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: Tactics are not just used to win material and checkmate; they are also used to prevent losing material and checkmate. Using problems from Jeff Coakley's excellent book Winning Chess Exercises for Kids, we show how tactics are used to prevent a player in a threatening situation from losing the game.
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: Hellsten Breaks Loose
Last installment about Queen sacs by our resident tactician GM Larry Christiansen. In this episode Larry shows us a nice combo and a powerful attacking game, in which pieces and queens fly around to unleash vicious attacks to the enemy King. "Always look for those violent, forcing moves; pawns storms; forks and skewers", like Larry uses to say: anything that could lead you to set up a position that allows attacking chances.
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!
With the great success of Chinese players in the last few years, many were interested to see how they would fare in the World Cup. Of course, we could predict that a head to head battle would take place at some point, as it did with Ding Liren and Wei Yi in the field of sixteen. 16-year-old Wei emerged victorious over his 22-year-old rival, but it was anything but easy. Wei triumphed in the 10 minute game tier of the playoff, but he had to win the second match game just to get there. This week's feature game will be their first match game, which went to the elder statesmen of the two. A flurry of queenless tactics led to an endgame that was difficult to evaluate, let alone play. It seems to me that the World Cup has seen a lot of games with a rook fighting against two minor pieces, and notably in some of them, quite successfully.
"GM Alterman's Gambit Guide"
September 24, 2015
The Blumenfeld Gambit with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5 4 d5 b5!? is a blood relative to the more universally popular Benko Gambit. While it was the invention of Russian master Benjamin Blumenfeld (1884-1947), it only became of interest after Alekhine used it to good effect as he destroyed Tarrasch in 1922 with a text-book advert for the gambit. Modern master praxis has been to decline the gambit with 5 Bg5 rather than being faced with a strong pawn sacrifice for easy piece play and a direct attack a la Alekhine-Tarrasch. But in his latest Gambit Guide series for ICC, GM Boris Alterman shows that the Blumenfeld - even when White declines the gambit - has strategic depth beyond its first impressions.
Don't miss this formative series by our GM Boris Alterman!
It is always hard to tell who's the greatest player in history. This is true for any sport: Federer or Nadal in tennis; Maradona or Pele in soccer; and so on so forth. Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen in chess? Well, for sure Jose Raul Capablanca must be listed among the greatest chess players in history. Capablanca was born in Havana, Cuba in 1888. At age 13, he beat the current Cuban Champion Juan Corso, and then the famous American Frank Marshall in 1909. At that point, he was already one of the best players in the world. It is just impossible to go over all Capablanca's achievement in a short video presentation, but let's just say that the great Cuban dominated the chess scene from 1916 to 1924, with nobody in the world being able to defeat him! GM Ronen Har-Zvi take us on an amazing tour through stories, anecdotes and - of course - brilliant games, to let us know a bit more about this immortal chess champion.
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 5"
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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New In Chess Trivia Quiz, where each day listeners
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