Hey , guys , I was recently playing a game against the lower rated player and I had a position very similar to what you see on the screen right now .
And I played the move queen takes G two .
It's obviously attacking the rook in the corner and my opponent played the move 92 H three .
I captured the rook and the game was basically over at this point , I just won the rook for free and a few moves later , I won the game but had my opponent played the move queen to F three , the game would have went on .
They would have actually saved their rook because the queen defends it and I could take the queen .
But then it's just a queen trade .
Yes , I did still get a pawn out of the deal , but it was just a pawn .
The game was gonna go on and it's a relatively equal position .
White lives to fight another day , but they weren't aware of that trick .
And like I said , just ended up losing .
And after that game , it occurred to me that there are actually a lot of these kind of situations in chess where it looks like something really bad is going to happen .
But if you know the secret or the trick to kind of save the position , you can play that and the game goes on , right .
So in this video , I'm gonna give you 10 of these very specific situations where it looks like something bad has happened or something bad is about to happen .
But I'm gonna give you the sort of secret to defend against that and either get into a good position or at least save your position to where you can play on .
So having said that , let's take a look at these 10 different situations .
All right .
So here's the first situation .
You're playing a game and your opponent plays the move queen a five check .
And you're like , oh no , I just got forked .
I'm losing my bishop .
I'm in trouble and you play a move like queen D two and they take your bishop , right ?
Was that the best that you could have done ?
No , absolutely not .
So let's go back .
What should we play in this position ?
Well , Knight to C three actually blocks the check , but at the same time , it defends your bishop and you're totally fine .
The game goes on .
You don't lose a piece , you're just fine .
So I want you to remember that a lot of the times on queen to a five check .
If it's for king , your king and bishop .
Knight to C three is kind of a natural move that usually you will have available uh to defend your bishop .
Now , a little bonus tip for you .
Here's a position that's very similar , but a little bit different .
And again , black plays queen to a five check and you're like , OK , I know what to do .
Nelson told me this night to see three .
Wait a minute , I don't have a night to move to C three .
I guess .
I'm just losing my bishop right wrong .
In this case , you can play the move C three and we block the check with our pawn .
And we also unleash our queen to defend the bishop on a four , right ?
So this is another version depending on where your bishop is .
If it's on B five or if it's on a four , then your queen can help by just moving the pawn up .
So I want you to remember those two options night to C three and C three .
And if you ever find yourself in a fork like this , usually you can save the bishop by doing one of those two things .
All right .
So here's the next situation .
Blacks turn and they play D four attacking your night and you're like , OK , let me move my knight to safety .
Wait a minute .
It's pinned .
I guess I'm just in trouble and I'm losing my night .
And a lot of people in this position would play something like bishop D two trade and you just lost a night for a , it's a really bad trade and now you're in big trouble .
But what you can do a lot of the times in these situations is attack that bishop with your side .
So in this case , it's the aon .
It can also happen over here and you would use the H POD .
But we simply play a three .
And now if black takes their and guess what , we take their bishop and we just trade it .
Of course they can take here , but we just take and we're , we're happy with this , right ?
The other thing that they could try when we attack it , they can retreat the bishop .
Guess what ?
We attack it again .
And now we kind of have the same situation if they take our night , we take their bishop .
It's just a trade and we're happy , right ?
And of course , if they go back , well , now we can move our night somewhere to safety because there's no more pin .
So remember if you find yourself in a situation where one of your knights is pinned can happen on either side and your opponent pushes a pawn forward and it looks like you're about to lose a piece .
Usually you can save the piece by doing something like this .
So keep that in mind pretty common and that's gonna save you .
Uh , you know , more often than , than you realize right .
Here's the next situation and this one should look familiar but black plays queen takes G two and we're like , oh no , our rook is trapped .
I guess we're losing our rook and we have to do something and that's just too bad .
No wrong .
Remember queen to F three ?
It's defended by the night .
So you don't have to worry about that .
And this is defending your rook .
So if black tries to take your rook , you're just gonna take their queen , right ?
So a lot of times when your rook is stuck in the corner like this , the only way to defend it is with a diagonal piece .
Usually it's your queen or your bishop like this .
And this could also happen if you imagine if your bishop was on E two , you could also play bishop to , to F three to defend your rook that way .
So remember this , you don't have , have to lose your rook .
Just play queen F three .
Yes , you still lost the pawn , which is not great , but it's a lot better than losing an entire rook .
All right .
The next situation is very similar .
Notice , it's almost the same position except this time our night has already been developed .
So now black takes on G two .
We have to move our rook somewhere , right ?
Because our rook is still being attacked and sometimes people will play to move rook to F one here .
This is really a bad choice .
What you want to do if this ever happens is play rook to G one because you gain a tempo on the queen .
You chase the queen around and usually the queen only has one place to go H three .
And sometimes you can even follow that up by getting some more attacks on the queen .
So for example , Rook to G three Jay and the queen around , right ?
And we just got , you know , a rook kind of activated into the game .
