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GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Greatest Hits!

July 18, 2016 

    

With this series GM Ronen takes us in the world of "Iron Tigran" Petrosian!

Mikhail Tal - Part 4


He emphasized defense above all, and this earned him the nickname of "Iron Tigran. After Tal, GM Ronen gives us insight into the chess and life of a great player who we can define as Tal's opposite. The Magician of Riga was a spectacular player, always ready to sacrifice piece after piece to push his opponent into unknown territory, whereas Tigran Petrosian made of his incredibly deep understanding of the defense technique the weapon which led him to conquer the World Champion title in 1963. Tigran won the World Championship match against chess legend Mikhail Botvinnik, then defended it in 1966 against Spassky, to lose it to Spassky in 1969. Petrosian was the defending World Champion or a World Championship Candidate in ten consecutive three-year cycles, setting up a record that will probably never be broken. His tenacity at the chess board had made this coriaceous Armenian a chess legend. Petrosian was known for his use of the "positional exchange sacrifice", where one side sacrifices a rook for the opponent's bishop or knight. Kasparov discussed Petrosian's use of this motif: "Petrosian introduced the exchange sacrifice for the sake of 'quality of position', where the time factor, which is so important in the play of Alekhine and Tal, plays hardly any role. Even today, very few players can operate confidently at the board with such abstract concepts. Before Petrosian, no one had studied this. By sacrificing the exchange 'just like that', for certain long-term advantages, in positions with disrupted material balance, he discovered latent resources that few were capable of seeing and properly evaluating." In this short series, GM Ronen shows use a lot of these positional sacrifices, that demonstrate the amazing understanding of the game by this modern chess legend.

 

   

 

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

July 10, 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 8

Many years ago I put up a lot of work on the French, but the results didn't match my expectations. There was something about putting my pawns on light squares and then trading away my dark-squared bishop that didn't agree with me. Now I'm taking another look at the Armenian Variation, the 5...Ba5!? line. AT the least that bishop has a chance to stay alive...

 

   

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

July 09, 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.

Smooth OTB win by Black

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 plays the opening passively and Black equalizes but misses several chances to get advantage with the break ...e5-e4. Then White impetuously moves e3-e4, opening up the center before he castles, and Black very nicely punishes his play. White is able to force the trade of queens but Black nevertheless cleverly sacrifices a piece for a winning attack. Although Black does not play it perfectly, he plays it well enough and achieves a winning endgame, which he finishes cutely with a couple of nice tactics.

 

   

 

GM Joel Benjamin's Game of the Week

July 08, 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!

By playing quiet "systems" openings, grandmasters avoid a theoretical battle, but may also hope to win strategically without tactical skirmishes. But when you are playing an experienced grandmaster, such smooth victories are hard to come by, and you may need to sweat out tactics anyway. That's what happened in this week's game from the World Open, contested by Alex Shimanov and Alonso Zapata. By the end crazy possibilities were turning up, and the players may not have had enough time to work out the complications.

 

   

White: GM Shimanov
Black: GM Zapata
Description:   World open
ECO: A48: King's Indian: Torre attack
Run Time: 00:44:26

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

July 7, 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 2: KID Samisch Variation

 

   

 

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

July 06, 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 3 - Rook Sacs on g2/g7


Pg2 and Pg7 are two important soldiers, which guard their Sire very closely. In this episode of his Tactics Handbook, GM Larry Christiansen shows us how these two little but valiant warriors can become the target of the enemy attack, especially by the powerful rooks. Sacrificing a rook on g2/g7 is one of the most important attacking themes, and in this video Larry takes us on a rollercoaster journey with a lot of brilliant examples played by great players, who have used this tactical motif to destroy the enemy's king defense and unleash furious attacks.

 

   

 

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

 

   

 

 

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

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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