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!
Russia has had to come to grips with the loss of its dominance in team competitions. In the 2015 European Team Championships, they were able to turn back the clock, winning the gold in both the Open and Women's divisions. The absence of Kramnik did not hurt as the team performed especially solidly, losing only a total of two games. Evgeny Tomashevsky contributed with 4.5/7, highlighted by a key sixth round victory over Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia. That game featured a strategical battle in one of the most important structures in chess, the isolated d-pawn. The advance d4-d5, as it typically does, loomed in many important variations. But when it finally made its appearance the end was near.
European Team Championship
"GM Alterman's Gambit Guide"
November 26, 2015
IM Alvis Vitolinsh (1946-1997) was a multi-time Latvian champion who was a friend of Mikhail Tal and worked alongside the Magician from Riga. His style of play was similar to Tal's, and in the early 1980s he came up with some creative gambit play with b5!? for Black in two lines of the Nimzo-Indian Defence that bore his name. The first being in the Capablanca variation with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3 6 Qxc3 b5!?, the other in the Reshevsky variation with 4 e3 0-0 5 Ne2 b5!? - both leading to the sort of dynamic play that can easily see White being overrun if not handled correctly. And in his next four Gambit Guide shows, GM Boris Alterman will look at this aggressive way of playing for Black in the Nimzo with the Vitolinsh Gambits - series 1 & 2 against the Capablanca variation with 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3 6 Qxc3 b5!?, followed by 3 & 4 on the Reshevsky variation with 4 e3 0-0 5 Ne2 b5!?
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: Cambridge Springs turns to Reykjavik Geyser
Today GM Larry Christiansen shows us two games played in recent events: the first game is a nice attacking feat played by Polish GM Bartlomiej Macieja at the Dallas UTFD Open 2015. All the games from this event are available on ICC, as the tournament was relayed live. The second game, again from the European Team Championship, celebrates the great victory of the Russian Team in the Open event. Russia won both open and women's tournaments, throwing all of us a bit back to the golden days of this great chess country. In the game Larry's analyzes for us, super-GM Evgeny Tomashevsky gives a demonstration of powerful attacking play, using the tactics and strategic motifs that are so dear to GM Christiansen: rook lifts, pawn sacs, and of course a great deal of talent! Enjoy another superb installment of "Attack with LarryC!".
The first decades of the 1900's were dominates by true giants, such as Alekhine, Capablanca, Lasker. But there were not only World Champions making the chess scene so incredibly lively during those years. In today's installment of "Ronen's Greatest Hits" GM Har-Zvi pays tribute to one of the greatest American players of all time: Frank James Marshall. Marshal was born in 1887 in New York City. By age 13, he was one of the leading players in Montreal, where e lived from age 8 to 19. In 1907 he played for the World Championship title against Emanuel Lasker, losing it. Marshall was US Champion from 1909 to 1936. The great American player left us some games that are considered as milestones. showing his legendary prowess at openings and his amazing ability at rescuing positions apparently lost. As Marshall himself said "the hardest thing in chess is to win a won game". In 1915 Marshall opened the Marshall Chess Club in New York City, that still is one of the most important an renowned chess clubs in the States.
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: "What Every Russian Schoolboy Studies These Days - Part 2"
In this short two installment series on modern openings Alex Yermolinsky showcases two games of his student who prefers to go by R. Incognito. Both games feature popular Bb5 lines White uses as an Anti-Sicilian weapon of choice. This interesting blend of the Grand Prix Attack and the Rossolimo leaves room for improvement for both sides. In particular, a great care should be given to proper move orders.
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: An unusual queen's pawn opening transposes into a type of London System. White allows Black an extra central pawn, which eventually turns into more space for Black. White's attempt at kingside play is not justified and quickly fizzles. Black makes a nice breakthrough pawn maneuver to get a dangerous passed pawn on the queenside. White is unable to defend accurately, his position collapses, and Black wins easily.
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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