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GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

September 15, 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: The English-Catalan - Part 1

We all remember the dramatic conclusion of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup. AS Magnus Carlsen caught up at the finish line with the long-time tournament front runner, Ding Liren, a tie-break match was to take place. Given Carlsen's unbeaten streal in such situations, dating back to 2007, most experts predicted yet another victory for the World Champion. The reality proved to be different. Ding won 2-0 in the first rapid chess stage to clinch the biggest success of his career. How was it done? Game One set the tone. Ding employed his favorite opening, a version of the Catalan with the white pawn still remaining on d2, and, with surprising ease, obtained a large advantage on both board and the clock. Later in the game, Magnus did let some drawing opportunities go by, largely because of severe time trouble. This time around the World Camp was unable to mount a comeback. For our purposes, we need to answer one question: how could Ding reach such an advantageous position in an opening, that for a long time had considered to be a peaceful one. This short 3-episode series is designed to answer that. Black's major issue in the Catalan structures is the development of his light-squared bishop. The traditional Catalan gives Black an opportunity to do so, but in the English version of it - remember the white d-pawn remains on d2 - it takes very precise handling for Black to equalize. Supplemental games, covered in the following two videos, demonstrate Black's different approaches to this issue.

 

   

GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

September 14, 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: Drago Unleashed and the Shilong and Short of it
 

GM Christiansen continues his series on "attacking weakened castle position". Today's first clip shows a game from 2008, between Nigel Short and Li Shilong. Short doesn't need presentation: former World Championship Challenger, Nigel's been the leading English players for decades. This game is a good example of how an attack can suddenly appear out of seemingly nowhere. After this interesting apetizer, Larry pays tribute to GM Velimirovic, who recently - and prematurely - passed away. In this game we can see 'Drago' in his best attacking mode. The game was played in Iceland in 1974.

 

   

 

Learn How to Win with GM Boris

  September 12, 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.

Queenside Attack - Part 3

When both opponents castle short side and both Kings are safe, an interesting alternative to the classic Kingside operations is a Queenside attack. Goals of a Queenside attack are far less obvious than those of the Kingside. We try to create a weakness, strong outposts for our pieces or achieve a long term pressure over the opponent's position. To help you master the Queenside attack, in this new series GM Boris Alterman goes through the main principles and the typical plans: Queenside pawns majority and ways to use it, Minority Attack, Queens side positional pressure, and more...
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

September 9, 2019 
 
    

Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin brings you a new show every Monday 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!

GM Joel is going to devote a whole show to the Champions Showdown in St. Louis. The format is not optimal, where each participant plays a really long match against just one other player. They must get tired of seeing that face across the board so much, and the fans probably wouldn't mind a little more variety. But it has to be said, Chess9LX, as they were calling it, produces pretty exciting chess. The random opening setups eliminate boring, drawish opening variations and take players out of their comfort zones. The major drawback is the inaccessibility of the openings. The elite players have a hard enough time figuring them out, and so most fans probably don't get their bearings until the middlegame. On the other hand, when we get there, usually something interesting happens, and that is certainly a positive for the fans. A rare playing appearance by Garry Kasparov is perhaps the greatest highlight of the match play, though his assignment against Fabiano Caruana proved extremely challenging. Garry must agree with Mick Jagger that it's a drag getting old. We saw the old Kasparov spark in doses, but he wasn't able to close out games as he would have in his younger days. All in all, it was a pleasant event to watch and, as usual, superbly organized by the staff at the St. Louis Chess Club.

 

 

   

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.