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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov will teach you how to evaluate any chess position easily within seconds with the example of the world champion Magnus Carlsen’s games.

How do we say whether a position is equal or someone is better? Is it the material or attacking opportunities? What about positions where there is material imbalance?

Watch this video and learn the 4 key factors to evaluate a position, and the most important factor of them all to evaluate positions quickly!

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00:00 Evaluate Chess Positions like Magnus Carlsen

00:11 Example-1: Carlsen vs Giri

01:11 4 Factors to Evaluate Any Chess Position

04:12 Example-2: Esipenko vs Carlsen

06:02 Example-3: Carlsen vs Fedoseev

09:41 Example-4: Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi

09:49 Pro Tip: How GMs Evaluate?

10:45 How to evaluate activity of pieces?

12:42 Can you find the mate in one?

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Rook f2 to e2 mate by blocking the white check and white rook on e1.

Rg3#

12:42 Can you find the mate in one?

Answer: …+ Re2#. The Rook on the e file blocks the check to black King; and as it leaves f2,, opens the black dark Bishop to see along the g1-a7 diagonal and creates checkmate on g1 with the two black Rooks controling the white King's potential escape squares.

Re2#

1…Re2#

Rook g3

Re2 is the only mate in one for Black here. Those who say moving that rook anywhere on the 2nd rank will work are not noticing that Black is in check! Any move by that rook other than Re2 is illegal.

12:49 move the rook at the top one spot to the right

Rxg3 checkmate another rook is protected by bishop.

Excellent. Thank you

Rook G3+

Puzzle: As the black king is in check, Re2 blocks the check and delivers CHECKMATE!

Re2#

Re2#

Moving the rook on f2 to any square to the left is a checkmate

Either Rg3 or Re2. I read comments, black is in check….

1. – Re2#

Re2

Rg3

Rg3 or Re2 mate