30 April 2014

Video on beating the English

FM Alisa Melekhina - who was previously mentioned in Chess vs Life - recently started recording videos for Chess.com and I was pleasantly surprised to see that video #2 features an effective annotation of an attacking game in the English.  Sadly for English players, Black (Alisa) wins handily with a kingside breakthrough, but it is instructional nonetheless to see how White should not play against a King's Indian Defense (KID) type setup.  The broader lesson, always helpful to see illustrated, is not to follow a stereotyped plan in your opening and to pay the necessary attention to what your opponent is doing.

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