Mainz Attraction II
you ready to do the shuffle again? No, not a Van McCoy retro
disco theme-night but instead a Chess960 shuffle of the
major pieces on the back-rank, as favored by former world
champion Bobby Fischer!
ICC is pleased to announce we're collaborating
yet again with Chess Tigers, organizers of the popular annual
Mainz Chess Classic in Germany, for a 2nd Chess 960
Internet Qualifier for the FiNet
opens. And we're building on the big success of last
year's tourney by adding onto the human qualifier a
new computer qualifier for the Livingston
Chess960 Computer World Championship.
There will be four qualifiers to the
finals on ICC, running June 17th-22nd. No preregistration
is necessary. This event is only open to ICC members and
to those who sign up for a free trial 7-day membership of
the ICC - so don't delay, sign-up at www.chessclub.com
today! You can play in as many qualifiers as you like, and
the dates will be:
- Qualifier 1: Tuesday, June 17, 6pm
- Qualifier 2: Wednesday, June 18, 3pm EDT
- Qualifier 3: Thursday, June 19, 2pm EDT
- Qualifier 4: Friday, June 20, 4pm EDT
- Finals: Sunday, June 22, 3pm EDT
And the main prizes we have on offer
to one of the world's biggest and best tournaments include:
- 1st prize: $630 (400 Euro) + Free
entry to FiNet and Ordix + Hotel and breakfast at Mainz
- 2nd prize: $470 (300 Euro) + Free entry to FiNet and Ordix
+ Hotel and breakfast at Mainz
- 3rd/4th prize: $157 (100 Euro) + Free entry to FiNet and
- 5th-8th prize: 1 year ICC membership extension
- 9th-16th prize: 3 months ICC membership extension
- 1st prize: $470 (300 Euro) + a place
in the Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship +
Hotel and breakfast at Mainz
- 2nd prize: $313 (200 Euro) + a place the in Livingston
Chess960 Computer World Championship + Hotel and breakfast
Full details of all the rules and conditions
for this exclusive qualifier for ICC members can
be found here.
Don't Want to Miss a Thing proved to be a big hit for
Aerosmith. And you certainly won't want to miss a thing
here at ICC with our live coverage of Aerosvit 2008, running
7th-20th June in Foros, Ukraine.
The impressive line-up in Foros for
this extremely strong elite event includes: Magnus Carlsen
(Norway), Peter Svidler (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk
(Ukraine), Alexei Shirov (Spain), Sergey Karjakin
(Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia), Evgeny Alekseev
(Russia), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Andrei Volokitin
(Ukraine), Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Romania), Loek
Van Wely (Netherlands) and Alexander Onischuk
ICC Chess.FM will have a live relay
of Aerosvit 2008 (starting at 08:00am EDT) and a GOTD service
throughout, hosted by GMs Joel Benjamin, Larry
Christiansen and Ronen Har-Zvi.
Aerosvit 2008 official
You A Member of the USCF?
In a new sponsorship deal with the
United States Chess Federation, ALL current members of the
USCF will qualify for a free 6-month membership! For new
WCL members, simply check the USCF Member box and enter
your USCF membership number and PIN on the WCL
registration page. If you're already registered with
WCL, go to your
account page and use the USCF link at the bottom.
WCL is the new sponsor of the USCF's
2008 Grand Prix and 2008 Junior Grand Prix. We're providing
prize funds of $20,000 and $7,500, respectively, and will
also be running Online Grand Prix events all year, beginning
in April, open only to USCF members. So what are you waiting
for? Sign up now for your FREE 6 month membership to World
Chess Live and start winning those Grand Prix points!
So what are you waiting for? Come join
the growing USCF community at WCL and take part in all the
NM Dan Heisman "Improve Your Chess"
National Master Dan Heisman is a
name that is synonymous with excellence in chess coaching
Over the years, Dan has produced
many winning students and scholastic teams - and now
he can help you, too! In this series of five instructional
videos for ICC Chess.FM, Dan brings you his innovative
teaching methods on how to play better chess - and
all packed with sound advice from the maestro himself.
1. Introduction to Safety and Counting
(below 1500) -- Watch
2. Introduction to Time Management (all players)
3. Introduction to Thought Process (800-1800)
4. Common Evaluation Misconceptions (1000-2200)
5. Is It Safe? (below 1900) - this video is a follow-up
to "Introduction to Safety and Counting"
These 5 videos are available exclusively
for ICC members - but as a special launch promotion, non-members
can view for free Dan's
first video in full. To view the other four video in
the series, sign
up for membership!
