About The Author of this Chess Lectures Series ~ My name is Asgard Rambaldi, my elo is 2274 (Peak rating 2338), I’m from Never ever land ~ This channel is exclusively about chess.. Meaning that I don’t use it for anything but Creating and Watching chess videos, posting comments, rating and subscribing chess-material I’m playing the FICS server where my handle is Opinel I have decided to create an account on You Tube mainly because I want to help people learn this ancient game. I have studied many things in my life (Computer science, nutrition and am currently a med student) but none as profound as chess (schach-mat), I’ve learned a lot about life through chess!
Chess has been my fundamental drive for the last few years; I have no spectacular talent over-the-board. However, my understanding has good foundations and I am well versed in many aspects of the game. Many people are clouded by their own dogmatism and fail to see the art that binds all things to these sixty-four squares. These people are bound to see only the tedious and insignificant mechanical aspect of chess. I dare say that very few have been so entwined with the game that their very soul has been transformed and their psyche affect their game play… one needs not be a world champion to appreciate chess as a form of art, psychology and source of strength. I would therefore be so bold and state that I believe that chess history, chess culture, chess art and chess as a way of life is in the core of understanding the minute nuances of what we call “nature” – that can be detected and revealed through chess as a learning platform. Chess has proven to be a healing tool; it inspires the mind, strengthens the memory, cultivates imagination and helps symptoms such as Parkinson’s disease.
Chess is a natural antioxidant. I dare you to Suspend-your-disbelief and try it for your self before you make your final judgment on the matter. This channel is probably not for people who just learned how the pieces move but rather to the novice player. The player who seek for opening repertoire that will get him out of the opening in good shape so he may have a sound platform to express his gained knowledge that he learned from middle-game and end-game books. ~ My plans for this account are: My first goal is to create a solid repertoire for the novice player and hopefully to impart some wisdom in the process. The openings I chose for this role are sound by nature. They’re usually off-bit openings that stress the use of development, thematic ideas and good end-game. My second goal is to cover chess history, meaning: players of the past, how modern theory came about, chess culture, classical chess, people and things that influenced chess and so on… My third goal is to improve my English 🙂 so feel free to make corrections. ~ From the book “Blackburne’s chess games” Written by P. Anderson Graham “In chess it is exactly the same as in literature — talent is always more sure than genius. The most ordinary “wood-shifter” by long study and analysis, can acquire a steady defensive style of wood-shifting, and if patient and fairly intelligent can work up to a high standard of play. One of his sources of strength is that he depends entirely on that, as a Scot would say, “is putten in wi’ a spune”.
Any man of sound, clear common sense could become a chess player of the first rank, provided always that the fire and shadow of passion and fancy did not interfere with steady, cold, calculation brain. But genius is something other, something beyond the first rank, and it is rare in chess as it is in letters. You could count on one hand all who deserve the name. I would go to the Café de la reyence for the first, for philidor is the leader of the moderns. Breslau will give us the next, in point of time at all events; but who shall decide whether Anderssen was greater or less than Paul Morphy? With these the subject of this memoir deserves a place. He, too, has something beyond a talent for the game — he has genius. And I by no means say that this gift is always a blessing to its possessor. Talent is more under command, is more manageable, and while it is content to labour, genius has a haughty self-reliance that is not always justified. But just as one would never dream of admitting a man’s name into the brief list of great writers simply on account of vast sale of books, so the genius of a chess player is demonstrated not by his victories but by the quality of his play. A modern match, indeed, is largely a trail of patience.
Each competitor gets up an opening — a safe and sound one like the Ruy Lopez or the Queen’s Gambit — and day after day toils at its variations. Genius will never shine at that task — you might as well harness Pegasus to a broomstick.”
