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NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

April 23, 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.

Game Features Strange Occurrence

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 gets a good opening and then Black falls for a tactic that loses a pawn and the exchange. White is well on the way to winning but makes a purposeful sacrifice to go into a winning endgame which makes the win somewhat more difficult than it should have been. Just then, with White in time trouble, Black gets up from this OTB game and announces he has to leave - but is not resigning - he has a pre-arranged understanding with the TD to adjourn right in the middle! White, flabbergasted at this blatant rule violation, has no choice but to wait a week to put away his opponent.

 

   

 

 

GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Greatest Hits!

Aoril 18, 2016 

    

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

David Bronstein - Part 2


David Bronstein was one of the world's strongest chess players from the mid-1940s into the mid-1970s. He was born in 1924 in Ukraine, from a Jewish family. Bronstein is another of those super-strong players to never become World Champions, along with Rueben fine, Paul Keres, Viktor Krochnoi and Akiba Rubinstein. Bronstein had his great chance in 1951, when he challenged Botvinnik for the title. The Ukrainian led by a full point with two games to go, but he lost the penultimate game and drew the last one. Back then FIDE rules gave the champion match-draw odds, therefore Botvinnik retained the title. The match was a clash of titans: almost every game was played to the bitter end. The two great players won 5 games each, in one of the most hard-fought world championship matches ever. After the match Bronstein continued his brilliant chess career, winning several important international events, such as Hastings 1953-54, Belgrade 1954, Gotha 1857, Moscow 1959, East Berlin 1968, Budapest 1977, only to mention a few. He played actively and at a good level until into his 70's. Bronstein wrote a number or excellent chess books, and had a regular chess column in the Soviet newspaper Izvetsia for many years. the book he was celebrated mostly for is the famous "Zurich International Tournament 1952", which is still regarded as one of the best chess books ever written. He also contributed to chess opening theory, reviving the then-distrusted and almost abandoned KID, that's still widely used at any level. Bronstein was a chess visionary; he proposed the "increment": adding a small amount of time after each move, which nowadays is the most used time-control method. Bronstein died in 2006 in Minsk, Belarus, at the age of 82. In this two-video mini-series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi guides us through Bronstein's life and games, with his usual wit and exciting way to present his researches through the plies of chess history.

 

   

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

April 17, 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: Karjakin's Secret Weapon #3

Big part of Sergey Karjakin's preparation for the Candidates was to revamp his opening repertoire with Black. Too many times in the past Sergey would surrender the initiative from the early going, and then had to defend passively. One might argue that in doing this Sergey had developed himself into a great defender. Still, in order to reach the new heights a new approach had to be found. For example, in the Queens Indian in reply to White's most common choice of 4.g3 for years Sergey relied on the old Karpov line 7...c6, which has been known as solid, albeit not too exciting. Matters came to a head at the 2015 World Cup where in Round 2 Sergey suffered a loss to his former countryman, GM Alexander Onischuk. That loss that almost eliminated Karjakin from the tournament. And that came on top of the three games Sergey had lost in this same line to one his competitors in the Candidates, Levon Aronian.: Enough was enough. With the help from his coaches Sergey Karjakin prepared a different approach to defending the Queens Indian. He decided to go for the hanging pawns in the line 7...d5. This perhaps was the single most important decision. Not only Karjakin went through the entire tournament without losing once against 1.d4, he played exciting tactical games that served notice to his opponents and helped Sergey build confidence. Watch this series with GM Alex Yermolinsky to learn about the hanging pawns in the Queens Indian!

 

   

GM Joel Benjamin's Game of the Week

April 15, 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!

Featured games of the week are usually tactical in nature, and occasionally technical. But this week's game from the German Bundesliga, which wraps up the 2015-2016 season this month, was like two games in one. It looked like French grandmaster Romain Edouard had a knockout attack, but somehow GM Daniel Fridman, Latvian born and settled in Germany, managed to survive into a tenable ending. That phase proved to be as difficult to play accurately as the tactical phase.

 

   

White: GM Edouard
Black: GM Fridman
Description:   Bundesliga 2016
ECO: D37: QGD: classical variation (5.Bf4)
Run Time: 00:47:50

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

April 14, 2016 

    

Lev Polugaevsky (1934-1995) was one of the strongest players in the world from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. He was the originator of the meticulous opening study style Kasparov was later on to perfect and bring to great heights.In a bruising 1980 candidates' match against Viktor Korchnoi, Polugaevsky scored a valuable win with a powerful opening novelty against the Queen's Indian Defence (1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. 0-0 Bb7 6. d4 0-0) that involved a pawn sacrifice with 7. d5!? - a line that subsequently was given the stamp of approval by Kasparov and christened the 'Polugaevsky Gambit'. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman reviews the latest standing of the Polugaevsky Gambit.

Part 3: Polugaevsky Gambit

 

   

 

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC"

April 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: A Swiercz Drubbing and Blood-curdling Howell


Today Larry takes us in Europe, for a journey through some of the best chess played in the old world in these first months of 2016. David Navara has been a regular guest in Larry's show, mostly because of his ability to see and play impressive combinations. In the first snippet of the show, GM Christiansen shows a nice combo played by the seven time Czech champion, in a game against Spoelman in the Bundesliga. Then we move to the Polish Championship, where Swiercz demonstrates his amazing attacking skills in a game against Kamarek. Half of the sacrifices in that tournament were played by the Polish former chess prodigy, which tells the tale about his fighting and brilliant style of play. Larry concludes with a minor classic played by the strong English GM David Howell in the Keres Memorial. Howell shows how he had planned the very path of the game already at move 15, seeing how it would go at least 7 moves ahead. Impressive. Enjoy another great episode of "Attack with LarryC!".

 

   

 

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

 

   

 

 

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
 

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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