National Master Dan Heisman is a name that is synonymous with excellence in chess coaching and teaching. Dan authors the award-winning Novice Nook column (winner of three Chess Journalists of America "Best Instruction" awards), aimed at improving adults, for chesscafe.com that are clearly written and offer very practical advice and tips on how to improve your game. More info about Dan can be found here.
In the new Improve Your Chess IV series, Dan provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve.
Today's show: White allows Black to hold the pawn after ...dxc4 in a Fianchetto Semi-Slav. White tries to play aggressively but his game falls apart. He tries a desperate kingside attack and Black defends poorly, allowing at least a draw. However, White tries to win and ends up with an inferior game. In the endgame, Black is much better, but captures a pawn the wrong way, allowing White the opportunity to grab a key file with a rook and possible winning chances. However, White fails to take that opportunity and then, finally, his chances run out and Black is able to reel in the win.
Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin brings you a new show every Friday at 15:00 Server Time. Joel is regarded by many as one of the best commentators and analysts we have in the game today -- so if you want to get ahead of the game, get ready to tune-in!
There were a number of interesting stories at the 2016 Gibraltar Masters. Hikaru Nakamura showed he knows how to turn it on at the end of a Swiss System tournament, taking first after a playoff with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Vishy Anand struggled mightily, suffering two upset losses (one to 16-year-old Benjamin Gledura) and drawing several games, including one with American IM Marc Esserman, who also defeated Nigel Short in the tournament. Etienne Bacrot, himself a former prodigy, quietly had a strong tournament, placing third with 7.5 points. In this week's featured game, he fared rather better than Anand against another 16-year-old, Aryan Tari of Norway. A cutting edge, lightly travelled opening variation gave rise to highly tactical play that resolved relatively quickly and brutally.
Gibraltar Masters 2016
Caro-Kann: two knights variation
"GM Alterman's Gambit Guide"
February 11, 2016
We all know of the Winawer variation in the French defense, but in 1901 at Monte Carlo against Frank Marshall, Polish legend Szymon Winawer (1838-1920) introduced us to his counter-gambit in the Slav defense with 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 e5!? Although seldom seen at top level nowadays, even Garry Kasparov had to face the aggressive Winawer counter-gambit when its modern-day guru, Pedrag Nikolic, played it against the then world champion at the 1992 Manila Olympiad. Other players who have played it include Johnny Hector and Alexander Morozevich. And in his latest Gambit Guide, GM Boris Alterman takes a look at the Winawer counter-gambit in a new two-part series.
Don't miss this formative series by our GM Boris Alterman!
GM Larry Christiansen is a three-time U.S. Champion and one of the most dangerous and respected attacking players of his generation. He is a feared competitor and attacker who authored two popular books that showcase his aggressive
the Barricades and Rocking
the Ramparts. Each week on the show, Larry
will feature various attacking motifs and themes and showing
you how best to play for mate.
Today's show is: More Gems from the Rock
The Gibraltar Chess Festival, recently concluded and won by super GM Hikaru Nakamura, who had to show all his Blitz prowess to defeat the other chess star Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the playoffs, is a source of amazing attacking games, like it often happens with Open tournaments. This year a lot of strong and emergent youngsters, together with veteran players and super GMs participated in the event, making it one of the most interesting Opens of the year. Today, in the second installment dedicated to the Gibraltar Open, GM Larry Christiansen presents us with two excellent examples of attacking games. In the first game FM Kazim Gulamali (CapitalG on ICC) is on the receiving end of a spectacular attack performed by the young and promising Norwegian GM Aryan Tari (PaYbAcK on ICC). It is a typical example of attacking game: the strong Norwegian reacts boldly to white's openings, to unleash an early and vicious attack, leaving Gulamali no chance to escape. The second game is a very high-level attacking effort played by English strong GM Gawain Jones (Verdenotte on ICC). His opponent is the young Russian WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (skelarog on ICC). Gawain conducts an impressive attack, diving into a highly tactical position, with a lot of possible variations. Another amazing episode of "Attack with LarryC!".
Continuing with the protagonists of the Avro 1938 tournament, today GM Ronen Har-Zvi takes us into the world of one of the greatest players of the last century: Reuben Fine. Fine is another piece of evidence that WWII changed deeply chess history. He could have been a chess world champion if not for the war. Fine was born in 1914 and in the early 30's he was already a worldwide chess star. Ho won all the 7 US Championships he played in (open format back then) and 5 gold medals in three Olympiads. Fine has a plus or even score with all the World Champions he played in his career, which is an incredible achievement. His interests were not only related to chess, though. He was a psychologist, a university professor, and author of many books. Fine was considered as a serious contender for the World Chess Championship, and he was invited to play in the 1948 6-player tournament to determine the new world champions after Alekhine's death in 1946. But fine withdrew, for professional reasons, and actually retired from professional chess at that moment. Don't miss this interesting episode of "Ronen's Greatest Hits!".