Yes , we lost the pawn , which maybe wasn't worth it .
But a lot of times you , you'll be in a decent position if you do this .
So remember if the queen ever comes down and takes that pawn , usually you can just slide your rook over .
It can also happen here .
One thing I want to point out , you do have to make sure that your night is defended for this to work .
So right now the queen is defending the knight .
If that's not the case , you might have to try to find another solution .
Otherwise you might just be losing your night .
But in this case , it is defended .
So Rook G one works just fine .
So keep that in mind , this is a nice way to get some tempos with your rook on the queen .
And a lot of times that can counteract , you know , counteract the fact that you lost upon .
Sometimes you can even follow it up with knight to G five depending on what you're attacking over here , you might actually have a , some type of a fork , right ?
So , keep all those things in mind .
All right .
So here's the next situation you're playing the game and black plays the move queen to D one check , slams it down on the board and you're like , oh man , I'm in trouble .
I'm getting check mated because if I take the queen , the rook's gonna take me and that's , that's it .
I'm just done for .
So you resigned because you think you , you lost .
Was that the correct choice ?
No , not the correct choice .
Why is that whenever you have this back rank threat like this and you can't take the piece because then the other piece is coming in .
What you can sometimes do is block this check with another piece .
And in this example , our rook over here on E seven can actually just come back and we prevent the checkmate because if the queen tries to take it , guess what this rook is now involved .
And we just actually one black queen if black does that .
So this is an idea that a lot of people forget about .
They forget that if you have some other piece , you can swing it back .
You don't have to just immediately take that piece because then you do lose , right ?
Because if you take it first and now try to come back , it's too late .
It just doesn't have that extra rook defending .
So you have to do it right away before you make any trades because you need this guy to defend it .
And Black's rook now doesn't really play a role .
So you just kind of have your two rooks against Blacks queen and you're OK .
All right .
So that's a good technique to remember to uh defend against the back rank checkmate .
Also a little bonus tip here , be careful when you get to the end of the game like this .
Sometimes it's wise to push one pawn forward to give your king a little escape escape route , right ?
So that if something like this happens , you can normally just run away with your king .
So just keep that in mind .
But yeah , this , this rook blocking idea is really good to keep in mind .
All right .
So here's the next situation .
It's white's turn and they play the move queen 22 , attacking our night and we start to look around , ok , let's move our night back .
Wait a minute , wait a minute , everything is covered .
Wait a minute , our nights trapped , we're losing our nights .
We can't go anywhere right wrong .
So if you find yourself in a situation like this where it's being attacked by a queen or another piece , maybe a , a bishop or something , you can play like d five to defend it .
And even though there's on pass to take a pawn , whenever this happens , now , you can recapture with your night and you save your night because that pawn , which was kind of restricting your knight's movement is gone .
And so this , you know , just keep that idea in mind .
Sometimes it also works with the other pawns .
So like f five , same kind of a deal if they pass on , you can take .
So depending on the situation , keep that in mind , it's a good way to save a night that maybe , you know , got a little bit overextended and it looks like it's trapped .
Probably you can do this uh And save it .
All right .
So here's another situation .
It's black to play .
They play the move night to B four .
And let's just say , hypothetically , you didn't see this , OK ?
You were focused on something else .
You played G four to attack the bishop and you didn't see that they could just take this pawn .
So they take it and you're like , great , I'm done for , I'm losing my rook .
I'm just completely lost .
You're thinking about resigning .
You're not sure .
Um What I want to remind you of is a lot of the times when this kind of stuff happens , you can usually get two pieces for your rook .
So how does this , how does this work ?
King to D two ?
They take your rook , you can take the bishop now , right ?
And let's just say they take you back and what , what do you notice about this night ?
It's trapped , right ?
It can't actually escape .
And so what we can do is say , OK , I'm gonna come over here with my king and take it or even just move this bishop and take it with my rook because it's trapped .
And if you can accomplish that .
So let's just say you play bishop D three and black .
I don't know if that's something and you take it , you ended up getting a knight and a bishop or a rook in a pond , right ?
Which is actually not a bad trade at all .
I would say you're in the lead .
Now , I think the two pieces is better than the rook in the pond .
So , what I want you to remember is even if you ever find yourself getting forked by a night like this , you always want to kind of ask yourself , ok , at the end of this fork , can I get that night at least ?
And then maybe if you can get another piece , like in this case , the bishop and you actually come out on top ?
So keep that in mind the fact that after the night takes it as long as you kind of plan for that .
That's why we moved king to D two and not like king to E two , right ?
Because if you would have went to E two , let's say , and the night takes , we take , well , now the night's just gonna escape on us and we don't , we don't get it right .
So it's important that we played both of these really work .
I like D two a little bit better .
But , uh , it's important that you keep that in mind , you gotta keep it trapped .
And as long as you get the night you should be doing OK ?
All right .
So , speaking of Knights being trapped , here's another example for you .
So we're playing this game against Black and Black plays the move night to before .
