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        "Welcome to ICC’s super video collection! Scroll down to discover over 3,000 hours of video instruction at your fingertips! Sign up and unlock all premium and bonus videos!"  -GM Larry Christiansen

 

 

GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Greatest Hits!

August 29, 2016 

    

With this series GM Ronen takes us in the world of Viktor Korchnoi!

Viktor Korchnoi - Part 2


There are many ways people have addressed him: the "terrible", the strongest player ever not to become world champion, some not-so-nice names, gentleman, and so on so forth. Viktor Korchnoi is for sure one of the most influential and important personalities in the chess world in the last... 60 years or so. He wasn't a chess prodigy and became a well-known GM when he was into his 20's. Nowadays if you're not a GM at 13, you are a nobody; back then it was different. There were no computers, no Fritz or Houdini or Komodo and, more importantly, there weren't like 20 important tournaments a year. To become a Grandmaster in the 50's of the last century was somewhat more difficult. It would be almost impossible to list Korchnoi's long career achievements in a few lines of text, but not mentioning that he was a candidate 10 times, four-time Russian Champion, five-time member of Soviet teams that won the European championship, six-time member of Soviet teams that won the Chess Olympiad, and that in 2006 he won the World Senior Chess Championship, would be unjust. GM Ronen Har-Zvi played the great Viktor in the 90's, and worked with him as his second. This three-video series is Ronen's personal tribute to one of the greatest players of all time.

 

   

 

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

August 28, 2016 


    

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 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: Build your opening repertoire - Part 12

Now it comes to my personal experience, the comeback game for the whole 3...c5 line. I used Andreikin's idea of developing the bishop to g4 early and seemingly I had a good game going, but then I misplayed the resulting early middlegame position. Still, more work to be done...

 

   

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

August 27, 2016

    

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.

Imbalanced Game with Instructive Points

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: Black plays the rare 4...Qe7 vs the Scotch and then blunders with 5...Qb4? but White misses an instructive winning idea. Later Black misses 14.Qxa7 but White plays passively and allows Black chances. White continues to miss not-so-obvious attacking ideas and the game remains double-edged. Finally Blacks erroneously sacrifices a pawn to open White's kingside, but White can capture with check, and from there the attack is strong and decisive.

 

   

 

GM Joel Benjamin's Game of the Week

August 26, 2016 

    

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!

William Lombardy, Mark Diesen, Yasser Seirawan, Maxim Dlugy, Ilya Gurevich, and Tal Shaked. To this list of American World Junior Champions we add Jeffery Xiong, who at 15, is the youngest clear winner in the 55 year history of the event. Xiong profited from a somewhat softer field than usual, as most of the top European players did not make the trip to Bhubaneswar, India. Nevertheless, his victory was extremely convincing, as he clinched first place with a round to spare, finishing a point clear of Vladislav Artemiev at 10.5 out of 13. Xiong understood that the Champion needs to pile up points, though he was generally able to do that without taking great risks. The one exception was his pivotal eighth round over Chithambaram Aravindh of India. This was a true barn burner, with caution thrown to the wind as both sides pursued mating attacks. No guts, no glory... Jeffery Xiong had the former and earned the latter.

 

   

White: GM Xiong
Black: GM Aravindh
Description:   World Junior Championship
ECO: B31: Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rossolimo attack
Run Time: 00:40:05

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

August 25, 2016 

    

There's no question that the late great David Bronstein (1924-2006) was a true chess genius. He was an independent thinker at the board, and his original ideas almost single-handedly re-invented the King's Indian Defence in the 1950s. He was even willing to play dynamic gambits in the most important of situations, such as the 1956 Candidates Tournament in Amsterdam, when he shocked Boris Spassky and the chess world with a stunning queen sacrifice in the Smisch variation with 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Qd2 Qh4+!? - with Black getting two bishops and two pawns for the queen in a very unbalanced position. The variation is still unclear to this day, and it makes for a very good surprise weapon to have in your arsenal. And in an extended series of Gambit Guide for ICC, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at the Bronstein influence in the Smisch variation starting with his daring queen sacrifice.

