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GM Joel's Chess Week Recap

June 18, 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’s show highlights more American triumphs, including a title norm bonanza in Charlotte, and yet another victory for Sam Shankland.

Shankland put up another huge score at the American Continental Championship, taking clear first with 9/11.  Sam had three winning streaks for a total of seven wins with four draws and no losses.  He finished a half-point ahead of Argentine GM Diego Flores.
Charlotte has recently hosted a number of round robin internationals, and though they have been quite successful in producing title norms, the June events were off the chart bonanzas, with two grandmaster norms and three IM norms registered in the four groups.  First off, Stephen Zierk has earned his final grandmaster norm, and will receive the title when his rating reaches 2500 - he must at least be quite close after this tournament. 




American Continental Championship
Charlotte Internationals

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows"

June 17, 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: Typical mistakes in early middlegame - #5

There's a number of ways your game can go wrong, and among them a very common one is the failure to connect the opening with the middlegame.
Generally speaking, it's always better to play actively, but it's one thing when your active moves are theoretically approved, and another when you find yourself in an unfamiliar territory. Passive play got duly punished in the games presented in Video #5.




GM Larry Christiansen's "Attack with LarryC!"

June 16, 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: Tournament of Steel—75 Years of Brilliant Chess #3






Tricks and Traps in the Opening - with IM Watson

June 15, 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.

Queen Gambit Accepted and Slav





GM Boris Alterman's "Gambit Guide"

June 06, 2018 

Not all gambits need to be adventurous, swashbuckling all-out attacks. Some are more in the mould of being positional and strategic in nature, and especially can be found in the Queen's Gambit, whether that being declined or accepted variety.
The Queen's Gambit Accepted (1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4) is one classical opening that has had many famous elite exponents in recent years, such as Anand, Kasparov, Kortchnoi, Ivanchuk and Shirov.
The QGA is a postmodern opening, for it combines and reinforces classical and hypermodern ideas of positional play - not only that, it also offers a wealth of possibilities. And in an extended series for Gambit Guide, GM Boris Alterman will review the Queen's Gambit, starting with the Queen's Gambit Accepted

Queen's Gambit Accepted - part 3





NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"

May 23, 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 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.

Highly Instructive Games - Grigoriev-Alekhine 1915


NM Dan Heisman selects for you highly instructive games, that will help you improve your game! In this new series, Dan analyzes famous and not-so-famous games that he thinks will give you a tool to get to the next level.

Today show: In a complicated opening, Alekhine equalizes but then blunders into a losing combination. Grigoriev misses the win and instead blunders himself into a devastating attack which quickly yields Alekhine the win. However, years later Alekhine claims a "5-queen" game where he was White and the game deviated from the actual Grigoriev game into a fantastic variation.  History claims that Alekhine fabricated the 5-queen game from his actual game with Grigoriev. To add some spice, I have included some modern Stockfish notes. Thanks to Tim Krabbe's book and website "Chess Curiosities" for providing historical perspective.




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.