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Chess Fundamentals #3: Typical Mistakes

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IM John Bartholomew Fundamentals Game analysis Beginner games Beginner

A student of mine, Zac, (MuskieMan33), graciously agrees to be the "case study" for this discussion of typical mistakes at the U1200 level. I examine a few of Zac's recently completed games, and then I critique three of his games that he plays in real time on the Chess.com "Live Chess" server. Lots of things to chew on: opponent's threats, pawn breaks, squares, planning, and (of course!) coordination and undefended pieces!

Thanks to Zac for volunteering for this video and putting his play on display for instructional purposes.

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