MY CHESS LIBRARY: ~~~ END-GAME: How To Play The Chess Endings by Zonsko-Borovsky ~~~ Silman’s Complete endgame Course by Silman ~~~ Devoretsky’s Endgame Manual by Devoretsky ~~~ Openings: Mastering The Spanish by King ~~~ Bronstein On The King’s Indian by Bronstein ~~~ The Complete Sveshnikov Sicilian by Yakovich ~~~ The Great Evans Gambit Debate by Rhode ~~~ Action Chess by Purdy ~~~ Pirc Alert by Alburt ~~~ Pirc Defence, A Second Line For White by Baker ~~~ Winning With The Kan by Mortazavi ~~~ Chess Openings Explained For Black by Alburt ~~~ PLAYERS: The Chess Genius Of Adolf Anderssen by Burnett ~~~ A First Book Of Morphy by Rosario ~~~ Paul Morphy And The Evolution Of Chess by Shibut ~~~ Blackburne’s Chess Games by Blackbure ~~~ The Games Of Wilhelm Steinitz, First World Champion by Steinitz ~~~ Lasker’s Greatest Chess Games by Reinfeld and Fine ~~~ The Life and Game Of Akiva Rubinstein by Donaldson ~~~ Botvinnik, One Hundred Selected Games by Botvinnik ~~~ Bobby Fischer, My Sixty Memorable Games by Fischer ~~~ C.J.S Purdy, His Life and Games and Writings by Purdy and Hammond ~~~ Pal Benko, My Life, Games and Compositions by Benko, SIlman and Watson ~~~ GAME COLLECTIONS: Chess From Morphy To Botvinnik by Konig ~~~ Masters Of The Chess Board by Reti ~~~ Zurich 1953 by Bronstein ~~~ Lesser Known Chess Masterpieces by Wilson ~~~ Golden Treasury Of Chess by Horowitz ~~~ Fischer vs Spassky by Golgoric ~~~ My Great Predecessors I by Kasparov ~~~ OTHERS: Winning With Chess Psychology by Benko (THE BEST CHESS BOOK EVER!!) ~~~ My System by Nimzovitsch ~~~ The Art Of Checkmate by Renaud and Kahn ~~~ Position And Pawn Tension In Chess by Levin ~~~ Secrets Of Modern Ches Strategy by Watson ~~~ The Road To Chess Improvement by Yermolinsky ~~~ Bobby Fischer Goes To War ~~~ The Treasury Of Chess Lore by Reinfeld ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ OTHER BOOKS I READ BUT DON’T OWN: ~~~ Alexander Alekhine, My Best Games Of Chess by Alkhine ~~~ Art of Attack In Chess by Vladimir Vukovic ~~~ A Startling Chess Opening Repertoire by Baker ~~~ Attacking with 1 e4 by John Emms ~~~ Attacking With 1.d4 by Angus Dunnington ~~~ Beating the Caro-Kann by Kotronias Vassilios ~~~ Capablanca Best Chess Endings by Irving Chernev ~~~ Chess Strategy In Action by Watson ~~~ Easy Guide to the Ruy Lopez by Emms ~~~ How to Play the Sicilian Defense by Levy and O’Connell ~~~ How to Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman ~~~ Kasparov Teaches Chess by Kasparov ~~~ Logical Chess by Chernev ~~~ Mastering the Sicilian by Kopec ~~~ Modern Defence by Jon Speelman ~~~ My best games of chess 1935-1957 vol 1 by Smyslov ~~~ Play the French by Watson ~~~ Play The St. George by Michael Basman ~~~ Secrets of Rook Endings by Nunn ~~~ Understanding The Grunfeld by Jonathan Rowson ~~~ Starting Out The Grunfeld by Jacob Aagaard ~~~ Starting Out The King’s Indian Defense by Joe Gallagher ~~~ Starting Out The Nimzo-Indian by ward ~~~ Tal’s Winning Chess Combinations by Tal ~~~ Tal Mikhail – Tal – Botvinnik, 1960 Match by Tal ~~~ The Alekhine for the Tournament Player by Alburt ~~~ The Game of Chess by Tarrasch ~~~ The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings by Fine ~~~ The Ultimate King’s Indian Attack by Dunnington ~~~ The Ultimate Tarrasch Defense by Schiller ~~~ Winning Chess Openings by Seirawan ~~~ Winning With The King’s Gambit by Gallagher ~~~ Winning with the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation – A Soltis ~~~ Lasker’s manual of chess – Emanuel Lasker ~~~