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GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

October 14, 2019 

Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin brings you a new show every Monday at 18:00 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!


The tournament provides a qualifying spot in the Candidates Tournament to the winner, complicated somewhat by the fact that the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger Fabiano Caruana are playing. Obviously they are significant spoilers. The sensation of the first round occurred on board four when Evgeni Najer crashed through with an attack against former World Champ Vishy Anand. Caruana has looked good in the early going, pocketing a full point in his first three games. In the first round, Fabi grabbed a pawn early against Zhang Zhong and made it hold up without any trouble. In the third round, he converted an extra exchange against Alexey Shirov after a sharp struggle. In between, Fabi won a completely different kind of game against American hopeful Sam Sevian. Caruana was joined at 3/3 by Wang Hao, who stayed perfect by beating his countryman Bu Xiangzhi when Bu did not anticipate the danger in time. Wang and Caruana drew in round four and were joined at 3/5/4 by Parham Maghsoodloo, whose only blemish was a fortunate draw with Elisabeth Paehtz in the first round. Luke McShane won a nice game to make it a foursome. And what of Magnus? He defeated Kuzubov somewhat fortunately in the first round, capitalizing on time pressure. Then he was blocked for three rounds, without a whiff of victory. In fact, his fourth-round opponent, Vladislav Kovalev had him dead to rights before time pressure and bad nerves let the champ escape. It's hard to keep a good man down, and as I'm putting the finishing touches on this week's show Carlsen has put up a full point against Ganguly. Caruana is struggling against McShane in a game that may well be covered in next week's show.

Download Joel's annotated games HERE!



GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

October 13, 2019 

Former World Champion and legendary chess teacher Mikhail Botvinnik was the originator of the “Every Russian schoolboy 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: Endgame Lessons from the World Cup - Part 1

The knockout format of the World Cup and the new Grand Prix series is unforgiving. One mistake may lead to elimination. Considering the huge amount of pressure on the players' blunders are unavoidable, yet it's the errors in deep endgame that are usually final and decisive. During my work as a commentator at the last World Cup, I witnessed my share of those. This two-video series is a reminder to us all of the great importance of firm knowledge of basic endgame.



GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

October 12, 2019 



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: Persson Tigers Hector

This week GM Christiansen brings us two pieces of chess art. Larry was wandering through a database studying flank openings when he stumbled into these two pearls. He starts with a very nice combo by the great Vladimir Kramnik. Two rooks working together to trap the black Queen, while she is trying to defend her exposed Monarch. Then Larry goes on with a fantastic game played between Tiger Hillar Persson and Johnny Hector. When in doubt, be aggressive over the board!




Learn How to Win with GM Boris

  October 10, 2019 

Nowadays, everyone is super prepped up in openings, you might be too, and you're likely getting good positions out of them, but it's in the middle game where battles are decided. In this magnificent video series, GM Alterman (ELO 2611) carefully takes you through all the key aspects and secrets of middlegame play.

Positional Sacrifice - Part 1

When we sacrifice tactically - we usually want to get immediate advantages, like winning material back or reaching a mating attack against our opponent's King. The positional sacrifices have a different nature - they are real. By giving up a pawn, a piece or an exchange, we look for some compensation in the form of more active pieces, controlling key squares, open files, initiative, development advantage or opportunity of attack. A disadvantage of positional sacrifices is that there is no forced win and there are many possibilities and continuations, so the defender can suddenly spring a surprise and even hold on to the material advantage and win the game. That's why before a positional sacrifice you have to evaluate precisely many factors, giving yourself the opportunity to keep successfully a long term compensation. Positional sacrifice is always risky. Sacrifice only when you believe in yourself: even a correct sacrifice could become a wrong one if you step back in a decisive moment. In this new series of lectures with GM Boris we will study the most common positional sacrifices: pawn sacrifice, exchange sacrifice, piece positional sacrifice; and also the less common ones, like Rook and Queen positional sacrifices. Don't miss this new and interesting series of GM Alterman's weekly show "Learn How to Win with GM Boris! 




NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

April 16, 2019

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 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.

Amateur Mistakes: What are ALL the things that move does? #2


Coach Dan Heisman is back to help average players step up and raise their level of play. In this new series, Dan shows us the most common mistakes that, typically, an amateur makes during a chess game. Time management, wrong openings, outright blunders, and many more mistakes that can plague a chess game are tackled by Coach Heisman, with suggestions on how to avoid them. While the series is aimed at amateur players, Dan's advice can be useful for every chess player! 

Today's show: This video shows two games with the same errors in each game: asking "Why did he make that move?" instead of "What are ALL the things that move does?". Also features some sneaky pins





Tricks and Traps in the Opening - with IM Watson

July 27, 2018 

Tricks 'n Traps in the Opening
How many tricks and traps are there in the sea of opening theory? From the simplest ones to the more advanced, IM John Watson in this amazing video series shows you how to fool (or not be fooled by!) your opponent, who might not know the intricacies of an opening.
The course is organized by general opening, and in 15 videos our opening guru IM John Watson provides you with tools that will make your opponents exclam "How did this happen?".
This series is aimed at everyone, from the club player to the master. 
John shows, statistics at hand, that even simple tricks and traps have caught out of guard FMs, IMs and GMs, some of which rather famous! 
By watching this video series, you'll sharpen your tactical sense, 
understand better your favorite opening, and broaden your general knowledge about openings.
Tricks and traps are everywhere: IM Watson shows how once you've learned how a trap works, it can apply not only to the opening phase of the game but also in the middlegame and even in the endgame!
In other words, learn how to use your tricks in the opening, and you'll become a better player all-around.

English Opening





GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Opening Series

March 30, 2018 


With this series, GM Ronen guides us through the secrets of the Alapin Sicilian

The Alapin Sicilian - Part 6

For many players not having the time or inclination studying the never-ending labyrinth of mainline Sicilians, such as the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov and Sveshnikov, the Alapin with 1. e4 c5 2. c3 has proved to be a very popular alternative. It is named after the Russian master Semyon Alapin (1856-1923), and today it is one of the most solid and respected Anti-Sicilians, championed by many club players and leading grandmasters, such as Evgeny Sveshnikov, Eduardas Rozentalis and Sergey Tiviakov.