New Chess Videos for June 29 – July 3

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Monday, June 29 IM Valeri Lilov Carlsen’s Mastery  (middlegame)
Many players wonder what is the secret of Carlsen’s success in his games. In his newest lecture, IM Lilov will try to uncover some of the key ideas the world champion is using to win his games!

Tuesday, June 30 IM Bill Paschall Miles on Hypermodernism, Part 3  (openings, tactics)
Miles stuns Karpov by playing the St.George Defense , 1…a6 . Karpov achieves a slight advantage in the opening, but slightly overextends himself. Instead of playing to consolidate, and equalize, Karpov gets tempted by a risky and unsound plan which leaves him uncoordinated. White must surrender the bishop pair and black gains a serious advantage. Eventually, Miles wins a pawn and then another and despite the presence of opposite colored bishops on board, his advantage is decisive. Yet another example of the dangers of overextending yourself when facing hypermodern systems against a strong counterattacking player.

Wednesday, July 1 FM Dennis M. Great Tragedies in Chess History, Part 4  (openings, tactics) 
Hastings 1895 was Harry Nelson Pillsbury’s breakout tournament, the first and greatest success of his short career. The tournament was a Who’s Who of the top players of the era: new world champion Emanuel Lasker played, the just defeated Wilhelm Steinitz participated, two-time challenger Mikhail Chigorin, Siegbert Tarrasch, future challenger Carl Schlechter and many other stars of the time as well. Pillsbury’s accomplishment was great, but many forget that he was helped mightily by a couple of terrible failures by his main competitors in the penultimate round. At that point Chigorin was leading, with Lasker and Pillsbury half a point behind. Lasker had White against Blackburne, and after achieving a great position from the opening played rather poorly, and Blackburne outplayed him rather badly. Chigorin also had White, against Janowski, and his play was shockingly bad – probably one of the worst games ever played by an elite player still at or near the top of his form. We’ll have a look at these two shocking games in this video.

Thursday, July 2 GM Eugene P. Battle vs the Youngest Female Master in the Country! (middlegame, tactics)
In this battle of Youth vs Experience, young Carrisa proves a worthy challenger. In complex King’s Indian position she comes up with interesting tactical ideas to keep the tension. The game is very instructive of the tactics behind the scenes!

Friday, July 3 GM Bryan Smith The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer, Part 7  (openings)
In this 1970 game against Svetozar Gligoric from the pinnacle of his career, Fischer gave a great demonstration of the “Spanish torture”.

New Chess Videos for June 22-26

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Monday, June 22  IM Valeri Lilov The Key of Opened Positions (strategy) 
Playing opened positions is tricky because of the multiple attacks and different threats that exist for each side on a regular basis. Check IM Lilov’s new video to learn a few tricks to outplay your opponent!

Tuesday, June 23  IM Bill Paschall Miles on Hypermodernism, Part 2 (openings)
Miles lures the solid Farago into unfamiliar territory. The English Defense was pioneered by Miles and other English grandmasters during the 1970’s. In this example, white makes too many pawn moves and slowly becomes overextended and weakened on the long diagonal h1-a8. Also of note is the relative weakening of the white king’s position. This game is a textbook hypermodern win for black. The endgame technique is simple and accurate ; as was the standard for GM Miles.

Wednesday, June 24  FM Dennis M. Great Tragedies in Chess History, Part 3 (openings)
Paul Keres was one of the greatest players never to become world champion. Four times he came in second in Candidates’ tournaments (in 1953, 1956, 1959 and 1962), and in 1962 he was heart-breakingly close, finishing just half a point behind Tigran Petrosian. Tied for first entering the penultimate round Keres faced Pal Benko, whom he had defeated seven times in a row. Seemingly a perfect setup, but…you can guess what happened. He had good chances to win in the last round as well, against the young Bobby Fischer, which would have brought him into a tie for first with Petrosian and a subsequent playoff. As we’ll see, it was not to be.

Thursday, June 25  IM David Vigorito And Now for Something Completely Different  (openings, middlegame)
In this lecture we take a look at what is practically a brand new opening system. It is part English Opening, part King’s Indian, and part Queen’s Indian! Black can easily add this system to an existing repertoire, at least as a surprise weapon.

Friday, June 26  GM Bryan Smith The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer, Part 6
As black in a 1966 game against Jan Hein Donner, Fischer showed that even such a complex and dangerous opening as the King’s Indian Defense can be played in a clear and simple way.

New DVD Studies in: The Budapest Gambit

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Studies in: The Budapest Gambit

By GM Eugene Perelshteyn and FM Dennis Monokroussos

Studies in The Budapest Gambit F

Recommended for Intermediate Players

Presented by International Grand Master Eugene Perelshteyn and FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussous for

The Budapest Gambit (or Budapest Defense) begins with the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2. C4 e5  The Budapest Gambit contains several specific strategic themes. In numerous variations the move c4–c5 allows White to gain space and to open prospects for his light square bishop For Black, the check Bf8–b4+ often allows rapid development.

