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!
At the Tata Steel tournament, the A Group deservedly gets most of our attention. This year many of the world's elite battled it out and provided a number of exciting games which were explained in game of the day videos. But as always, the B Group of the traditional Wijk aan Zee event provided great bang for the buck as enthusiastic, enterprising, and mostly young participants played a number of exciting games. I particularly enjoyed the contest between young American grandmaster Sam Sevian (who is quickly becoming a gotw favorite) and a recent prodigy from the Netherlands, (just turned) 21-year-old GM Benjamin Bok. For the first 25 moves or so, both sides built up for an attack. From then on, it was a steady stream of tactics with quite a few nice resources for both sides.
Tata Steel 2016 Group B
"GM Alterman's Gambit Guide"
February 04, 2016
The Sicilian Nimzowitsch (or Nimzo-Rubinstein) variation with 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nf6!? is a relatively rare bird on the chess scene with some saying it's on the verge of being unsound. But it's a provocative line with great surprise value; and after 3 e5 often leads to sharp gambit-play that can pack quite a punch to the unwary facing it. In his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman reviews the standing of the variation - and he even includes a look at how not to play it with the now infamous Becerra-Nakamura game recently in the USCL here on ICC, where the US Champion misplayed it to spectacularly lose in just 12 moves!
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: Nuggets from the Rock
Today Larry opens his show with a couple of amazing combinations. the first one especially, which is rarely seen and quite striking. Then GM Christiansen offers us sort of a "Game Of the Day" video from the Gibraltar Chess Festival being played right now in the rocky piece of UK. Larry shows us two outstanding games, which demonstrate all the major themes of attacking play. ICC is relaying the games from the Gibraltar Tournament and, as Larry says, it's worth going through these games. As often happens, Open tournaments bring us some real chess peals! Enjoy another great episode of "Attack with LarryC!.
Samuel Reshevsky is a legendary figure in the chess world. He started playing chess when he was four years old, showing almost immediately his talent, and becoming a prodigy. Famous are the photos that show a baby Samuel playing simultaneous exhibition against bearded and grown up men. Reshevsky was a small kid too, and seeing this little thing playing a lot of grown up man is impressive. His family moved to the US when he was 9 years old. His chess career was just amazing: he played 21 US Championships, winning 8 and finishing in the top three 15 times, playing the most games in the Champs and winning the most games as well. He had a nemesis, as we know, named Robert Fischer. Reshevsky and Fischer didn't get along well, to say the least. There is an anecdote that explains their relationship: they both were playing in Buenos Aires 1960, and interviewed, Reshevsky reportedly said: "I'd settle for the 19th place, if Fischer places 20th". Reshevsky skipped 3 Olympiads, because he knew that Fischer would get first board. He played against 11 World Champions in his long career, which is amazing. In today's episode of his weekly show, GM Ronen Indiana-Jones Har-Zvi tells us about this important protagonist of almost 50 years of the past century.
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: "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda - part 5"
In Russia, it's mandatory to know chess history, for every chess player of any level. Chess culture is an important part of the whole "chess" concept. GM Yermolinsky, in this new series, guides us through chess history, taking in consideration great players of the past who didn't become World Champions, and how it would have affected the history of the game. In his journey into history, Alex asks himself questions such as: what if Pillsbury didn't contract syphilis, Klaus Junge didn't die in the war, Stein would have gotten into the Candidates if there weren't the anti-Russian rule limiting the number of players of the same country? An interesting and original approach to chess history, a lot of not-so-famous games analyzed by Alex, with his unique and fascinating style.
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: The rare variation Sicilian Four Knights became more popular once it was found that it could be used to transpose into the uber-popular Sveshnikov Variation without allowing the Rossolimo Variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. This is an overview of the Sicilian Four Knights 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6.
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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