Part 6: KID Samisch Variation

 

   

 

GM Larry Christiansen's "LarryC's Tactic Handbook"

August 24, 2016 

    

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 style: Storming 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: Episode 6 - Attacking the King in the Center #3


There are very good reasons to keep your king out of the center. It becomes a fat sitting duck, an easy target for the enemy's army. After showing us how to attack the castled king, now GM Christiansen moves on to explain how to attack and execute a king that wasn't able to castle. With several examples, taken from games played by the like of Tal and Carlsen, but also unknown masters, Larry, with his unmistakable style, in this episode gives us an introduction about what can happen to the king stuck in the center. In this episode, Larry shows us how to attack the king in the center in open games, using three amazing games.

 

   

 

Sharpen your chess-sense with IM Watson

June 09, 2015 

    

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.

Unconventional #16

 

   

 

 

August 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  01 02 03 04 05 06
  GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Boris Spassky - Part 1
  GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 5
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #4
IM Vojislav Milanovic
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 1
GM jon Speelman
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 2
07 08 09 10 11 12 13
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 3
GM Larry Christiansen
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 4
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 5
  GM Alex Yermolinsky
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 6
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 7
GM John Fedorowicz
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 8
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
IM Voja Milanovic
Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Round 9
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Boris Spassky - Part 2
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 6
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #5
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Lenderman - GM Shabalov
NM Dan Heisman
That Tempo to Win Back Material
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 11
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Viktor Korchnoi - Part 1
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 7
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #6
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Xiong - GM Aravindh
NM Dan Heisman
Imbalanced Game with Instructive Points
28 29 30 31      
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 12
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Viktor Korchnoi - Part 2
         

July 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          01 02
          GM Joel Benjamin
GM Ganguly - GM Shirov
NM Dan Heisman
Center Game Crumbles on Opening Mistakes
03 04 05 06 07 08 09
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 7
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Tal - Part 3
  GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 3
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Shimanov - GM Zapata
NM Dan Heisman
Smooth OTB win by Black
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 8
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Tal - Part 4
  IM John Watson
Bilbao 2016 - Round 1
GM Lars Bo Hansen
Bilbao 2016 - Round 2
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Bilbao 2016 - Round 3
GM David Smerdon
Bilbao 2016 - Round 4
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
GM Ron W Henley
Bilbao 2016 - Round 5
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Tigran Petrosian - Part 1
GM Jon Speelman
Bilbao 2016 - Round 6
IM Christof Sielecki
Bilbao 2016 - Round 7
Gm Ronen Har-Zvi
Bilbao 2016 - Round 8
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Bilbao 2016 - Round 9
GM John Fedorowicz
Bilbao 2016 - Round 10
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 9
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Tigran Petrosian - Part 2
  GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 4
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #3
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Bu - GM Ivanchuk
NM Dan Heisman
Calm Opening Becomes Fun Imbalanced Game
31            
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 10
           

June 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      01 02 03 04
      GM John Fedorowicz
Gashimov Memorial Round 6 - Video Recap
IM Voja Milanovic
Gashimov Memorial Round 7 - Video Recap
GM Joel Benjamin
Gashimov Memorial Round 8 - Video Recap
IM John Watson
Gashimov Memorial Round 9 - Video Recap
05 06 07 08 09 10 11
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 3 - #2
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Efim Geller - Part 1
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Larry's Tribute to Viktor Korchnoi
GM Boris Alterman
Vienna Gambit #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Wojtaszek - GM Ter Sahakyan
NM Dan Heisman
Subtle Mistake - Giant Turnaround
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 4
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Efim Geller - Part 2
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Larry's Tribute to Viktor Korchnoi Part 2
GM Boris Alterman
Vienna Gambit #3
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Benjamin - GM Korchnoi
NM Dan Heisman
Thematic Tactics Missed by White
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 5
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Tal - Part 1
  GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 1
GM Boris Alterman
Vienna Gambit #4
GM Joel Benjamin
IM Jingyao - GM Salem
NM Dan Heisman
It Only Takes One Move
26 27 28 29 30    
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 6
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Tal - Part 2
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
LarryC's Tactic Handbook - Episode 2
GM Boris Alterman
KID Samisch Variation #1
   