And they're feeling pretty clever about themselves because they just fork their pads and they're thinking , hey , look at that , I'm gonna win a pond , right ?
What you can do when this kind of situation happens is you can play C three .
And why are we playing C three ?
Well , the reason is if black takes this , which by the way is a big mistake , we can again trap the night by playing king the D one and notice how the pawns are kind of stopping these two squares from the night .
And so then all you have to do is somehow stop this square with , with another one of your pieces .
A lot of times there's a rook back there or in this case , it's our king , right ?
And the night is just stuck the night .
Can't go anywhere so black can do whatever they want .
We're gonna come over with our king and guess what ?
Once we get here that night is , is trapped , worst case or best case for Black , they have to give it up for here .
And the night is gone , we're probably gonna be able , uh , to win this end game now .
So , going back , sometimes you can just let the night take that pawn .
As long as you're able to play C three , there's a very good chance that that night is going to be trapped .
And you can see how it's different than if we play a three because now the night takes here and this is much more difficult to trap the night here because it has a lot of places , right ?
That it could potentially go to .
So you have to do it correctly and play C three and then you just go over there and , and get yourself a free night .
So keep that one in mind , right ?
And the next situation is actually very similar .
You can , you notice this position is almost the same , but I've swapped blacks knight for a bishop and let's just say that they take this pawn .
What do you think my recommendation is going to be for what we can do ?
That's right .
We're gonna play B three and we're gonna trap the bishop and learn it .
It can't go anywhere , it can go here .
But then our king just comes over and guess what ?
We're gonna trap it , right ?
And eventually we're gonna come here over here and just take it .
We just want a piece .
So , same idea .
Except , you know , the way that you trap it is .
Obviously different depending on if it's a knight or a bishop that takes your pawn .
But keep that in the back of your mind .
Now , a little bonus tip for you here , let's just say for the sake of example , here we're playing black , we capture the pawn and white plays B three on us .
And we're like , oh no , this is what Nelson said .
Now , my bishop is gone right wrong .
If this happens to you don't panic , what you wanted to do is immediately start pushing this pawn down .
And why do I say that ?
Because if we can get here right away and force White to capture us , guess what ?
Then our bishop is gonna be able to escape .
So for example , a five white's coming over to , to trap it , right ?
A four and notice now , well , first of all , if white takes us , we we're fine .
Our bishop can't survive .
So that's great .
We saved our bishop .
But if white , let's say he goes here to try to continue trapping us .
Well , now we can just take and if , if white does this , they lost too many ponds , right ?
We take here and we're about to get a queen and they can't , they don't have time to take our bishop .
They can take our pond .
But still our bishop is fine .
We actually got all of white's pawns in the process .
So if that happens to you remember , start pushing that pawn , OK ?
Now , depending on how , where the king is , you might not have time .
But in this example , you , you would have time because the king needs three moves to get over there and you have , you know , two moves and you're ready to go .
So , uh just , you know , some tips there regarding trapped bishops .
Definitely something you want to think through before you take the pawn , right ?
Like if , if White's king was sitting over here on C one .
I would not take that because of course , I'm just gonna get trapped .
So those are the things you want to , you know , keep in mind .
So the last situation I have for you is this position right here .
It's white to play and they hit us with the stunning move .
Bishop takes F seven check .
And as we sort of try to figure out what's going on , we notice that if we take the bishop , it lures our king away and then White's queen is gonna come down and take our queen for free .
And so we kind of have a moment of panic and we're like , well , let me try to go to E SEVEN to defend my queen .
And then White hits us with bishop G five and we're toast .
We are absolutely toast .
We lose the queen , we're losing the game .
Everything is just , that's it .
So , uh what do we do wrong ?
Well , there's a little trick here .
And first of all , this is a nice tactic to be aware of .
If you haven't seen this before , you sacrificed the bishop to lure the king away so that your queen can take .
So whenever you have tension between the queens and your bishop is lined up , keep that in mind .
But here's what I want you to remember if this happens to you .
Takes , takes sometimes depending on the position .
But in this case , it works , You've got a rook lined up with the queen .
So if we can take advantage of that somehow and actually we can bishop to be for check , unleashes our rook and it's check with the bishop .
So if White just blocks our bishop , we take the queen , right ?
We get our queen back .
The only other thing they could do is block with the queen , but again , we still take it , we still get our queen back .
Yes , we lost the pond .
Yes , White's probably a little better here , but the game goes on , right .
You still have a fighting chance and it's not like immediately over when you lose your queen .
So keep that in mind a little discovered check idea there with the , the bishop and you know , to get the rook to come over to , to , to save your queen .
So , um yeah , that's uh what I have for you there .
All right guys .
Well , I hope you enjoyed those 10 different ways to kind of save the position even though it looks like it might be really bad .
A lot of times you do have tricks to get out of it .
I'll see you over here in this video where I present you with three positions and you have to choose which one is the winning position .
But as always stay sharp , play smart and take care .