step above."

  18. grazed to 1200 today…Long way 2 go…

  19. How to lose a game after move 2 🙂 Thanks I´ll try to capitalize next time somebody move the f pawn

  20. how should I continue after Qxe5+ if black defend with Qe7? I think the best move for black in that position

  21. OMG …..!!! This is what I'm looking for ….
    I did this mistake many times …. Nice one. This will help me a lot .. I didn't know about this before ….thanks bro 💯💯💯💯👍👍
    12:26 AM

  22. While f6 is obviously a bad move, after Nxe5 blacks best move is Qe7. White still needs to play correctly and just develop his pieces to get big edge.

  23. Thank you. So interesting and inspirational.

  24. Thank you Robert,
    Just starting playing as my son wanted to play chess with me. The videos have helped a lot. What happens is black plays queen to e7 after you take with knight to e5? I am guessing you move your knight and you are up a pawn, end of the idea?

  25. That was very good. Some times in the beginning (now I'm 450 in Rapid) I fell for this trap.

  26. Wonder who Damiano was? Probably the worst player in his club.

  27. Very few players with black pieces respond with f6 move

  28. What shall I do if black moved his queen to e7 instead of taking the knight?

  29. idol i watch all your video is very instructive but.. this video after Black move Nxe5 white reply Qe7 i think is equal good for black pieces., thanks

  30. a friend of mine did this mistake in a game and thanks to your video, i punished him very well.

  31. Woow , I improved myself a lot with you! Thank you so much

  32. f6 not a blunder if after knight taking the e5 pawn, black queen play e7, i tried to play with this position against 3200 engine and he did this

  33. 3:03 "They cannot take the knight"?
    Wouldn't it be better for black to get the knight for a rook instead of… you know, actually giving the rook for free?

  34. After bc4 , d5 , bxd5 , now what if they dont move there bishop to e6 cuz now when Kg6 we cant Qf5 cuz the bxf5.

  35. You're the best teacher – I get so much out of your lessons, both for myself, and for those I teach.

  36. If I ever become a chess master, then the all the credit goes to you.

  37. Hey!
    Can someone help me out here? I was practicing this variation on the analyzer and I let the computer do the moves and when we attack the pawn with the goal of getting our rook free instead of moving the King the computer just checked me with the dark square bishop, so this theory kind of fall's apart (it actually doesn't, but it's a long way still until the mate)

  38. I should have started this class two years ago. Still 'better late than never' probably applies. Thanks!

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