May 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Viktor Gavrikov (1957-2016)
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Andor Lilienthal
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Recent Fine Attacking Chess
GM Boris Alterman
Spielmann Gambit #1
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Lenderman - GM Shabalov
NM Dan Heisman
Riga Variation Fun
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 1
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Vasily Smyslov - Part 1
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Spassky's Drop-Kick, some spicy Jumabayev and a Zvag Bag
GM Boris Alterman
Spielmann Gambit #2
GM Joel Benjamin
Predke - GM Jakovenko
NM Dan Heisman
Learning Principles through Amateur's Mistakes
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 2
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Vasily Smyslov - Part 2
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
The End is Najer
GM Boris Alterman
Vienna Gambit #1
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Shirov - GM Sevian
NM Dan Heisman
Move by Move Chess Book Series
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Build your opening repertoire - Part 3
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Vasily Smyslov - Part 3
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Dubov Antes Up and Getting Pwned by Pons
GM Max Dlugy
Gashimov Memorial Round 1 - Video Recap
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Gashimov Memorial Round 2 - Video Recap
IM Christof Sielecki
Gashimov Memorial Round 3 - Video Recap
29 30 31        
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Gashimov Memorial Round 4 - Video Recap
GM Larry Christiansen
Gashimov Memorial Round 5 - Video Recap
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
       

April 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
          GM Joel Benjamin
GM Movsesian - IM Liang
NM Dan Heisman
White Misses Theoretical Novelty
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Karjakin's Secret Weapon
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Botvinnik - Part 4
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Karjakin the Scientific Attacker #2
GM Boris Alterman
Polugaevsky Gambit #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Shirov - GM Bluebaum
NM Dan Heisman
Instructive Najdorf Game
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Karjakin's Secret Weapon #2
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
David Bronstein - Part 1
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
A Swiercz Drubbing and Blood-curdling Howell2
GM Boris Alterman
Polugaevsky Gambit #3
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Edouard - GM Fridman
NM Dan Heisman
Rare French Sideline Leads to Instructive Gamee
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Karjakin's Secret Weapon #3
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
David Bronstein - Part 2
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 1 GOTD
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 2 GOTD
GM Lars Bo Hansen
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 3 GOTD
GM Jon Speelman
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 4 GOTD
NM Dan Heisman
Game Features Strange Occurrence
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
GM John Fedorowicz
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 5 GOTD
IM Voja Milanovic
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 6 GOTD
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 7 GOTD
GM Joel Benjamin
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 8 GOTD
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Norway Chess 2016 - Round 9 GOTD
NM Dan Heisman
Tabiya 20: 2.c3 Sicilian Overview

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 5 5
    IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Navigating Rapids and Flying Pieces at Aeroflot Open
GM Boris Alterman
Kasparov Gambit #2
GM Joel Benjamin
IM Katz - GM Kacheishvili
NM Dan Heisman
Exciting Opening and Endgame
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
GM Alex Yermolinsky
The Eternal Struggle
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Botvinnik - Part 2
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Giri shows his attacking wizardry
GM Boris Alterman
Kasparov Gambit #3
GM Yasser Seirawan
FIDE Candidates - Round 1
GM Alex Yermolinsky
FIDE Candidates - Round 2
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
GM Lars Bo Hansen
FIDE Candidates - Round 3
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Botvinnik - Part 3
GM Alex Yermolinsky IM Vojislav Milanovic
FIDE Candidates - Round 4
GM Jon Speelman IM John Watson
FIDE Candidates - Round 5
GM Ronen Har-Zvi GM Larry Christiansen
FIDE Candidates - Round 6
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Inarkiev - GM Kobalia
GM Ron W Henley
FIDE Candidates - Round 7
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
GM Joel Benjamin
FIDE Candidates - Round 8
GM Larry Christiansen
FIDE Candidates - Round 9
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Jon Speelman GM John Fedorowicz
FIDE Candidates - Round 10
GM Lars Bo Hansen IM Christof Sielecki
FIDE Candidates - Round 11
GM Larry Christiansen GM Alex Yermolinsky
FIDE Candidates - Round 12
NM Dan Heisman
Amateur Game Won by Positional Play
27 28 29 30 31    
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
FIDE Candidates - Round 13
GM Alex Yermolinsky
FIDE Candidates - Round 13
IM John Watson
Ask the Master!
GM Larry Christiansen
Karjakin the Scientific Attacker
GM Boris Alterman
Polugaevsky Gambit #1
   

