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GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

December 8, 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: Bishop vs. Pawns - Part 1

Rather a rare bird in both theoretical research and practical application, the bishop versus pawns endgames are not easy to evaluate. Everything depends on an exact calculation, and there are a precious few basic positions one can rely upon. This two-video series attempts to develop some general guidelines that can be applied to such endgames. The first video deals with situations where the side with the pawns is playing for a win. a) the side with the pawns must try to limit the power of the bishop by keeping his pawns on the same color squares. b) in the final stages it is important to bring the king in touch with the square your post advanced passed pawn needs to clear before queening, which ties down the opponent's pieces and allow the attacker to move his passer on the other side of board forward. c) the bishop is notoriously difficult to Zugzwang, but sometimes it's is possible when it has to look out for threats on two diagonals.

 

   

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

December 7, 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: Anand: Attack and Defense
 

GM Larry Christiansen, in this week's episode of his sow, offers us two pearls from the former world champion Vishy Anand. Two rather famous games, in which Anand demonstrates his prowess in defending difficult positions and his precision when it comes to attacking the enemy King.

 

   

 

Learn How to Win with GM Boris

  December 5, 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.

Exploiting open Files - Part 2

One of the things that Steinitz made clear was the importance of controlling the open file: "Move your rook to an open file! Controlling an open file is one of those little positional advantages which could decide the whole game". Rooks are more powerful on open files and often this factor decides the outcome of a game. This is because the side that controls the file has a natural invasion route for their pieces down the file. A common strategic objective for a rook or queen on an open file is to reach its seventh or eighth rank (or for Black, its second or first rank). As we already studied, controlling the seventh rank (or second rank for Black) is generally worth at least a pawn, as most of the opponent's pawns will usually reside there. Aaron Nimzowitsch, writing in his famous book "My System" said that the main objective of a rook or queen on an open file is "the eventual occupation of the 7th or 8th rank". However, seizing an open file is not easy, as your opponent can try to trade off the heavy pieces or take control over the 7th and 8th rank, preventing your rooks from reaching those targets. Control in this instance means the ability to keep your opponent from trading off the heavy pieces, and leaving the file under your control. Typically, this is done through doubling the rooks on the open file, and in some cases, "tripling" on the file with your Queen. This can have the effect of forcing your opponent into a "passive" defense since if the rooks are able to penetrate to the seventh rank, the attack or the transition into the end game will almost always be favorable for you and result in a won game. Don't miss this new and formative series by our GM Boris Alterman!

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

December 02, 2019 
 
    

Magnus Carlsen showed some mortal weakness in the blitz event in Kolkata, tying for first with Nakamura on 12/18, still winning first place overall by a comfortable margin. The champ was reported to be suffering a stomach bug that clearly affected him, as Magnus offered quick draws in a couple of games down the stretch. He found himself fighting in the 17th round in a game with larger implications than just this tournament. Vishy Anand missed a sudden chance - actually two chances - to turn the tables before going down in defeat. Though Ding Liren did not win either segment in Kolkata, he did deal the World Champ two defeats in the Blitz Championship. Should Ding make it to a title match, it will be another event, on top of Ding's victory in the Sinquefield Cup playoff, that may affect the mutual confidence levels of the two combatants. Let's not forget about Hikaru Nakamura, who tied for first in the blitz after taking second in the rapid. With the exception of his U.S. Championship victory, Hikaru has not produced much in classical chess this year. He finds himself down on the rating list and out of the race for the Candidates Tournament. In faster chess, however, his results have been stronger. He now finds himself top-rated in blitz (Magnus takes over first on the rapid ratings). In slower games, he is finding it difficult to generate momentum for wins, but in blitz, he can press his opponents into mistakes in simple positions, like he did versus the Indian grandmaster Vidit. In the strongest Spanish Championship to date, the veteran Alexey Shirov found himself first among equals, topping the tiebreaks of a six-way tie for first. The main event in London doesn't include the stars of the home country anymore, so they get their chance in the British Knockout Championship. The top seed had an easy time in the first round, winning in the first round and coasting to easy victories. That is, with the exception of Michael Adams, who found his hands full with qualifier Marcus Harvey. The 23-year-old FM took Adams to the Armageddon stage and held a dominating position for portions of the game before reaching a dead drawn endgame. But somehow, the draw did not materialize. Blunders can be surprisingly easy to come by when there are few pieces on the board to move.


Download Joel's annotated games HERE!

 

   

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 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.

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

NEW VIDEO SERIES!

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.