Three-time U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin brings you a new show every Friday at 15:00 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 we have another topsy-turvy game, this time from the French Championship. Grandmasters Romain Edouard and Jean-Marc Degraeve contested a sharp King's Indian/Benoni hybrid where counting pawns and exchanges were just part of the equation. A critical miscalculation in the tactics ended up deciding the result.
King's Indian: Sämisch, 5...O-O
NM Dan Heisman's "Improve Your Chess IV"
August 22, 2015
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.
In the new Improve Your Chess IV series, Dan provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve.
Today's show: Black falls into a trap in the opening and loses a pawn. He then questionably trades into an endgame but gets some play. Although lower rated, Black slowly outplays White and gets an advantage. White then has the option of trading into a very complicated king and pawn endgame. Instead of taking time to figure it out, both sides go headlong into the complications. However, once in the endgame, they decide not to calculate any of the complications and play quickly, amounting to host of missed opportunities. Black finally wins, but the instructive lines both sides made no attempt to calculate are the story.
"Play the Blackmar-Diemer gambit and mate will come by itself!" so wrote Emil Diemer (1908-1990), as he refashioned an opening once played by Armad Blackmar (1826-1888), which came to bear both their names. Diemer was an average player who shot to fame in the fifties and sixties through the popularity of his opening with the masses, especially in Germany and the Netherlands. The BDG with 1. d4 d5 2. e4!? has a large following and it does indeed go for the jugular early, as white plays for mate from move two. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows even today that the BDG can be just as lethal.
Don't miss this formative series by our GM Boris Alterman!
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
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: Stocking Up on g5
To take, or not to take: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sacrifice a piece The bishop and knight of outrageous fortune, Or to eat that pawn against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? -- The Ruy Lopez and the Giuoco Piano, when Black plays early h6 and g5, are the two main openings which can easily lead to the stock sacrifice on g5. This important and interesting tactical sacrifice is part of any chess player's knowledge, but it requires careful consideration. How are your pieces placed when you decide to go for the sac? Is there a strong continuation which will make your attack grow, gain power, and eventually give you the whole point? In this episode of his great show, GM Larry Christiansen continues to guide us through some great examples of how to use this formidable weapon.
Emanuel Lasker, World Champion for 27 years (1894-1921) was not your typical chess player, who usually is a mono-maniac totally absorbed - when not obsessed - by the game. Lasker had a lot of different interests, which made him one of the most fascinating personalities of his era. Albert Einstein, a good friend of his, wrote about the great chess player: "Emanuel Lasker was undoubtedly one of the most interesting people I came to know in my later years. We must be thankful to those who have penned the story of his life for this and succeeding generations. For there are few men who have had a warm interest in all the great human problems and at the same time kept their personality so uniquely independent." Emanuel Lasker brought into chess a fundamental new concept, which in a way was not understood by his contemporaries: psychology. The psychological approach to your opponent, which can lead you to play not the absolutely best move, but rather the best move in that precise occasion. Today this is universally accepted, and we see very good games played in this spirit, but back then, the mathematician and philosopher chess World Champion was well ahead of his time, and his way to tackle the game was not always well taken. Even Fischer, in the '60's, said that Lasker was not a chess genius, but a coffiehouse player. Today we know how strong and interesting Lasker was, and the importance of his legacy. With this mini-series, Ronen introduces us to one of the most important and charismatic champions ever.
Former World Champion and legendary chess teacher Mikhail Botvinnik was the originator of the “Every Russian school boy 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 new 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: "Yermo's My system on the KID - Part 2"
Alex Yermolinsky doesn't usually do openings, but when he does, he does it his own way. Welcome to a five-part new series entirely devoted to an unnamed line (which Yermo modestly calls "my system") characterized by the moves h2-h3 and Bc1-g5. The system that can become your new weapon against all things Kings Indian. This line being devoid of long lines to memorize makes it an ideal playground to focus on patterns and ideas as shown in Alex's own games.
