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GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

December 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: Spassky shows Kan-do Spirit

Boris Spassky is one of Larry's favorite attacking players; he's got a real flair for open positions and is a great counter-attacker. In today's game, played in 1974, just two years after he lost his World Championship Title against Fischer, we see Boris in a big-way rebound, playing in a typical 'who-makes-it-first-there' situation, one of his preferred schemes on the chess-board.

 

   

 

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

December 6, 2018 
 
    

Vladimir Alexeyevich Alatorsev (1909-1987), was a Russian chess grandmaster, organizer, teacher, author, and administrator. During his career, he became champion of both Leningrad and Moscow, and played nine times in the Soviet Chess Championship finals, with his best competitive results in the 1930s, as he placed clear second in the 1933 Soviet final. Alatortsev was an early Leningrad chess rival of Mikhail Botvinnik, who later became World Champion. The Botvinnik Semi Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 is one of the most complicated Chess openings, with highly unbalanced situations and double edge play. However, despite the main line with 9...hg 10. bg5 Nbd7, Black can try out the less known Gambit line 9...Nd5!?, named after Alatorsev. In the new two-part Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows you the main ideas and recent developments in this quite sharp and interesting line.

Alatorsev Gambit in the Botvinnik Semi-Slav - Part 1

 

 

   

 

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

December 05, 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: King's Indian Saemisch Variation

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: This video covers the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.Qd2 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 10.Qf2 Nxf1 11.Qxh4  [King's Indian Saemisch: Bronstein Queen Sacrifice]

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

December 3, 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, after the World Championship and the Women World Championship, GM Joel recaps for us the World Senior Championship and the World Under-16 Team Championship in Turkey

 

 

   

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

December 2, 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: Botvinnik Semi-Slav Revisited - Part 4

The storied history of the Botvinnik Variation of the Semi-Slav is well-documented in chess literature. From the early experimental works of Klaus Junge to Botvinnik's post-WWII famous victories that earned him the right to have his name attached to this opening line, and then off to the glory days of the 1980-90's, when Kasparov seemingly refuted it from the White side, only to play it himself much later on against his young rival, Kramnik - all those are the golden pages forever engraved in the annals of our game. The question is, where does the Botvinnik stand now, in the age of the merciless computer dissection of the entire opening theory? The fact is, the Botvinnik isn't played very often nowadays, having been largely replaced by the Moscow Variation, where 5.Bg5 is answered with 5...h6. There's only one man standing tall to fearlessly defend the black colors in the Botvinnik, and his name is Alexei Shirov. As a young disciple of the great Tal, Alexei learned to play this crazy line by heart through his own experiences, and that to this day enables him to go on and meet the challenge against a new generation of players, armed to the teeth with computer preparation. 

 

   

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.