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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  2. 6:07 After Bxd5… Kg6 Looks a bit better for Black, After analysing it, I can see why you said "In this game Black played Kg6" instead of d5. Thanks to you I am looking into these things Never done before. Thank You❤. I Would love to be a GM and I am starting off with the help of your videos. Thank you❤❤

  3. Hello dear, I hope you read ny comment. I started watching your tutorial and it's great. I had a game where my opponent played the f pawn. It all went well until at 6:08 my opponent didn't go Be6 to block the check while he had already sacrificed the d pawn and opened up his bishop. So at that point I couldn't give him another check with the queen defended by the pawn bcz he could capture my queen with his bishop. I see no other way out of that. At the end I got two pawns with my knight sacrifice.

  4. You're chess series really help me a lot ❤❤ love from India❤

  5. WOW, I wish I knew about this Fatal mistake before, I can recall how many times people defended the pawn this way and I didn't take advantage of it! Thank you!

  6. i just watched this video and went on to play a 10 min rapid. and my opponent(900) did an f6. lol. won by resignation.

  7. Its just because of you , i got interest in chess again after so long . Thank you so much . Best teacher 🙏💝

  8. Cracking tactic! Thanks, coach! 🤝🔥

  9. Learning what NOT to do is just as important as learning what to do. Beautifully explained.

  10. Great lesson as always! Does this work on the reverse also? As in, if white plays their F pawn?

  11. Damn man thank I just literally won a game after that

  12. Damiano Defense? More like Damiano Surrender!

  13. 5:54 Is there something to do if he block with d5? I don't think so :/

  14. I just wanna say thank you. I'm from Colombia and since the day I knew your videos my level is getting better each day. You are an excellent teacher. Congrats.

  15. Hi Robert! I have a question for you: At 4:28, after your queen takes the rook, what happens next? Is there a forcing variation to checkmate after the rook capture? Thanks 🙂

  16. the only thing that opponent did was move a pawn ……..
    he literally had no control in the entire game after that XDXD

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