In this series, John Watson looks at a wide variety of unconventional openings, ranging from early flank moves to wild piece sacrifices. Everyone has to face such variations from time to time, and most players are not well-prepared to deal with the challenges they pose. Watson provides you with the ammunition to punish the antipositional or overambitious moves that often characterize irregular play.
John Watson is on break the next two weeks. IM Mark Ginsburg will be stepping in with an excellent video series Upholding the Sicilian: Smith-Morra Gambit.
The Sicilian Defense is by far Black's most popular answer to 1 e4 at all levels of chess - but many White players prefer to avoid the main lines by playing one of the multitude of so-called ‘Anti-Sicilian' lines on offer. These alternatives to 2 Nf3 include the primitive but dangerous Grand Prix Attack, one or two wild gambits, and also some tedious and niggling variations such as the Alapin with 2. c3, the Closed Sicilian, the Moscow/Rossolimo with 3. Bb5(+) and the KIA which are all designed to stamp out any fun Black was envisaging when playing 1...c5.
But fear not, because there's an antidote to it all: "Upholding the Sicilian" by IM Mark Ginsburg, who in a new video series provides a reliable repertoire to all those annoying sidelines!
The Holiday season is always a favorite time of the year to watch The French Connection, and here on ICC Chess.FM, we have our own version of the cult classic with a new series of GM Varuzhan "Popeye" Akobian videos based on his own ideas and repertoire as a lifelong maven of the French Defense!
Akobian's French Connection is a new five-part series that will give everyone from beginner to expert player the framework for further research on a reliable system to meet 1 e4 with e6!
GM Boris Alterman will be on holiday throughout December and Gambit Guide will be back again in January 2012.
"Positional Exchange Sacrifice" by FM Valeri Lilov (Tiger-Lilov)
While IM John Watson takes a well-earned break from his regular show Beyond the Opening, his spot for the next two Tuesdays is filled by FM Valeri Lilov, with a bonus 4-part video series for members on positional exchange sacrifices. Pt 1 & 2 are shown together, with 3 & 4 next week.
This month (Tue., 7 June ), replacing IM John Watson for now as guest host of Chess Talk will be international chess journalist Janis Nisii (Janis on ICC). Janis lives and works in Italy and has reported on several major elite tournaments for magazines such as New In Chess, Chess (UK), 64 (Russia), Europe Echecs (France), Jaque (Spain), Schach (Germany) and Torre & Cavallo (Italy).
And her very special guest in a two-part Chess Talk special needs no introduction, as it is world No.3 and recent candidate Levon Aronian. Levon Aronian has led tiny chess mad Armenia to two Olympiad Golds in 2006 and 2008 and his most recent victory was winning the final Amber Tournament in Monte Carlo.
Mikhail Tal has a special place in the hearts of most chess players. Tal deeply loved the game of chess and believed "Chess, first of all, is Art."
Fittingly, the 2009 Tal Memorial in honor of the "Magician from Riga" is the strongest tournament of the year, and one of the strongest fields of all time. MORE INFO.
The 2nd Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament takes place 27th Sept - 9th October 2009 in Nanjing, China. The total prize fund is $365,000 (250,000 Euros) and event is part of the Grand Slam series, with the winner getting an automatic seat into next year’s Grand Slam Masters Final. MORE INFO.
The Scandinavian Defense (or Centre Counter) has risen in a relatively short time from being a theoretical backwater to a fully-blown main line opening. Its change in name to the Scandinavian came in the mid-1980s with its rehabilitation at top level by Denmark's Bent Larsen. And its rise since then has been nothing short of meteoric, even being used with great effect by Vishy Anand in his unsuccessful 1995 world title match against Garry Kasparov.
Against 1 e4, the Scandinavian is hugely popular at club level
because Black gains a minor psychological victory by setting the agenda from
the off with 1..d5! And in his new ICC Chess.FM series on the Scandinavian,
Pete Tamburro explores the 2...Qxd5 lines in five videos (and with a two volume
set to come later on 2 ..Nf6) that will take you through all the key themes
and strategies required for Black to play this popular, and easy-to-play opening
with confidence - and sizzling success!
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