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. In this first episode of a 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: "Searching for a new Russian Schoolboy #2"
GM Yermolinsky continues his quest for a new Russian Schoolboy. Russia, that has been the first country in chess for decades, is struggling. They don't win anymore all the team competitions - China seems to have become leader there - and there is not a Russian player at the moment who would appear to be able to challenge the World Champion. Kramnik, despite still being a very strong player, is getting old, and Karjakin has somehow disappeared from the top list. Following the Russian Higher League, GM Yermo discovered a young player who might raise some hope for a new Russian Schoolboy: Ivan Bukavshin. The 19-year-old Russian GM plays great chess, and Yermo shows us a couple of his games in this episode of his acclaimed show.
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: A tribute to Walter Browne, who passed away last week. My theoretical game with him from Round 2 of the 1972 NYC Championship. I dared play the main line of Najdorf Variation against one of the world's leading experts. Six months later in the Church's Fried Chicken tournament GM Mecking improved on my 26th move and beat Browne. But my game, featuring the first time Browne played 26.Ng3 (which he wrote a "!" on his scoresheet before he got up to walk around...) was never published. After the game, Browne took me out to his favorite steakhouse (being from Philly I did not know NY restaurants...).
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!
Just weeks after the instant classic by Wei Yi, we have another game so striking that it will likely be remembered for a long time. But for opposite reasons; the game Navara-Wojtaszek from Biel featured not a king hunt but an audacious king march - all the way to h8! The surprisingly rapid rate of play by Navara indicates that he was still in his home preparation for a long way. A remarkably deep and bold discovery, to be sure, but beyond a spirit of adventure, one has to wonder... why? The risk is of course obvious, but in addition Wojtaszek had several opportunities to more or less equalize. It takes two to tango, and the Polish number one has to be equally commended, as he seemed just as determined as Navara to win this game. Unfortunately, he got the rook ending all wrong. If the other player had messed it up, we might find Navara's play to be a bit crazy... and not like a fox. The game was understandably full of mistakes, with so many difficult decisions to make. But the weirdness factor makes it one of the most interesting games I have had the opportunity to present in this forum.
Biel GM Tournament
"GM Alterman's Gambit Guide"
July 30, 2015
GM Boris Alterman looks at the Goring Gambit, one of the most swashbuckling options for White in the Open Games after 1 e4 e5. It is fun, easy to learn and virtually unavoidable since White can deploy the crafty move order 2 d4 exd4 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 c3 to avoid the Petroff Defense and the Philidor Defense. Even today, the Goring Gambit is still a strong practical weapon where with best play Black achieves no more than equality. However, the lively attacking positions insure that White will have a lot of pressure, even against best play, and a slight error by Black can prove fatal.
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: Navara Dull Moment
The Long Walk. Probably not even the thriller master Stephen King could have come up with such a spectacular and enthralling story. The white king strolling over the board to reach h8 at move 30 is something you don't see every day in super-gm games! The game Larry presents us today is Navara vs. Wojtaszek, from round 3 of the currently being played 48th Biel Grandmaster Tournament. It's a good example of computer preparation: in the pre-computer era, the position after move 15 would have been considered totally lost for White, but nowadays chess is different, and Navara showed the chess world that the long walk is not something inevitably leading to death - as in the King's novel. The game is quite complicated, with a lot of variations, and Larry himself commented the topic moment with the funny "Hey Dave, let's go play in the minefield!". Enjoy the always brilliant analysis of our GM, in this fantastic episode of "Attack with LarryC!".
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!
This service is FREE to members and non-members of the ICC as a sampler
of our full 4 hour daily shows hosted by Mig Greengard, featuring the famed
New In Chess Trivia Quiz, where each day listeners
to the show can win a 1-year subscription to New
In Chess magazine.