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This lesson talks about one of the most universal strategic rules in chess – principle of the least active piece.

You might have studied this principle in my past lessons, but it’s VERY important that I would highly recommend that you brush up your knowledge. Plus, it contains some really beautiful games, and 1 cool puzzle for you. Try it out! 🙂

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  1. I’m assuming you only apply this principle if there are no captures, threats or checks ? Or do you look for those first and if there aren’t any you apply this? The context seems to be when you have eliminated those first options and need to make a solid move. Help please

  2. You are awesome man!!! I appreciate your style!!! I wish you were my next door neighbor lol… I would be good af fast ♟👍

  3. Knight to G5, and bishop to H7 would have been an instant check mate

  4. I don’t know if this is a real strategy.. but I like to get one of the pawns diagonally in front of my opponent’a king with a knight, and try to attack that lane early with the corresponding bishop and my queen.

    Anybody with chess knowledge know if that’s a thing?

  5. First example is kind of stupid. He activates the bishop but did nothing with it lol. Gonna stop watching

  6. At 6:42 the black shouldn’t of moved the kind they should’ve moved the castle there so even if the bishop took the castle the king would take the bishop

  7. Kd3 then i don't know what black does BxH3, NxH3

  8. سلام آقای ایگور. منتظر ایمیل شما

  9. Queen takes e5 , if white takes rook goes d8 , black king has to go e7 then black bishop goes c5 checkmate

  10. White :Queen x pawn e5 check
    Black : Bishop e7
    White : Queen x rook check
    Black : Bishop f8
    White with material advantage should win.

  11. This one was easier than the others just sacrifice queen. GG

  12. Also u can mate in 2. B-Bishop B6 after black moves. W-bishop c8 after rook takes continue with Queen to E5 after pawn captures Rook D8 check after rook takes pawn captures and promotes turning into Queen checkmate.

  13. It is quene sacrifies…. 1) c3 to e5 so he will take the quene… than 2) rook d1 to d8 check… pawn defends rook… so king to e7 forced
    3)bishop e3 to c5 is checkmate….

  14. the first position is perfect for the greek gift attack

  15. 1.Qxe5+ dxe5 2.Rd8+ Ke7 3.Bc5# – Answer for the puzzle at the end.

  16. E3 to C5, then D1 to D8 and finally C3 to E5 checkmate.

  17. At 7:07 , the black knight could have attacked the white's queen

  18. Thank you now I can probably beat my dad at chess now

  19. I can’t get passed 1100+ ELO I need tips

  20. White: Queen to e5
    Black:d6 to e5 (pawn captures queen)
    White: rook to e8 (check)
    Black: king to e7
    White: bishop to c5 (checkmate)

  21. 1.Qxe5+ dxe5 2.Rd8+ Ke7 3Bc5# Kinda like a Boden's mate.

  22. I would have played Queen takes on E5 check, if D takes e5, rook to D8 check, king F7, bishop to C5 is checkmate. 2nd option, when queen takes E5, bishop to E7, then queen takes rook on H8 with check, bishop to f8 and then white is up a rook in material.

  23. Awesome video Awesome tatics . Thanks a lot.

  24. Push rook on D1 to D4 to force queen to go back

  25. Hmmm I just started playing chess about 2 days ago, but I'd say to move Queen to C6, checking the King, and if where ever they move, they would be trapped. Say they move D8, then move the queen to D7. If they kill the queen, they'd be checkmated.

    Edit: I don't really know if this would work, but that's just what I was thinking.

  26. 1- Dx h5 1-dxh5 2- R d8+ 2-ke7 3- b c5# ( 1- be7 2- Dxa8 + 2- be7 3-De5+3- be7

  27. Great concepts! I’m jumping back into chess for the first time in 20, mainly doing it for mental sharpness. When I use your two principles I saw in a previous video I seem to have some more success.

    1. Principle of Attack
    2. Principle of least active piece

    Now I am trying to learn different openings but when I do that vs applying these principles I seem to do worse. I need to get better at applying these principles with my openings.

  28. I can see a few different strategies for white to win but none of them incorporate the "least active pieces," which would be kg8 and Rh8.

  29. Why are the prawns that haven't yet moved considered active?

  30. I think the game needs no copy right moves. Just to avoid endless the game.

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