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NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

September 19, 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.

Pieces Sacrifice in the Opening

NEW VIDEO SERIES!

Tactics! What's best than sacrificing a piece in the opening, to take your opponent into unknown territory, and increase your chances to score early in the game? Coach Dan Heisman presents a new series to teach you how to use the sacrifice weapon to stun your opponent. 

Today's show: In the Two Knights Defense Black defends 4.Ng5 with 4..Bc5?! This video overviews the line 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7.Ke3. The next video considers the seventh move alternative 7.Kg1.

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

September 17, 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 wraps up the World Junior Championship and shows us some interesting games form the Champions Showdown 960.

 

 

   
 
World Junior Championship
Champions Showdown

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

September 16, 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: Complex Minor Piece Endgames
Bishop and Knight vs. Two Knights - Part 2

This four-part series deals with a difficult subject of complex minor piece endgames. Of all possible configurations with two pieces for each side, only examples of the bishop pair advantage and its applications in endgame play can be found in chess literature. The rest has been largely left ignored. I decided to focus on positions where one side tries to convert an advantage while having Bishop and Knight versus two Knights for the defender.
Video #2 demonstrates an amazing concept of advancing the passed pawn without the help of the king. It turns out that a far advanced passed pawn can completely tie down both knights, while the combined efforts of bishop and knight can keep the defender's king from approaching the pawn. An accurate calculation is a must, and again, the attacker failed at the finish line.

 

 

   

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

September 8, 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: U.S. Championship - 40 years ago

 

 

 

   

 

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

September 13, 2018 
 
    

The Ruy Lopez Exchange (or Spanish Exchange) was championed by two great world champions - first by Emmanuel Lasker as a secret weapon to take on the mighty Capablanca; and then arguably more famously by Bobby Fischer, who finely honed it by adding a cutting edge with his modern-day update of it in the 1960s. The concept of the opening is simple: Take all the pieces off the board and White wins the ending. But with the bishop pair, there are many ways for Black to counter the Exchange Lopez, and one enterprising way is to adopt an adventurous gambit made popular by the swashbuckling Swede, Jonny Hector, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Bxc6 dxc6 5 0-0 Bg4 6 h3 Bh5!? that features in a new three-part series for Gambit Guide.

Hector Gambit (Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation) - Part 3

 

 

   

 

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.