Hermanas: Right Here, Right Now!
today, and for the ninth consecutive year, ICC is hosting
the annual Internet Chess Tournament "Ciudad de
Dos Hermanas" 2008.
cash prize fund amounts to EUR 7,700 (about $12,000),
with 2,000 Euro (roughly $3,400) first prize, plus
additional class prizes and ICC membership prizes for amateur
players. Entry is completely FREE and you DON'T
even need to be a member of ICC to play!
This event is clearly the most important
Internet chess tournament in the world, with the last two
editions boasting an entry of over 2,000 players from all
over the world! Last year's victor was former child prodigy
and under-10 World Champion IM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun,
who overcome an impressive field of 300 IM/GMs, including
top players Shahriyar Mamedyarov, Tigran L. Petrosian,
Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura, Kiril Georgiev
and Sergey Shipov.
As in previous editions, the playing
system is as follows: twelve 12- round Swiss qualifiers
using the playing rate: 3 minutes per game. Qualifiers
are held twice a day from March 28th to April 2nd, and
the finals are held on April 4th and 5th. The 12 qualifier
winners plus the 20 best scores qualify to the 32 KO final.
Even if you are not aiming to win
a prize, this tournament gives you a unique chance to meet
world class players! We hope that Dos Hermanas will
become the internet chess tourney of the year once again.
Make sure to register early! Your registration is
valid for all qualifiers, but you do not need to play all.
Full rules, guidelines and registrations
can be found at our special Dos
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once, twice, three times a winner - and he's Levon
Aronian, the Armenian #1, who has just played
the tournament of his life to be the toast of the
Melody Amber tournament in Nice, France.
After winning the combined and
rapid titles by big margins with a round to spare,
Aronian kept the champagne on ice for an extra day
as he took a four-way tie with Topalov, Kramnik and
Morozevich in the blindfold event.
At 25, Aronian is the eldest of
a newer generation of elite players looking to make
a name for himself with a possible title challenge
on the back of his rise in the world rankings. He
took the Corus title on tiebreak ahead of Magnus Carlsen
back in January, and hes now dominated the field
to be the big winner of the Melody Amber.
Official site: www.amberchess2008.com
here for Free Amber Video Reports from Macauley Peterson!
GM Ronen Har-Zvi "New Ideas
in the Marshall Attack"
One of the worlds first Grandmasters
of chess, Americas Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944),
left behind a lasting legacy to the chess world with
his revered gambit against the Ruy Lopez the
Marshall Attack with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4
Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5!
The Marshall Attack is one of the
most important openings in the history of chess and
is still deployed with regularity at super Grandmaster
level. In current theory the ideas and strategies
of both approaches are studied in-depth, and nowadays
experts have come to the conclusion that White has
no clear superiority in the main theoretical lines.
And in the latest of his "New Ideas in..."
series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi, takes a closer look under
the microscope at Marshall's revolutionary idea.
Click here for a free
5 minute preview of Ronen's latest video. To listen to the
full videoss, sign
up for membership!
"Chess Talk" with IM John Watson
for Chess Talk with IM John Watson on ICC Chess.FM.
John's weekly 60+ minute show (members only) will feature
an interview with leading chess personalities. All shows
run on demand for members after airing.
This week, joining IM John Watson on
Chess Talk is Dutch IM Jeroen Bosch of SOS fame.
A prolific writer for various chess publications, Jeroen
found his niche in the chess market while working for New
in Chess. His SOS article in the magazine continually
perplexed (and pleasantly surprise) us with the seemingly
endless stream of unorthodox opening ideas that soon spawned
its own series of books.
The highly acclaimed SOS series put
the fun back into studying openings again as it provided
intermediate chess players with perfectly playable, easily
digestible opening ideas: deviations from main line opening
theory at a very early stage of the game (usually before
Find below a selection of free 5-minute
previews of the latest shows. To listen to the full shows,
up for membership!
Attack with LarryC!
at ICC Chess.FM - Attack With LarryC! A
weekly 30 min+ show on Wednesdays at 15:00 EDT
(and available on-demand thereafter for members), featuring
three-time U.S. Champion Larry Christiansen, one of the
most dangerous and respected attacking players of his generation.
Larry is a feared competitor and attacker
who authored two popular books that showcase his aggressive
style: Storming the Barricades and Rocking
the Ramparts. And each week on his show, Larry will
feature various attacking motifs and themes and showing
you how best to play for mate.
Video" for a free 5 minute preview of Larry's latest
video. By popular demand from members, we are now archiving
with LarryC shows. This video is just one of the many
benefits of being a full member of ICC - so, sign
up for membership!
Ask the Renaissance Man
Tune-in for "Ask the Renaissance
Man" with National Master Dan Heisman
every Thursday at 21:00 EDT. You send in the questions
and Dan provides the answers every week on his Q&A
show. Questions on tournament rules, opening play,
chess books, chess politics, current events, and more!
"Play Video" for a free 5 minute preview of Dan's
latest show. To listen to the full show, sign
up for membership!
Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide
Israeli GM Boris Alterman
is best known as a leading chess advisor for the multi-title
winning chess software program (Deep) Junior, where he specialized
in developing its opening book.
GM Joel Benjamin "Game
of the Week"
U.S. Champion GM Joel Benjamin starts his
weekly show every Friday at 15:00 Server Time. Click "Play
Video" for a free 5 minute preview of Joel's latest
show. To listen to the full show, sign
up for membership!
Joel is regarded by many as one of
the best commentators and analysts' we have in the game
today, and each Friday he will be giving us his insight
and spin with his selection of Game of the Week. And for
the month of April only, each week viewers to Joel's show
will get the opportunity to win a personally autographed
copy of his hit new book, American Grandmaster. You
need to be a full member of ICC to enter competition.
This is a not-to-be-missed 30-minute
video is exclusively for ICC members only -- so if you want
to get ahead of the game, get ready to tune-in! By popular
demand and requests from members, ALL
of Joel Benjamin's GOTW videos are available. Enjoy!
1500 Tourney Celebration Recap!
Thanks to the 196 players
who joined this tourney in celebration of CrisGrossi's
milestone achievement! The tourney was 25 rounds of
3 0 swiss blitz! Lasse10 won the tournament
with a score of 20/25. Prizes were awarded to the
top 5 finishers who were: lasse10, misform, kasun,
omko, BimboOrfali. Congratulations to our prize winners
and to Cris for managing 1500 tourneys!
0 Blitz Championships!
Mark your calendars for April
12-17th! Those are the dates of the 2008 3 0 Blitz
Championship Qualifiers. Each day, one qualifying
tourney will be held. These tournaments will be 11
rounds of swiss 3 0 blitz. The top 5 finishers in
each Qualifier will advance to the Finals. In addition,
the next 3 best finishers for the whole series of
Qualifiers who did not otherwise qualify will also
advance to the finals. They will be joined by last
year's champion, RLH2. Come test yourself against
the best and see if you can be the 2008 Champion!
Full information at http://www.littleper.com/public/champs/start.html
Every morning at 07:00, Tomato
will host the Early Morning Blitz Tourney, a 3 1 swiss
7 round blitz tourney. Prizes are awarded at the end
of every month to the top 3 finishers in the series.
Also, the three players who played the most games
overall in the series receive a prize as well! "Finger
EarlyMorning" for full details on this exciting
How can I watch other games
in the current round once my game is finished? Well,
if you simply type, "tell <bot> games",
you will see a list of all the games in that round.
Some may be finished while others will be ongoing.
For the ones that say "Observe <#>",
you can just click on that game and it will appear
on your screen for your viewing pleasure! So for example,
if you were playing in the Early Morning Blitz tourney
in Tomato, you would simply type "Tell tomato
games". Then you can pick your game of choice!.
Chess on the Edge - Bruce Harper and Yasser Seirawan
on the Edge is a three-volume work which contains
all of Canadian Grandmaster Duncan Suttles' tournament
games which could be found. The first volume contains
100 games organized by theme ("The Suttles Style",
"Pawns", "The Center", etc.).
The second and third volumes contain 513 games organized
by opening (219 games in Volume 2, 294 games in Volume
3), plus 3 supplemental games in volume 2 and 4 supplementary
games in volume 3.
Volume 1 - 313 pages - $37.95
Volume 2 - 328 pages - $37.95
Volume 3 - 345 pages - $37.95
Chess Monthly - March 2008 issue
UK's most popular CHESS magazine - established 1935!
*Bobby Fischer tribute
*My 61 Memorable Games - A hoax?
*A report from Andrew Greet on Hastings 2007/8
*An interview with top British junior, Sabrina Chevannes
*Short games with Sharp Openings by GM Bogdan Lalic
*British Chess Champion Jacob Aagaard reports on the
Plus all the usual features!
Roman's Lab 55: A Tribute to Bobby Fischer
this DVD Roman pays tribute to the greatest pure chess
genius of all time, Bobby Fischer.
Included on this DVD:
* Never published and never revealed
commentary and facts about Fischers life
* Evolution of Fischer from age 12
* How Russia ordered all their greatest GMs to prepare
Spassky to beat Fischer in their 1972 WC match
* Fischer requested to meet and play Roman in the
* Roman will show you his favorite Fischer games -
these games are fantastic and rarely analyzed
* Roman comments on Fischer vs Karpov and who was
better Fischer or Kasparov?
* Bonus included interview from Karpov on Fischer
and he annotates Game 3 of 1972 WC
* Extremely Rare footage from the Fischer Spassky
King's Gambit for the Creative Aggressor, The -
work comprises eleven chapters, an Introduction, index
of variations and players, and a bibliography.
This is an excellent repertoire
book, the author ignores less aggressive or over aggressive
and discredited lines and wherever possible has selected
sharp sidelines gleaned from some standard but also
obscure sources. Although the book is 10 years old,
the theory of the Kings Gambit does not move
too much but be sure to check all the sharp stuff
with Fritz just in case.
Hard cover, figurine algebraic
notation, 173 pages, in both English and German.