February 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
  GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Samuel Reshevsky
  GM Larry Christiansen
Nuggets from the Rock
GM Boris Alterman
Sicilian Nimzowitsch #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Sevian - GM Bok
NM Dan Heisman
Exciting Opening and Endgame
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
GM Alex Yermolinsky
A triumph of opening preparation.
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Reuben Fine
  GM Larry Christiansen
More Gems from the Rock
GM Boris Alterman
Semi-Slav winawer variation #1
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Bacrot - IM Tari
NM Dan Heisman
Opportunities Missed
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Grischuk - Anand, London Classic 2015
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Paul Keres - Part 1
  GM Larry Christiansen
The Caro Canned and Rare Gelfand Goof
GM Boris Alterman
Semi-Slav winawer variation #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Bruzon - GM Donchenko
NM Dan Heisman
Critical Moves Played Too Fast
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Another Epic Struggle from London 2015
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Paul Keres - Part 2
  GM Larry Christiansen
Smerdon's Creative Attack Goes Astray in Bundesliga Battle
GM Boris Alterman
Kasparov Gambit #1
GM Joel Benjamin
WGM Zhao - IM Batsiashvili
NM Dan Heisman
Double Sneaky Pin!
28 29          
GM Alex Yermolinsky
The Botvinnik Variation Revisited
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Mikhail Botvinnik - Part 1
         

January 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
          GM Joel Benjamin
GM Carlsen - GM Li Chao
NM Dan Heisman
Madcap 15 min game with Instructive Play
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda - part 4
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Ronen's Grestest Hits! - Max Euwe #3
  GM Larry Christiansen
Pastings from Hastings
GM Boris Alterman
Grand Prix Attack #1
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Mamedyarov - GM Lenderman
NM Dan Heisman
Tabiya 19 - Sicilian Four Knights
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda - part 5
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Ronen's Grestest Hits! - Avro 1938
  GM Larry Christiansen
Tata Steel Preview
GM Boris Alterman
Grand Prix Attack #2
GM Joel Benjamin
GM Morozevich - GM Bukavshin
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Tata Steel Round 1 - Recap
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
GM Max Dlugy
Tata Steel Round 2 - Recap
GM Joel Benjamin
Tata Steel Round 3 - Recap
IM Christof Sielecki
Tata Steel Round 4 - Recap
GM Larry Christiansen
More Past Blasts from Wjik
GM Jon Speelman
Tata Steel Round 5 - Recap
GM Larry Christiansen
Tata Steel Round 6 - Recap
GM Lars Bo Hansen
Tata Steel Round 7 - Recap
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Tata Steel Round 8 - Recap
GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Ronen's Grestest Hits! - Salo Flohr
GM Miguel Illescas
Tata Steel Round 9 - Recap
IM Christof Sielecki
Tata Steel Round 10 - Recap
GM Boris Alterman
Sicilian Nimzowitsch #1
GM Larry Christiansen
Tata Steel Round 11 - Recap
GM John Fedorowicz
Tata Steel Round 12 - Recap
31            
GM Alex Yermolinsky
Tata Steel Round 13 - Recap
           


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