Monday, December 22 IM Valeri Lilov The Master Secrets Part 1
Understanding how the masters think has always been a challenge to most players. Chess masters account for about less than five percent of chess players worldwide. The masses are left to guess and wonder what chess masters know and do that others don’t. Check this video to learn what you need to know to be a part of that elite group that is set apart from the rest of the chess world.
Tuesday, December 23 IM Bill Paschall Bluffing with a Good Image
IM Paschall illustrates the advantage of cultivating a good image as a sound player. Sometimes risky or tricky variations can be employed to gain an opening advantage if the opponent is too “trusting”. This illustrative game shows again how one such bluff has worked time and time again in many games
Wednesday, December 24 FM Dennis Monokroussos Giving It All Away
We all know and love the old 19th century games where the players sac a queen and a couple of rooks to deliver mate. They’re impressive and entertaining too, even if the level of resistance was pretty low. But such games are a relic of the distant past, right? Not necessarily. The game we’ll see today was played in 1993, featuring GMs who are alive and well today, and outdoes all of the earlier games. The winner, Grigory Serper, sacrifices *every single one* of his pieces – and the sacs are all eventually accepted, too! The whole combination – or series of combinations, really – is sound, and he meets with very decent resistance too. I don’t know if Serper’s feat is unique, but at the very least it’s exceedingly rare.
Thursday, December 25 LM Dana Mackenzie When Flashy is Not Necessarily Best
A recent U.S. Chess League game between GMs Daniel Naroditsky and Conrad Holt featured three stunning sacrifices by Naroditsky, and was named Game of the Week. Yet the game ended in a draw. What went wrong for Naroditsky? Perhaps his youthful exuberance. He repeatedly let his emotions over seeing a “brilliant” combination outweigh calm, patient, objective analysis. Holt’s stubborn defense also deserves credit, and his drawing method in the endgame has to be seen to be believed.
Friday, December 26 GM Bryan Smith Carlsen Takes the Lead in Sochi
In game two of the 2014 World Championship Match, Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Anand’s Berlin defense in an interesting game. Here GM Bryan Smith looks at the key moments from that game.
Monday, December 15 IM Valeri Lilov The Quiet Moves (strategy, middlegame)
Have you ever been carried along in the flow of an attack, relentlessly striking at your opponent, but then finding that you are missing just one little thing? Maybe you should stop and think about it, and you may find a quiet move in the position. Check out IM Lilov’s new video to learn more!
Tuesday, December 16 IM Bill Paschall The Dynamic Exchange Slav (opening , tactics)
Black falls behind in development after pawn grabbing in the exchange Slav. In the key moment , the defense could have maintained the balance, but one slip and GM Berczes wins in 28 moves.
Wednesday, December 17 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Fine Win for One of Magnus Carlsen’s Great Predecessors (middlegame, strategy)
Magnus Carlsen recently said that Reuben Fine was one of the players, along with Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, that he compared himself to. Very high praise! Fine was one of the very best in the world in the 1930s and 1940s, a technically great player who could brutally outplay even his peers at the top of world chess. Fine quit professional chess just before having the chance to fight for the world title, but during his career he produced masterpieces like this one. His opponent, Mikhail Botvinnik, was a future world champion and already at least in the top five in the world, maybe in the top three, but he crushes him like an amateur in this game.
Thursday, December 18 GM Bryan Smith The Creative Play of Baadur Jobava Middlegame (strategy)
In the last year, the Georgian GM Baadur Jobava has emerged as one of the top players in the world as well as a favorite of fans due to his unusual and creative play. Here we will look at his sixth round win over Jan Timman from their recent match, where Jobava shows some unique positional themes and a thematic exchange sacrifice.
Friday, December 19 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Carlsen’s Positional Maneuvering is an Art Form! (middlegame)
Watch and learn how young Carlsen weaves the positional net around Caruana’s solid Slav. Magnus has a remarkable gift to feel where to put each piece! Eventually Black runs out of moves and White executes the central breakthrough.
Monday, December 8 IM Valeri Lilov Fischer’s Game Secret, Part 1 (middlegame)
Bobby Fischer is certainly one of the greatest players who ever lived. Yet, many chess players wonder how he was able to play so strongly that his opponents couldn’t even survive his attacks. The secret of Fischer’s play is a subject that may help many to understand the real way to chess improvement!
Tuesday, December 9 IM Bill Paschall Grischuk Dominates Petrosian Memorial (middlegame, tactics)
The Reti Opening (1.Nf3) is becoming increasingly popular, both as a way of transposing to certain 1.d4 openings and to the English while trying to cut out some of Black’s options and as an opening in its own right. As a sort of public service to my beleaguered brethren, I offer what I hope will be a useful idea to those of you who face this opening and need some tools. Specifically, the …c4 pawn sac used in this game and in a companion game by the great Russian/German grandmaster Artur Yusupov gives Black a nice way to fight for the initiative, both strategically and tactically. Have a look, and be encouraged!
