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GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

July 15, 2018 

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: Kramnik and the Modern Reti - #4

Throughout his career, Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has been known for his deep opening preparation. With White Kramnik came up as a 1.Nf3 player, but in truth, it was just the move order designed to avoid some openings (The Benko, the Benoni etc.) the young Kramnik found annoying to face. In reality, Vladimir was 1.d4 player of a classical mold. Just look at his handling of the White side of the Kings Indian and the Grunfeld, and you will see a full-fledged strategy of occupying the center with pawns. The passage of time brought another change. Kramnik returned to his old flame, 1.Nf3, but this time he's not doing it just for the move order purposes. Suddenly, it's the full-fledged Reti and even the Kings Indian Attack! 
Vladimir Kramnik has the utmost confidence in his ability to outplay his opponents in complex positions. His expertise in the Reti covers a wide area of possible pawn structures, many of which are of a 'color reversed' variety. A characteristic example of that is the Svidler game in Video #4, along with some unusual transpositions to different openings in other games.




GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

July 14, 2018 

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 Pinteresting Game






Tricks and Traps in the Opening - with IM Watson

July 13, 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.

Nimzo-Queen's Indian Defense





NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

July 11, 2018

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.

Highly Instructive Games - Zukertort-Steinitz 1886


NM Dan Heisman selects for you highly instructive games, that will help you improve your game! In this new series, Dan analyzes famous and not-so-famous games that he thinks will give you a tool to get to the next level.

Today show: Zukertort makes an instructive error in the opening and gives Steinitz the center. Then he delays castling too long and Steinitz creates a central bind. Steinitz then finds a killing pseudo-sacrifice and obtains an overwhelming position. He can win back the material as he pleases but he decides to just exploit his two connected passed central pawns, and Zukertort quickly succumbs.




GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

July 5, 2018 

Not all gambits need to be adventurous, swashbuckling all-out attacks. Some are more in the mould of being positional and strategic in nature, and especially can be found in the Queen's Gambit, whether that being declined or accepted variety.
The Queen's Gambit Accepted (1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4) is one classical opening that has had many famous elite exponents in recent years, such as Anand, Kasparov, Kortchnoi, Ivanchuk and Shirov.
The QGA is a postmodern opening, for it combines and reinforces classical and hypermodern ideas of positional play - not only that, it also offers a wealth of possibilities. And in an extended series for Gambit Guide, GM Boris Alterman will review the Queen's Gambit, starting with the Queen's Gambit Accepted

Queen's Gambit Accepted - part 4





GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

July 2, 2018 

Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin brings you a new show every Saturday 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!

This week GM Joel brings us action from the Gredine Open, the Asrian Memorial, and the Russian Higher League
Check out our article!


If it seemed that Leuven was a bit close to Norway, Paris came right on the heels of Leuven.  Another rapid and blitz tournament with the usual suspects.  And once again, Wesley So came out strong in the rapid portion and seemed poised to come out the overall winner again.  But Hikaru Nakamura, who had tied for second in the rapid play, won the blitz portion and took first overall.  Sergey Karjakin faded towards the end of the blitz and came second, with So in third place overall.

The Cez Trophy pits local hero David Navara against a visiting star grandmaster in a 12-game rapid match.  This year, Ding Liren had to cancel after his bike accident in Norway, but Pentala Harikrishna filled in and was able to win the match 7-5 by taking the last three games.

China likes to organize matches for their home players as well. Yu Yangyi took on Peter Svidler in Shenzhen.  Yu won the first game but Svidler stormed back with five wins in a row to win the rapid portion, 6-2.  Yu won the blitz portion handily himself, but since the rapid games counted double, as seems to be the standard nowadays, Svidler won the overall match by a comfortable margin.




Gredine Open
Asrian Memorial
Russian Higher League

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.