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GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

April 23, 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 Sharjah Masters, the European Women's Championship and the Gashimov Memorial.

 

   

 

Sharjah Masters
European Women's Championship
Gashimov Memorial

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

April 22, 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: Queen Endgames - Part 1

Many players, from club level to 2600+ Grandmasters have an irrational fear of queen endgames. No, they won't run away from the board as soon as such an ending appears, but they don't trust queen endgames as a path to convert advantage into a victory. Too many checks, too much uncertainty, and, yes, a higher probability of a game-changing blunder. The purpose of this series is to restore faith in queen endgames.

Video One deals with a common type of advantage, an extra pawn located on the other side of the board. Some may be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is for a queen to shepherd the passer all the way through. NO KING HELP REQUIRED is the sign posted over the board. However, it all depends on how safe the king's residence is. One little move with the f-pawn, and it becomes too drafty. It is still possible to use the power of the queen to stop the checks by blocking with check or pin, but for that, the defender's king has to be open - see Wang Yue-Adams for a clear-cut application of that technique.

 

 

   

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

April 21, 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: Discovering and awesome obscure game

 

 

 

   

 

Tricks and Traps in the Opening - with IM Watson

April 20, 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.

e4-e5 . Part 2

 

   

 

 

GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

April 19, 2018 
 
    

For years it was known to all as the Sicilian Lasker/Pelikan variation, but the name-change to Sicilian Sveshnikov (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5) came into being after it was revived by the Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov. He was the driving force and inspiration of the variation during the early 1970s when he was a young IM - and back then, it was his creative mind who developed this aggressive method of playing as black. Since then, elite stars such as Kasparov, Kramnik, Topalov, Leko, Radjabov and Shirov have all adopted this variation into their arsenal because it often leads to imbalanced positions. There are many methods to combat the Sveshnikov, but one of the most macho involves the early sacrifice of either a knight or a bishop on b5. And in his latest series, GM Boris Alterman checks the status of both the Nxb5 and Bxb5 gambits vs. the Sveshnikov.

Sveshnikov Sicilian Sacrifices on b5 - part 2

 

 

   

 

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

April 18, 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.

First Learn End! - Amateur-Amateur 2018

In the new Improve Your Chess IV series, coach Dan shows us the importance of learning how to play endgames.

In his new series on endgames, NM Heisman selects GM/master games that are decided in the endgame, showing the entire game but concentrating on the endgame play. The idea is to present practical, instructive endgames of all types, not just "theoretical" positions or difficult wins, although any type of endgame may be included. These videos are aimed at players with USCF/FIDE ratings in the range of 1100-1900; however, players outside that range may benefit as well.

Today's show: Two strong amateurs play into a fairly equal endgame where Black has the slightly better chances. Almost immediately White makes an "aggressive" knight move which backfires. Black soon gets a close-to-winning position where White must defend very carefully. As we have seen repeatedly in this series, this defense is very difficult and, as often occurs, White makes further inaccuracies under pressure and is unable to hold the game.

 

   

 

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.