Blitz Chess #458: 8 games in the ICC 3-minute pool

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Opponents include: GM Gil Popilski, GM Leonid Kritz, IM Claudio Minzer, Critter, T-rex, and Practice007.

Final score: 5 wins, 3 losses.


  1. I approve of the use of the Leningrad. 🙂

  2. it's interesting to see you experimenting with you openings…. i feel like i am building new brain cells just watching you try new lines. thanks again for the video!

  3. Just FYI, the video says it's the 1 minute pool

  4. You probably won't hear about this but the video says 1 minute pool.

  5. Fixed the title – thanks, guys 🙂

  6. 27:47 Easiest is switching up the move order: 34…Qxc1+! 35.Kxc1 a2 -+ with unstoppable promotion!

  7. You are wonderful John. 🙂 I hope you are feeling recharged!

  8. Would love to see more of those long sessions in the 5 minute pool. Just hard for patzers like me to follow this.

  9. At 33:37 Didn't it make more sense to play 23. Qg5 directly than to play 23. Ng5, because the knight is just in the way of Qh4-g5-h6? Love your videos btw.

  10. +John Bartholomew – I admire your ability to take a loss. (Even if it doesn't happen very often.) As a tennis coach I'm always interested in teaching kids how to deal with victory and defeat. What are your thoughts on the subject?

  11. The progress John's channel has made when you had to type John Bartholo in the youtube search bar to John Ba haha

  12. 9:55 bishop takes knight on f6. And if you don't take back with bishop for e.g with the pawn or rook Qh5 looks winning , and if you take back with the bishop , Bd5 check is winning !!

  13. thanks a ot for your great job of teaching and entertaining us, John, I'm from Cologne and you are my nummer one on youtube – even some others are very good as well 😉

  14. John, that almost looks like Gibaud-Lazard on your demo board (1 d4 Nf6 2 Nd2 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 h3?? Ne3 0-1) but not quite: there is a pawn on f4 instead of h3. What was the move order? 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nd2 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 f4?? Ne3 I suppose? Is there a deeper message?

  15. I like this new approach to 3 and 5 minute games John. Creative and satisfying. Thanks!

  16. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nf3 e6 6.d4 a6 7.a4 b6 8.Bg5 Bb7 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Ne5 O-O 11.Nxf7 Kxf7

    ( Stockfish 7 64 0.20 (depth 29) 11…Rxf7 12.Qxe6 Qf8 13.O-O Nc6 14.Rfe1 h6 15.Bf4 Bd6 16.Qxf7+ Qxf7 17.Bxf7+ Kxf7 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Ne4 Nxe4 20.Rxe4 Nb4 21.Re2 Bd5 22.b3 Nc6 23.Kf1 Rc8 24.c4 Nxd4 25.cxd5 Nxe2)
    ( 1.15 (depth 28) 11…Qe8 12.Ne5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Bd3 Nc6 16.Nxc6 Qxe2+ 17.Kxe2 Bxc6 18.f3 Rae8+ 19.Kf2 a5 20.b3 h6 21.h4 Re6 22.Rhe1 Kf7 23.Rxe6 Kxe6 24.Re1+ Kd6 25.h5 Bd7)
    ( 1.27 (depth 28) 11…Kxf7 12.Bxe6+ Ke8 13.O-O-O Qd6 14.Rhe1 Kd8 15.Kb1 Ne8 16.Bxe7+ Qxe7 17.Rd3 Nf6 18.Re3 Nc6 19.Bc8 Qxe3 20.Qxe3 Rxc8 21.Qg5 Rg8 22.d5 Ne7 23.f3 h6 24.Qe5 Re8 25.Rd1 Nexd5)
    ( 2.59 (depth 28) 11…Qxd4 12.Rd1 Qc5 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Qxe6 Qe7 15.Nd8+ Kh8 16.Qxe7 Bxe7 17.Nxb7 Ra7 18.Nd5 Bg5 19.f4 Bh6 20.Nxc7 Rxb7 21.Ne6 Re8 22.Kf2 g6 23.Rhe1 b5 24.Nc5 Rxe1 25.Rxe1 Rb6)

    12.Bxe6+ Ke8 13.O-O-O Qd6 14.Rhe1 Kd8 15.d5 Nbd7 16.g3 h6 17.Bf4 Qb4 18.Bxd7 Nxd7 19.Rd4 Qxd4 20.Qxe7+ Kc8 21.Qe8+ Rxe8 22.Rxe8# 1-0

  17. whoa, deft back rank mate at the end against practice007

  18. I understand absolutely nothing about the strategy in these videos but I still love them

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