Mondays: GM Ronen Har-Zvi "New Ideas
in the Marshall Attack"
One of the world’s first
Grandmasters of chess, America’s 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
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.
for a free 5 minute preview of Ronen's latest video. To
listen to the full videos, sign
up for membership!
Tuesdays: 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 (Tue., 3 June), joining IM
John Watson on Chess Talk is US grandmaster and Chess.FM
commentator Gregory Kaidanov.
Gregory was born in 1959 in Berdichev,
Ukraine, but moved the following year with his family to
Kalingrad, Russia. Another product of the legendary Soviet
school of chess, he studied the game from the age of 8 at
the 'Pioneer's House.' In 1991, Gregory emigrated to Lexington,
Kentucky, where he soon established himself as one of America's
leading players. He holds the dubious record of being the
highest-rated player never to have won the US championship
title; though this year, he did win the strong Gausdal Classic
Gregory is also highly-regarded within
the game as a top chess trainer and holds the post of head
coach at the US
Find below a selection of free 5-minute
previews of the latest shows. To listen to the full shows,
up for membership!
Wednesdays: 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
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!
Thursdays: 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!
Thursdays: 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.
Fridays: 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.
This not-to-be-missed weekly video
series is exclusive 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!
How to Crush your Chess Opponents - Simon Williams
Williams, one of Britain's most dynamic and aggressive
chess-players, has selected his favourite attacking
games from the modern era, and annotated them with
an infectious zeal that will inspire and instruct.
He takes us inside the decision-making process, explaining
how each stage in an attacking concept is formed,
and shows how top players spot the signs that indicate
it is time to stake everything on an all-out assault.
We also get insights into the role of intuition and
calculation in both attack and defence.
The players featured in this entertaining
collection include: Judit Polgar, Alexei Shirov, Veselin
Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Vasily Ivanchuk, Peter
Svidler, Alexander Grishchuk, and Magnus Carlsen.
Simon Williams is an experienced
international grandmaster from England who has gained
a reputation for playing uninhibited attacking chess.
He represented England in World and European Championships
in various age groups.
112 pages, soft cover, large
NOW $10 - Russians versus Fischer
Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosyan, Vasily Smyslov,
Mikhail Botvinnik, Paul Keres, Mark Taimanov, Yuri
Averbakh, Igor Bondarevsky, Lev Polugayevsky, Alexander
Kotov and other noted Soviet Grandmasters were involved
in a game which could be named RUSSIANS versus FISCHER.
148 commented games played by
Fischer against Russian grandmasters.
Compiled by D. Plisetsky and
S. Voronkov. English language. 395 pages. Colored
hard cover. Moscow 1994.
Price $10.00 -
Art Of Attacking Chess, The - Zenon Franco
chess-players love to play a smooth attacking game,
flowing from start to finish, and sprinkled with spectacular
ideas and sacrifices. However, few can do so regularly,
and for most players, their collection of brilliancies
missed far outweighs their creative successes.
Innate talent plays an important
role, but many of the skills needed for attacking
chess can be learnt by study and practice. Here, one
of the world's most experienced annotators has selected
33 superb examples, and explained them in a way that
strips away the mystery. We see how the decision to
attack is made, and which positional factors led to
that decision being justified. We observe either a
gradual build-up, or a lightning-fast storm, and understand
why one approach or the other was necessary. Finally,
we witness the final execution of the tactical blows.
To check that we have truly grasped
the ideas, Franco presents us with plentiful exercises,
where it is we who have to perform the heroics.
Zenon Franco is a grandmaster
from Paraguay who now lives in Spain. He is an experienced
chess trainer, his most notable pupil being Paco Vallejo,
now one of the world's top grandmasters, whom he taught
from 1995 to 1999.
256 Pages, soft cover, large
NOW $10 - Mikhail Tal: Tactical Genius - Alexander
Raetsky & Maxim Chetverik
this book Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik revisit
Tal's brilliant victories. The authors have carefully
picked his most famous and instructive games and combinations,
ones which set the chess world alight with admiration.
A study of this tactical genius is sure to entertain
and benefit the aspiring chess student.
Price $10.00 -