Former World Champion and legendary chess teacher Mikhail Botvinnik was the originator of the “Every Russian school boy knows” chess aphorism, which alluded to the fact that thousands of unknown schoolboys back in Russia - due to the intense training methods they received from a young age - likely knew more about the game than most professionals did in the West.
One player who came through that legendary Soviet training camp is former U.S. Champion GM Alexander Yermolinsky. And each Sunday in his new hit show, “Every Russian Schoolboy Knows”, Alex will explain and expand on all the top tips and tricks gleaned from those famed training methods.
Today's show is: "A triumph of opening preparation"
In the key last round from the 2015 Belgrade Trophy Open GM Suat Atalik decides to employ the Kings Indian Defense against ultra-solid Serbian GM Milan Vukic, who always meets it with the g3 system. Since Black has a hard time generating counter-play in usual lines with e7-e5, Suat chooses the sharp variation where his knight appears to be stranded on a5. In order to get things going he looks at some new ideas from the games of Ding Liren and this game plan meets with a roaring success.
In this series, John Watson looks at a wide variety of unconventional openings, ranging from early flank moves to wild piece sacrifices. Everyone has to face such variations from time to time, and most players are not well-prepared to deal with the challenges they pose. Watson provides you with the ammunition to punish the antipositional or overambitious moves that often characterize irregular play.
John Watson is on break the next two weeks. IM Mark Ginsburg will be stepping in with an excellent video series Upholding the Sicilian: Smith-Morra Gambit.
The Sicilian Defense is by far Black's most popular answer to 1 e4 at all levels of chess - but many White players prefer to avoid the main lines by playing one of the multitude of so-called ‘Anti-Sicilian' lines on offer. These alternatives to 2 Nf3 include the primitive but dangerous Grand Prix Attack, one or two wild gambits, and also some tedious and niggling variations such as the Alapin with 2. c3, the Closed Sicilian, the Moscow/Rossolimo with 3. Bb5(+) and the KIA which are all designed to stamp out any fun Black was envisaging when playing 1...c5.
But fear not, because there's an antidote to it all: "Upholding the Sicilian" by IM Mark Ginsburg, who in a new video series provides a reliable repertoire to all those annoying sidelines!
The Holiday season is always a favorite time of the year to watch The French Connection, and here on ICC Chess.FM, we have our own version of the cult classic with a new series of GM Varuzhan "Popeye" Akobian videos based on his own ideas and repertoire as a lifelong maven of the French Defense!
Akobian's French Connection is a new five-part series that will give everyone from beginner to expert player the framework for further research on a reliable system to meet 1 e4 with e6!
GM Boris Alterman will be on holiday throughout December and Gambit Guide will be back again in January 2012.
"Positional Exchange Sacrifice" by FM Valeri Lilov (Tiger-Lilov)
While IM John Watson takes a well-earned break from his regular show Beyond the Opening, his spot for the next two Tuesdays is filled by FM Valeri Lilov, with a bonus 4-part video series for members on positional exchange sacrifices. Pt 1 & 2 are shown together, with 3 & 4 next week.
This month (Tue., 7 June ), replacing IM John Watson for now as guest host of Chess Talk will be international chess journalist Janis Nisii (Janis on ICC). Janis lives and works in Italy and has reported on several major elite tournaments for magazines such as New In Chess, Chess (UK), 64 (Russia), Europe Echecs (France), Jaque (Spain), Schach (Germany) and Torre & Cavallo (Italy).
And her very special guest in a two-part Chess Talk special needs no introduction, as it is world No.3 and recent candidate Levon Aronian. Levon Aronian has led tiny chess mad Armenia to two Olympiad Golds in 2006 and 2008 and his most recent victory was winning the final Amber Tournament in Monte Carlo.
Mikhail Tal has a special place in the hearts of most chess players. Tal deeply loved the game of chess and believed "Chess, first of all, is Art."
Fittingly, the 2009 Tal Memorial in honor of the "Magician from Riga" is the strongest tournament of the year, and one of the strongest fields of all time. MORE INFO.
The 2nd Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament takes place 27th Sept - 9th October 2009 in Nanjing, China. The total prize fund is $365,000 (250,000 Euros) and event is part of the Grand Slam series, with the winner getting an automatic seat into next year’s Grand Slam Masters Final. MORE INFO.
The Scandinavian Defense (or Centre Counter) has risen in a relatively short time from being a theoretical backwater to a fully-blown main line opening. Its change in name to the Scandinavian came in the mid-1980s with its rehabilitation at top level by Denmark's Bent Larsen. And its rise since then has been nothing short of meteoric, even being used with great effect by Vishy Anand in his unsuccessful 1995 world title match against Garry Kasparov.
Against 1 e4, the Scandinavian is hugely popular at club level
because Black gains a minor psychological victory by setting the agenda from
the off with 1..d5! And in his new ICC Chess.FM series on the Scandinavian,
Pete Tamburro explores the 2...Qxd5 lines in five videos (and with a two volume
set to come later on 2 ..Nf6) that will take you through all the key themes
and strategies required for Black to play this popular, and easy-to-play opening
with confidence - and sizzling success!
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