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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 Ronen Har-Zvi

 

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

May 27, 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: Typical mistakes in early middlegame - #2

There's a number of ways your game can go wrong, and among them a very common one is the failure to connect the opening with the middlegame.
 Everybody likes to push their central pawns forward, driving the opponent's pieces away and obtaining a spatial advantage. This strategy, however, requires, a careful handling, as the pieces must quickly follow the pawns to fill the space behind them. Otherwise, it could be the enemy pieces getting around and behind your advanced pawns. Video #2 shows how badly things may turn out if such counterplay is allowed. 

 

 

   

Tricks and Traps in the Opening - with IM Watson

May 25, 2018 
 
    

John's back!
After some months of hiatus, IM John Watson is back, with a new, fantastic videos series for ICC's members!
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.

Caro-Kann and conclusion of 1.e4 e5 tricks and traps

 

   

 

 

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

May 29, 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 1

 

 

   

 

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

May 23, 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 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.

Highly Instructive Games - Lasker-Vidmar 1909

NEW VIDEO SERIES!

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: World Champion Lasker plays the White side of the Ruy Lopez and the players castle opposite sides. Due to Black's fianchetto and despite the opening, the middlegame resembles a Yugoslav Dragon attack. Despite the date the game was played, Lasker plays the kingside attack in a modern style. Vidmar misses the "anti-positional" defense ..Bg7xBh6 and thus allows Lasker develops a winning position, where he carries off the attack masterfully.

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

May 21, 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 recaps the Capablanca Memorial, the Polish Championship and the Women's World Championship match.

 

   

 

Capablanca Memorial
Polish Championship
Women's World Championship match

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

May 19, 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: Korchmar’s Marvel

 

 

 

   

 

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.