How to Beat Amateurs at Chess: 15 Highly Instructive Rapid Games

In this video, I play a bunch of entertaining and instructive rapid chess games in the lichess.org Rapid Shield Arena while explaining my thoughts and strategies. This was originally live-streamed on Twitch on December, 8th 2022. Timestamps below!

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0:00 oh no my opponent
0:30 Petrov Defense gets CRAZY
9:43 Crushing the French or Alekhine Defense???
14:50 Highly Strategic Nimzo Indian Defense
29:45 Caro Kann CRUSHED
39:00 Facing the Rossolimo
55:30 AGGRESSIVE Scandinavian Defense
1:11:40 OH NO MY OPPONENT AGAIN
1:12:05 Budapest Gambit 11-Move Miniature
1:15:36 Playing Like Magnus Carlsen?! (Tricky English vs Slav)
1:26:10 Reversed Blumenfeld Gambit leads to funny tactic
1:36:25 Facing the Alapin Sicilian
1:55:00 Boden Kieseritzky Gambit
2:14:00 Ponziani Opening leads to near SMOTHERED MATE
2:19:05 CRUSHING a TROLL Opening
2:22:30 ahhhh
2:23:00 SUPER AGGRESSIVE FINALE (vs Caro Kann)

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166 Comments

  1. These rapid tournaments always make for great instruction. I always get something out of them.

  2. I love the heart monitor idea Eric because I'm trying so hard to calm myself while playing. This game wipes me out!

  3. >be ~1500
    >"How to beat amateurs at chess"
    >Perfect, I never know how to punish weird moves
    >The amateurs are 1700
    >Cry

    Edit: in all seriousness this was actually a good video, it points out some of the stuff I also do that can exploited

  4. Eric – thanks for the content. Liked the Ponzioni game. Enjoyed this type of video.

  5. I loved the game at 14:50 as those are the games I almost always lose because I don't know what to do when both sides have a knight, two rooks, and most, in this case all, of the pawns on the board.

  6. MORE like this on Youtube please! 10min, instructional, slow where I can follow along with your logic is great!!!

  7. Live streams on YouTube might be the move I hardly ever watch twitch bc ads

  8. Opponents making huge blunders is not instructive at all, it's just boring to watch. Eric Rosen has became a greedy scammer resorting to deception to gain viewers. Sad!

  9. Your videos are inspirations to me 💯. Thanks for making chess contents

  10. Subtitled, " Look at how much better I am at chess than all of you losers."

  11. I would definitely have played the first game as well as Eric.

  12. Hello Eric, I don't see you play the Bishop opening much, do you know why? And how to analyse a game on Lechess on your profile or else ? is there a video to explain that ? please, thank you.

  13. In that last game with Larshusum why didn’t you consider fxe5?

  14. Did you account get hacked? Comment replies w/ your ‘name’ make no sense?

  15. I am a big Fan of 10 min games. Please more.

  16. Great instructional videos. Gutted you didn't get your smothered mate after the disco. Thanks for sharing. Greetings from East of England.

  17. If you guys have any extra time out of your day I would really appreciate it if you could stop by and check out my latest chess video and leave any feedback you may have, thank you! And dope video bro keep up the good work!!

  18. 6:31 from what I see you could also let the Knight go (protected by the Bishop).

  19. "Oh No My Opponent" had me rolling. So simple and so witty. Most importantly, a fun jab without being disrespectful.

  20. You're pretty good at this chess thing. I know it's impossible to technically "master," but I bet you could compete "internationally."

  21. Eric Rosen, you are a gentle scholar and kind gentleman. Thank you sir for your patient tutorials!!😇

  22. I am watching a lot of your content to learn how you approach these games. Or simply put, learning how to think like you. I played a talent last week, a 15-year old who only started playing chess 10 months ago but who already is better than most players at my chess club. He put me under a lot of pressure early on, but after I forced him to exchange queens I was able to change the dynamic and ultimately beat him. Very proud of that. When we analyzed the game together I noticed he approached it very different than me, and he memorized all his moves, and mine, while I was struggling to keep up looking at my notes to see what I played. 😂I am sure he will be well above 2000 rated in a couple years.

  23. How about an opening pawn scale? Like a chess arpeggio or something. You play a4 first game, when b4, then c4 and so on until h4. Of course, when you get White.

  24. @ 30:37 as soon as black moved the knight, I would have shoved my horse onto G6; because at my level (1200), I can see a lot of people snatching my knight just to be mated by my queen.

  25. Fun to watch I think your opponents are over anxious they’re making a lot of mistakes and bad moves they must be nervous feeling the pressure against you on you tube I like your casual style enjoyable like the game of Chess itself

  26. Good game pawn checkmate with the Rook third game I believe was kind of a pacif game as you say not too much doubt about the outcome at any point

  27. Can you turn off alerts on the recording for YouTube? Not so chilled video with them going off so loudly.

  28. Watched all 2 1/2 hours, opened my eyes to see more of what’s going on. Thank you!

  29. Love how eric says how to win against amateurs and at least the first two opponents are 1600 rated. I guess that might be an amateur for future grandmaster, but realistically how much higher will the average person go in their lifetime?

  30. Not very instructive to present games where opponents blunder like beginners. 🍪

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