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· One min read
Pawel Kacprzak

In this post, I want to show you how I correct my opening mistakes.

After playing a game, whether on lichess or, I analyze the game with the engine available there to see what bad moves I made. You probably think that's what most of us do and you are right.

However, the important question is:

Why that particular move was a mistake

And one way to answer that is to find YouTube videos explaining the position!

Finding YouTube video for a position

Wouldn't it be amazing if you can find YouTube videos exactly matching a position you want to explore? Of course, since we love technology, we want to do it automatically. That's exactly what you can do in Video Opening Explorer

Here's a short video I made where I show the whole process. Hope you enjoy it!

Try it yourself: Open the Video Opening Explorer

· 2 min read
Pawel Kacprzak

Often when watching chess video lectures, I hear the advice of not capturing the opponent's piece in favor of putting more pressure, for example, to get a more decisive attack. Also, often we hear the phrase:

When you see a good move, look for a better one

and sometimes this good move can be a capture, but the better move is not a capture. The simplest example is probably going for a checkmate attack and ignore the opponent's hanging Queen.

Having these ideas, I thought that we can try to form a hypothesis:

The better the player is the fewer captures per move on average they make

Let's see if we can prove it using real data.

· 4 min read
Pawel Kacprzak

A few weeks ago I was thinking about imbalances and asymmetries in chess, how they are created and how one can use them to their advantage. For example, trading a Bishop for a Knight, or the e-Pawn for the d-Pawn.

A natural study can arise from such thinking. Let define the Piece Lifetime first.

Piece Lifetime is the number of full-moves the piece was in the game. A piece is in the game until it gets captured or the game ends.

an immediate question is "What's the average Piece Lifetime for each of the 32 pieces?".