Wednesday, December 10 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Useful Idea Against the Reti (openings)
The Reti Opening (1.Nf3) is becoming increasingly popular, both as a way of transposing to certain 1.d4 openings and to the English while trying to cut out some of Black’s ptions and as an opening in its own right. As a sort of public service to my beleaguered brethren, I offer what I hope will be a useful idea to those of you who face this opening and need
some tools. Specifically, the …c4 pawn sac used in this game and in a companion game by the great Russian/German grandmaster Artur Yusupov gives Black a nice way to fight for the initiative, both strategically and tactically. Have a look, and be encouraged!
Thursday, December 11 GM Bryan Smith A Wild King’s Gambit (openings, tactics)
In the 2013 Tromso World Cup, Alexander Shimanov faced a must-win situation against Gata Kamsky. So he brought out the King’s Gambit, and hilarity commenced. Here we will see this exciting and dramatic game, along with some analysis of the King’s Gambit with 3.Bc4.
Friday, December 12 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Beating the Nimzowitsch Defense and Scandinavian Qa5 & Nc6 Variation (openings)
Punish the Nimzowitsch defense by transposing into a favorable Scandinavian, where the c6 knight is misplayed. Once you learn the tricky a3,Rb1,b4 plan — Black’s setup is virtually refuted!
Monday, December 1 IM Valeri Lilov Keeping the Potential (strategy, middlegame)
How to get a good position? Everybody knows that getting a good position isn’t so much of an issue. The problem comes when we try to keep or transform this position into something more. This process needs great delicacy and care, so we don’t end up losing our momentum. Learn how to do it successfully in IM Lilov’s new lecture!
Tuesday, December 2 IM Bill Paschall A Classic Piece Sacrifice in the Slav (openings, strategy)
Wednesday, December 3 FM Dennis M. Prophylactic Thinking in Practice (openings, tactics)
Getting into the habit of asking what one’s opponent’s idea is, and trying to prevent it when possible and useful to do so, is a crucial skill in chess. This habit of prophylactic thinking is a powerful weapon that can net a player lots of points, and it proves useful all the way up the food chain. This game is a nice illustration, and while it is marred by an error at one point, it is in general a very good example on the theme.
Thursday, December 4 GM Leonid Kritz An Easy Way to Play Against g3 System in King’s Indian (openings)
Friday, December 5 LM Dana Mackenzie Trading to Win (and Trading to Lose) (strategy, middlegame, endgame)
For many players, piece trades are a neutral event, something that doesn’t inherently favor one player or the other. This lecture encourages you to take a more nuanced view of piece trades. They can become an integral part of your strategy. In all positions you should think about what trades are possible, which ones might be favorable to you and which ones should be avoided. I give two examples from a recent tournament. In one of them I “traded to win,” and in the other my opponent “traded to lose.”
Monday, November 24 IM Valeri Lilov The Key of the Opening (openings, middlegame)
What makes an opening successful? This question has been asked by many chess players during the years. The truth is that there isn’t one absolute answer to it. Understanding the opening requires a solid knowledge of the essential principles behind a successful structure. Tune in for IM Lilov’s new lecture to learn more!
Tuesday, November 25 IM Bill Paschall Mamadyarov, Gelfand, and the Problem with the Benoni, Part 2 (openings, strategy)
Wednesday, November 26 FM Dennis Monokroussos Avant Garde Chess (openings)
Hungarian prodigy Richard Rapport is one of the most interesting players to watch nowadays, as he is not just immensely strong but a great attacking player who loves unusual openings. The Nimzo-Larsen (1.b3) is one of his pet lines, and in this game against a strong grandmaster opponent he is already winning after 11 moves and then finishes the game with a great sacrificial attack. Impressive, instructive and beautiful chess!
Thursday, November 27 GM Bryan Smith Giri Against Shirov in the Unive Festival (openings)
Young super-GM Anish Giri recently won a match against GM Alexei Shirov by a score of 4.5-1.5. Here we will see one of his more interesting victories from that match – a sharp Semi-Slav.
Friday, November 28 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Beating the Dutch with 1.Nf3! Part 2 (openings)
Black tries a more flexible approach against 1.Nf3 and 2.d3! setup with 2…d6. However, Grischuk executes similar plan in the center with a timely d4! push. Ponomariov seeks counter-play with …e4, but White still gets a big edge. Grischuk missed a strong idea to win a pawn with Qb5+ and Qxb7, but still played good moves to reach a comfortable middlegame. Watch and learn how to use these simple ideas in your own games.