If a picture can be worth a thousand words than I suppose it’s justifiable that I used two YouTube videos to explain a single chess position. These two episodes are part of a series dedicated to describing thought processes that will lead you to making better decisions during your chess games.
Episode One and Two of Chess Think feature a single position from move 20 of the 1925 game between Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Vladimir Vukovic. In episode one, we visualize a candidate move for black and then analyze all of the checks, captures and threats white can respond with. I consider to be the best thought process to avoid playing tactically unsound moves including the very tempting capture featured in episode One. In Episode Two, we use the checks, captures and threats method to locate a new candidate move and then to determine if our new move is winning.
Together, the first two videos of Chess Think launch an important series dedicated to the thought processes needed to excel in chess. If you are serious about improving at chess, start using the checks, captures and threats method of analysis described thoroughly in the two videos below. This method takes time and effort but the payoff is that you will immediately play better chess.