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GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

November 16, 2019 
 

 

    

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: Some Sparkling Caruana Carats
 

Many think he's the most direct threat to Numer Uno Magnus Carlsen, and he's for sure the hottest chess player on the planet at the moment. The"Fab" from Brooklin is playing amazing chess, with his direct and apparently uncomplicated way to destroy his opponents. GM Larry Christiansen continues his review of early gems from Fabiano Caruana; this week Larry shows us two games from the Olympiad (2008 and 2012). Fabiano his in his early 20's, so we don't need to go back in time too far to find "early" Sparkling Carats! 

 

   

 

Learn How to Win with GM Boris

  November 14, 2019 
 
    

Nowadays, everyone is super prepped up in openings, you might be too, and you're likely getting good positions out of them, but it's in the middle game where battles are decided. In this magnificent video series, GM Alterman (ELO 2611) carefully takes you through all the key aspects and secrets of middlegame play.

Positional Sacrifice - Part 6

When we sacrifice tactically - we usually want to get immediate advantages, like winning material back or reaching a mating attack against our opponent's King. The positional sacrifices have a different nature - they are real. By giving up a pawn, a piece or an exchange, we look for some compensation in the form of more active pieces, controlling key squares, open files, initiative, development advantage or opportunity of attack. A disadvantage of positional sacrifices is that there is no forced win and there are many possibilities and continuations, so the defender can suddenly spring a surprise and even hold on to the material advantage and win the game. That's why before a positional sacrifice you have to evaluate precisely many factors, giving yourself the opportunity to keep successfully a long term compensation. Positional sacrifice is always risky. Sacrifice only when you believe in yourself: even a correct sacrifice could become a wrong one if you step back in a decisive moment. In this new series of lectures with GM Boris we will study the most common positional sacrifices: pawn sacrifice, exchange sacrifice, piece positional sacrifice; and also the less common ones, like Rook and Queen positional sacrifices. Don't miss this new and interesting series of GM Alterman's weekly show "Learn How to Win with GM Boris! 

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

November 11, 2019 
 
    

This week features two major international events, the FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg, Germany and the GCT Superbet Rapid and Blitz from Bucharest, Romania. But first, one more game from The European Team Championship in Batumi. Alexei Shirov has pinballed back and forth between Latvia and Spain over the years. He earned the silver medal on board three and won an interesting multi-phasic game from his Romanian opponent. We've seen a lot of variation in tournament formats recently, in time controls and playing structure. The FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg is a 16 player Knockout event, kind of like a mini-World Cup. They are through two rounds now, with Vachier-Lagrave, Grischuk, Dubov, and Duda reaching the semi-finals. I have action from the first round, starting with a match between two players who have been featured recently, Teimour Radjabov, World Cup winner, and Daniil Dubov, the hero of the gold medal Russian team in the European Team Championship. It was the longest match lasting into the sixth playoff game, eight overall, and ended with a tragic blunder by Radjabov. A good number of the world-class players absent from Hamburg competed in the Superbet Rapid and Blitz tournament. Anton Korobov is not one of your usual suspects and may seem out of place in the field at only 2670. However, his rapid and blitz ratings are a hundred points higher, and he justified his presence in the rapid portion, taking first place with 6/9. In the blitz portion, the script was flipped, with Korobov finishing next to last with 6.5/18, finishing ahead of only Caruana, who took the bottom spot overall. Sergey Karjakin tied for first in the blitz segment with Le Quang Liem on 11/18. Karjakin had a solid result in the rapid, with 4.5 points. That put him ahead of Le Quang Liem as well as Anand and So, who were tied for third in the blitz. Levon Aronian, tied for fifth in the blitz but was still only a point back of Karjakin. With 5/9 from the rapid play, Aronian's tally matched Karjakin's and forced a playoff. Aronian took the title when he emerged victorious from a tactical skirmish in the second game.


Download Joel's annotated games HERE!

 

   

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

November 10, 2019 
 
    

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: Same color Bishop Endgame - Part 1

The same color bishops are known to be easy to evaluate. Just look at the pawn structure, and you will be able to tell which side is playing for a win. There aren't very many sharp scenarios when both sides push their passed pawn forward. Most of the time it comes down to breaking down a fortress by infiltrating with the king. Nothing new about it in the following examples, just application of the known principles. The attacker must be keenly aware of securing his last pawn, once his king is going to the far end of the board to win the opponent's bishop. There's often an issue of a rook pawn with a wrong color of the promotion square as well. Do the work and you will be rewarded with satisfying endgame results!

 

   

NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

April 16, 2019
 
   

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.

Amateur Mistakes: What are ALL the things that move does? #2

NEW VIDEO SERIES!

Coach Dan Heisman is back to help average players step up and raise their level of play. In this new series, Dan shows us the most common mistakes that, typically, an amateur makes during a chess game. Time management, wrong openings, outright blunders, and many more mistakes that can plague a chess game are tackled by Coach Heisman, with suggestions on how to avoid them. While the series is aimed at amateur players, Dan's advice can be useful for every chess player! 

Today's show: This video shows two games with the same errors in each game: asking "Why did he make that move?" instead of "What are ALL the things that move does?". Also features some sneaky pins

 

 

   

 

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.