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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 Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC"

May 25, 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: Dubov Antes Up and Getting Pwned by Pons


Ernesto Inarkiev from Russia won the recently concluded European Individual Championship with the impressive score of 9/11, gaining 43 rating points and 26 positions in the live list! The European Championship is always a source of interesting games, and our GM Larry Christiansen shows us a couple of examples from the tournament in today's show. The first game sees Russian GM Dubov vs. GM Brkic of Croatia. The second game illustrates how to deal with the classical French Opening. Francisco Vallejo Pons plays a minor masterpiece here, attacking ruthlessly any attempt to defend the position by the Romanian GM Lupulescu.

 

   

 

 

GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Greatest Hits!

May 23, 2016 

    

With this series GM Ronen takes us in the world of one of the greatest players ever: Vasily Smyslov!

Vasily Smyslov - Part 3


Back to World Champion material this week! Born in 1921 in Russia, started playing at the age of 6, Vasily Smyslov made his entrance in the Gotha of chess at 19, when he placed third in the Soviet Chess Championship, behind Botvinnik and Keres. By the age of 20 he had already established himself as one of the strongest players around, and back then chess was not a game for kids, like it's nowadays. The highest moment of his career arrived in the mid 50's, when he won the Candidates' with an impressive score. Smyslov won 17 chess Olympiad medals, setting a record that will probably resist for... ever. He was known for his great positional approach to the game. His motto was "I will make 40 good moves, and if you are able to match them, the game is drawn". The resemblance with current world champion Magnus Carlsen's attitude toward the game is impressive. We rarely see Carlsen go for fireworks-fashion sacrifices; he plays incredibly well, and if his opponent makes a small mistake, he's done. Smyslov lived his last years in poverty, which is sad if you think about the modern chess champions, who are millionaires. GM Har-Zvi takes us into Smyslov's world in this mini-series of his weekly show "Ronen's Greatest Hits!".

 

   

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

May 22, 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 3

Video # 3, Part 1. First Experiences. When is the time to take your new opening to a tournament hall? In my case with that line of the Richter-Rauser it happened pretty soon, about a month into my studies. My first experiences were a mixed bag. In in my second game I badly butchered the move order and lost a pawn and the game, but already my third game turned out one of the most memorable in my entire career as I faced the young Garry Kasparov. Part 1 of this video deals with White's major alternative to creating the pawn structure I was aiming for. The type of play is quite characteristic of usual Sicilians, so I didn't feel totally out of place handling it. Harder tests still lied ahead.

 

   

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

May 21, 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.

Move by Move Chess Book Series

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: An overview of the Everyman book series "X: Move by Move" featuring two types of books: Openings and Grandmaster Game Collectionss. For this review video, I chose the "Anti-Sicilians" book and showed their recommendation against 2.c3. For the Grandmaster Game Collection type, I chose the book about Tal and showed how the series' approach to game annotation. These books feature extensive annotations as well as periodic questions to the reader.

 

   

 

GM Joel Benjamin's Game of the Week

May 20, 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!

There are many very promising American juniors these days, but one that keep popping up in game of the week is Sam Sevian. He has a bold, aggressive style that is likely to produce exciting games, and when you combine him with Alexei "Fire on Board" Shirov, it's a combustible combination. In the Hasselbacken Open in Stockholm, Sevian was ready for Shirov's tricky opening, sacrificing a pawn for good compensation. When Shirov sacrificed the pawn back-and then a rook for good measure-things got really wild.

 

   

White: GM Shirov
Black: GM Sevian
Description:   Hasselbacken Open 2016
ECO: C45: Scotch - Schmidt variation
Run Time: 00:40:40

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

May 19, 2016 

    

The Vienna Gambit with 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 (or 2... Nc6) 3 f4 is a wilder scion of the Vienna Game, and it firmly belongs to the 19th Century when Rudolph Spielmann was flying the lone flag of romanticism in the face of scientific chess. But the Vienna Gambit is still as deadly now as it was back ithen; where Black can very quickly become the victim of a bludgeoning whirlwind attack if he isn't careful. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman believes now could well by the time again to shock and awe your opponents with the Vienna Gambit.

Part 1: Vienna Gambit

 

   

 

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

 

   

 

 

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
         

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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