Once used by Vidmar to beat Rubinstein convincingly in just 24 moves.

Content: 90 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with examples over a series of 4 lectures.

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Fans on said: Excellent lecture, thanks. It’s great to have games covering openings popular at club level. 

GM Eugene Perelshtyen earned his third GM norm after sharing first place in the 2006 Foxwoods Open, giving him the official GM title. He won the Samford Chess Fellowship in 2002, an award that amounts to $64,000, which is awarded to the top American player under 25 years old. Eugene also led the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to several Pan American championships from 1998-2002. Eugene also won the highly prestigious US Junior Championship in 2000. Eugene recently co-authored the books Chess Openings for Black, Explained and Chess Openings for White, Explained.

FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3 time Nevada State Champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. Dennis has taught philosophy at several universities including the University of Notre Dame. Dennis currently works as a chess coach for both children and adults both in person and over the internet. He can be contacted through his blog.

New Chess Videos for June 15-19

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Monday, June 15  IM Valeri Lilov Winning with the Moeller (openings, middlegame)
Playing the Ruy Lopez as black can be painful. One of the reasons is the passive and defensive position that black is getting. Here comes the Moeller system! This is an exciting new approach used by top GMs to counter white’s grip!

Tuesday, June 16  IM Bill Paschall Miles on Hypermodernism Part 1 (middlegame, tactics)
Employing a Reti Opening, GM Miles reaches a position from the Benoni in reverse. Black allows Miles to exchange the white “Benoni” bishop on the long diagonal,which normally would benefit black, but begins to suffer from weakened white squares , most notably f5, as a result. Geller’s counterplay on the queenside reaches a dead end as Miles establishes a space advantage and attacking chances on the kingside. Finally, in a difficult position, Geller grabs a poisoned pawn and the resulting attack is decisive. Black is unable to create a fortress in the ending with rook and knight versus queen.

Wednesday, June 17  FM Dennis M. Great Tragedies in Chess History, Part 2 (endgame)
In 1951 David Bronstein led his world championship match with Mikhail Botvinnik by one game with two games to go. As champion, Botvinnik had draw odds for the match, so Bronstein needed to maintain his lead. Botvinnik had White in game 23 (of 24), and this was essentially his last chance to equalize the scores. Bronstein had things under control for quite a while, but bit by bit, almost inexplicably, he succumbed to the pressure and lost the game, something that seemed to haunt him for the rest of his life, for more than 50 years. We’ll have a look at that game, and we’ll also see that he had an interesting chance in game 24 as well, when he  uncharacteristically played it safe rather than going for a very promising attacking option. Stress can overwhelm even the greatest of players, and that’s what happened to Bronstein, who finished with a drawn match and no champion’s title.

Thursday, June 18  GM Eugene P. Instructive game in the French Tarrasch: How to play vs the IQP (openings, strategy)
In a standard French Tarrasch Defense, White tries to exploit the IQP using the typical strategy of blockade and trade of the dark square bishops. However, the game quickly becomes sharp as White sacrifices a pawn for initiative. The ideas of domination and zugzwang are quite instructive!

Friday, June 19  GM Bryan Smith The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer, Part 5 (strategy)
In the midst of his magical 11-0 run in the 1963 U.S. Championship, Fischer routed his strong opponent, William Addison, with the black pieces, using some very instructive positional and strategic themes.

New Chess Videos for June 8 – 12

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Monday, June 8  IM Valeri Lilov Opposite Castle Attacks  (strategy, middlegame) 
In this video, IM Lilov shows us the keys to being more successful when attacking an opposite castled king.

Tuesday, June 9 IM Bill Paschall Keres Plays Black – Part 5  (strategy, tactics)
Keres plays a solid setup against The Torre/Trompowski formation. With black, he gains the bishop pair but must leave his king in the center in an imbalanced position. Black is able to create a strong counterattack despite the improvisation regarding his king position. The win comes for Black as he converts his sacrificial attack to a winning endgame with a strong combination of powerful pawns, king position, and coordination.

Wednesday, June 10  IM David Vigorito Basic K+P Endings: Pawns that Protect Themselves (endgame)
In this lecture we look at some principals of King and pawn endings where pawns are able to ‘protect themselves’. Even though K+P endings are basic in nature, they are often more complicated than they appear. This lecture shows some concepts than can help players determine when to transpose into this endgame.

Thursday, June 11  GM Eugene Perelshteyn  The Power of Two Bishops: Domination in the Endgame  (endgame, strategy) 
Watch and learn from the best! Kramnik masterfully outplays a strong GM with an elegant exchange sacrifice for the power of two bishops. Then he gradually improves his position and wins easily using the concept of domination.

Friday, June 12  GM Bryan Smith  The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer, Part 4  (openings)
In this game against a well-known theoretician, Fischer defended against the queen pawn opening with the Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Quickly he reached an ideal setup with pressure on the white center, and when Berliner made some positional concessions, Fischer guided the game to a winning endgame by some nice maneuvers.