March 4, 2014By Dawn Novarina
March 4, 2014By Susan Manley
Recommended for Intermediate – Advanced Players
Content: 2 hours and 51 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 6 lectures.
Learn to fight back dynamically with GM Friedel’s pet system against the Ruy Lopez. A clear explanation of the Archangel Defense for Black against the Ruy Lopez from a GM Practitioner.
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GM Josh Fridel achieved the National Master rating at age 13 and gained his IM title in August of 2005. His tournament victories are many, including the 2001 Pan Am Open, and the 2005 Queen City Open. Josh earned his first GM norm by winning the Berkeley Masters tournament in 2005. Josh became a Grandmaster in 2008 Josh continues to play in chess tournaments around the globe.
Six lectures professionally mastered by the publisher/ New in Box and just released!
March 3, 2014By Dawn Novarina
Monday, March 3 IM Valeri Lilov The Small Improvements (Strategy, Middlegame) We have always noticed how the great masters of past and present achieved significant improvements out of completely equal or even symmetrical positions. The secret of their mastery lies within the small adjustments that each master is able to apply at different stages of the game. Understanding how these improvements work can help tremendously one’s game and planning in many positions.
Tuesday, March 4 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Spectacular Queen Sac for Domination (Middlegame, Strategy) In a GM vs GM battle, White plays creatively to sacrifice a Queen for just two minor pieces and a pawn! Black seeks counter-play on the half-open file to keep the game balanced. Seeking more counter-play Black gives up the exchange, however White finds a beautiful way to breakthrough in the center and create a deadly attack. A masterpiece by GM Macieja!
Wednesday, March 5 FM Dennis Monokroussos Baadur’s Budapest Brilliancy (Middlegame, Strategy) Baadur Jobava didn’t win the Challengers event in this year’s Tata Steel chess festival, but he tied for second and played some brilliant games along the way. One of them came against pre-tournament favorite Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and as is usual for Jobava he chose a slightly offbeat opening for the occasion, the Budapest Defense. White generally plays 4.Bf4 (rather than 4.Nf3) when he wants a quiet life, but Jobava’s 4…g5 ensured a tense game. You might think that a 2700 player with the white pieces could keep everything under control, but nothing of the sort happened, and Jobava manhandled him in the middlegame. The game is a fine advert for the Budapest, and a useful reminder that practically all openings have their drop of poison when well-prepared.
Thursday, March 6 GM Leonid Kritz Sicilian 2….Nc6.3.Bb5: Rare Continuation by Black, Part 1(Openings, Strategy)
Friday, March 7 GM Bryan Smith The Best of Lone Pine, 1979: Part 1 (Openings) In the first part of this series on the 1979 Lone Pine Tournament, GM Bryan Smith looks at a sharp, attacking game in which IM John Grefe used a unique gambit.
February 24, 2014By Hal Bogner
February 24, 2014By Dawn Novarina
Feb 24, 2013 IM Valeri Lilov The Buildup (Intemediate, Strategy, Middlegame)
What is the secret behind a successful plan in the game of chess? The answer to this question is definitely complicated as there are many factors that matter.We have consistency, evaluation, calculation and many others which are key. Nevertheless, the most critical one is the Buildup. Understanding how to get the right buildup to our plan is often vital for its ultimate success.
Feb 25, 2013 LM Dana Mackenzie Double Vision: When Two Knights are Better than Two Bishops (Intermediate, Middlegame, Strategy)
Because bishops tend to be a little better than knights in a lot of positions, it’s natural to assume that two bishops would be much better than two knights. But this is not the case — in fact, two knights can sometimes dance circles around the bishops. Here, a bitterly fought game pits two knights against two bishops, in a position that first favored the knights, then favored the bishops, and then turned back in favor of the knights. I discuss the factors involved in evaluating such positions, such as outpost squares, forks (for the knights) and pins (for the bishops), and targets (for both pieces).
Feb 26, 2013 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Brilliancy vs. the Kan (Intermediate, Middlegame, Tactics)
Young Dutch star Benjamin Bok obtained his final grandmaster norm in this year’s Wijk aan Zee Challengers tournament, and with games like this it’s easy to see why. He unleashes a fearsome attacking masterpiece against the elite young Chinese GM Yu Yangyi, and in addition to the game’s being spectacular we can “borrow” Bok’s anti-Kan line for our own play.
Feb 27, 2013 GM Leonid Kritz Rare but Tricky Line in Spanish (Intermediate, Openings, Endgame)
The line chosen by my opponent surprised me a bit in this game. It looks like Black is doing a lot of strange moves, but surprisingly at the end all of them come together and make sense in an interesting variation. Also, the endgame is worth analyzing since it has many sub-variations that stayed behind the scene.
Feb 28, 2013 IM David Vigorito A Modern Miniature (Intermediate, Opening, Tactics)
Bartel plays an unusual but interesting move order as early as move 2 (!) and Giri chooses plays in romantic style sacrificing pawns left and right for an unstoppable initiative.