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NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

November 14, 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: Four Knights Opening, Halloween Gambit

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.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5?! Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 [Four Knights Opening, Halloween Gambit]

 

   

 

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

November 11, 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 2

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. I witnessed Shirov's latest effort in the Botvinnik with my own eyes just a few weeks ago at the Chihuahua Open, and what a game it was - watch Video #1.
Impressed with that game as I was, I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and recall my own experiences in the Botvinnik that came from the White side of the board. The same line Shirov is faced in Chihuahua I remember well, because it was I who came up with this whole concept for White and tried it 32 years ago against then very young Vassily Ivanchuk. It only earned me a draw, which back then didn't seem to as anything special ( Ivanchuk was a 17-year-old talent, not a superstar yet), this game remains very dear to my heart and I hope you will enjoy watching my presentation in Video #2. Is this the final word on the 16.Rb1? Still hard to tell...

 

   

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

November 10, 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: Tal's Telltale Talent tills Tolya to tap Tallin Tally

GM LarryC gifts us with a pearl from the Wizard of Riga's collection of stunning games. Larry chooses a game that is perhaps not as famous as other Tal masterpieces, but it surely shows all the magic that the champion was able to pour over the 64-square battle field.

 

   

 

GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

November 5, 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 recaps for us the SPICE CUP

 

 

   

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.