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GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

October 14, 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: Carlsen's anti-Sicilian - Part 2

GM Yermo is back to openings, and in this four-video series, he shows us how the World Champion and numero uno Magnus Carlsen deals with the Sicilian defense. A fantastic series of videos you can't miss!

World Champions are trend setters, and Magnus Carlsen is no exception here. While his great predecessor Garry Kasparov was in the driver's seat of the computer-powered opening theory express, Magnus prefers to take side trips by bicycle, unhurriedly propelled forward by the power of his mind. One can take sides in this argument, but, all the same, one can't argue with success - Carlsen's way is the way of modern chess. One great example of this approach is presented in Video #1. In a principal battle against Radoslaw Wojtaszek, the man behind opening preparation of Vishy Anand during their World Championship matches, Carlsen went off the rails as early as move 3, introducing a new concept of fianchettoing White's dark-squared bishop in the Sicilian Defense. Somewhat contradictory to himself Wojtaszek, who normally plays the Najdorf, chose a Scheveningen setup, but misplayed it with the untimely h7-h5, and went down without much of a fight. Others were quick to follow Carlsen's footsteps. Games shown in Video #2 illustrate the degree of difficulty for Black even in case of more measured treatment (no h7-h5).



GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

October 13, 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: Liviu and Let Fly - Romanian Rollup in Legica

Today Larry shows us a very nice game, with the well-known Romanian attacking GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu playing one of his amazing combinations. Larry says, during the show: "In this game all the roads lead to victory!". 




GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

October 11, 2018 

Dutch player Daniel Noteboom (1910-1932) is one of the unsung rising stars of the early 1930s. He gained notoriety with an impressive debut at the 1930 Chess Olympiad, scoring 11.5/15. But after playing at Hastings 1931/32, he tragically died of pneumonia in London. Aged only 21, it was a brief but tragic end to what looked a promising career. His trademark was to play aggressively, and he left his legacy to the game with a wild and complex variation (with many gambit lines) in the Semi-Slav Defense: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c6 4 Nf3 dxc4 5 a4 Bb4 6 e3 b5 8 axb5 Bxc3 9 Bxc3 cxb5 10 b3 Bb7 - commonly known as the Noteboom Variation, that still packs a lethal punch for an unsuspecting opponent.

Noteboom Variation Semi-Slav Defense - Part 2





NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

October 10, 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.

Pieces Sacrifice in the Opening


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: This video covers the line 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4 g4 and 5...gxf3 [King's Gambit: Rosentreter Gambit]




GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

October 08, 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 gives us a final recap of the Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia



FIDE Chess Olympiad 2018

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.