Monday, June 27 IM David Vigorito Shocking Sacrifice Befuddles Computers (tactics)
This was one of my strangest games ever. My opponent played a somewhat dubious opening. My position looked better (to both human eyes and computers), but my opponent came up with an amazing idea. Almost everything went wrong for me in this tournament, so it felt a bit unlucky, but I must give my opponent credit for such creativity!
Tuesday, June 28 IM Bill Paschall Fighting Chess From the European Championship (openings, endgame)
Black holds the balance in a sharp line of the exchange Grunfeld where white employed the offbeat 8.h3. Setting up an ideal double fianchetto formation, Piorun, one of Poland’s top young players; finds his way with creative idea of 13..Qe8 and the active 15…f6. White should be able to hold the balance, but falters after black finds a powerful combination with the original 22…Rxc4 ! Black allows an exchange of queens, but gains a slight initiative without any risk. Although the ending was tenable, white misses his chances and black converts a full point.
Wednesday, June 29 FM Dennis Monokroussos How to Attack Like a Kid at (Almost) 80 (strategy)
Nearly 80 years old at the time of this game, Viktor Korchnoi defeated Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces – and how! Caruana didn’t blunder anything, or fall into some sort of opening trap, or get slowly outplayed in a “boring” position due to his opponent’s many decades of experience. Nor was this Korchnoi defeating Caruana when he was but a tyke; Caruana was already over 2700 at the time of this game. Instead, Korchnoi played aggressive, energetic chess, flinging his pawns at his opponent’s kingside and defeating him with a direct attack. It’s easy to play this sort of chess when one is young (though playing this well is another matter), but one would never know to look at the game that Black was 61 years older than his opponent. It’s almost preposterous, but this is an illustration of what an incredible player the chess world has just lost.
Thursday, June 30 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Lesson From My Komodo Match, Part 3: Be Alert, No Matter How Safe Your Position Is (endgame, strategy)
GM Perelshteyn takes on best chess engine in the world, Komodo, in game 3 of the Handicap match. The opening goes great for White, as GM Perelshteyn retains the pawn with a comfortable position. It looks like White has no risk of losing, right? Well, see what happens in a few moves after only one mistake by White… The engine shows amazing endgame technique!
Friday, July 1 GM Bryan Smith A Repetoire Against the Modern With 4.Be3, Part2 (openings, tactics)
Besides 4…a6, Black has a much older and more solid option, 4…c6. Nevertheless, with calm positional play White can put series pressure on the opponent. In this video, we see how.
Recommended for Intermediate Players
Presented by International Master Bill Paschall for ChessLecture.com
Anthony John Miles (23 April 1955 – 12 November 2001) was an English chess Grandmaster, the first Englishman to earn the Grandmaster title in over-the-board play. Miles was very influential in modern chess. His creativity in the openings was legendary his creativity in general was legendary. He was the first really great English chess master. He did leave a large amount of quality material and he definitely leaned toward hypermodern chess. Miles liked to play the Dragon, reverse Sicilian type games with white. He was masterful with the English.
In this DVD Bill explores 5 of Miles amazing games in Hypermodern lines.
Content: 2.5 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures.
ECO: E14, A40, B00, E13
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Fans on Chesslecture.com said: I like the way Miles played in the spirit of hypermodern play with his bishops fighting for control of the center! Very well explained. Thanks Bill!
IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Three-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM’s in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.
Monday, June 20 GM Nadya Kosintseva An Introduction to the Isolated Queen Pawn (strategy)
Isolated pawns: are they a weakness or a strength? In this lecture, we will discuss different strategies for the side that has the isolated pawn as well as for the side that plays against the isolated pawn. You will see some typical examples how to develop an initiative, transferring the static weakness of the isolated pawn into a dynamic strength. On another side, you will learn how to reduce the dynamic elements and what exchanges are favorable or unfavorable for both sides.
Tuesday, June 21 IM Bill Paschall Young Guns at the Polish Championship 2016, Part 3 (middlegame, tactics)
White plays the popular Short variation of the advance Caro-Kann. Black uses a slow and weakening plan on the kingside with 7..h6 and 8…g5. The black king is not entirely safe despite the bishop on g7 and White exploits the situation with the logical plan 10.Ne1 and the thematic pawn break 12.f4 . White is able to migrate his pieces to the kingside and a combinational breakthrough is executed in short order. It seems that this game casts serious doubt on Black’s unusual setup. Perhaps an early c5 for Black, recently played by Navara, is still Black’s most thematic and best chance.
Wednesday, June 22 FM Dennis Monokroussos A ‘Rauzing’ Success in the d3 Ruy (openings, tactics)
White is playing d3 in all sorts of Ruy Lopez variations nowadays, typically to avoid the Berlin endgame (4.d3 vs. 3…Nf6) and the Marshall Gambit (with d3 being played on move 6, or sometimes on move 5 to avoid the Open Ruy as well). But this is not a modern invention; players have been using this more restrained system for many years, going all the way back to at least Wilhelm Steinitz. In today’s game, we’ll see it used as an anti-Breyer weapon by the late great Leonid Stein, one of the strongest (and unluckiest) chess players of the 1960s and ’70s. Oddly, his opponent, Larry Evans, turns the game into a Chigorin, and then odder still played …d5 and …dxe4, which meant that he in effect executed the Rauzer plan against himself! (The Rauzer plan occurs when White plays dxc5 – or dxe5 – in a traditional Closed Ruy structure with pawns on c3, d4, and e4 vs. pawns on c5, d6, and e5. The idea is to create a permanent hole on d5, in the hopes of exploiting it with a well-timed Nd5.) Of course White isn’t just winning by virtue of enacting the Rauzer plan, but it can be dangerous for Black – as we’ll see in this game. Stein wins in style, finishing with some nice sacs and tactical tricks.
Thursday, June 23 IM Valeri Lilov Piece Activity Domination (strategy, middlegame)
Everyone knows that piece activity means to have your pieces more advanced and controlling. Unfortunately, achieving that can prove much more difficult. The best way to learn how piece activity works is to study the great grandmaster games and their unique approach to dominating with their pieces. Follow IM Lilov’s lecture to learn more about piece activity and power play!
Friday, June 24 GM Bryan Smith A Repetoire Against the Modern With 4.Be3, Part1 (openings)
The Pirc and Modern are cousins. In this series (related to “A Repertoire Against the Pirc with 4.Be3”), GM Bryan Smith shows how the same system can be used against the Modern Defense. In this first part, we will see how to meet the fashionable but quite risky 4…a6.
Monday, June 13 IM Valeri Lilov How to Play Endgames Better (endgame)
Endgames are always challenging as there is very small amount of attacks and little to no tactics that actually work. Nevertheless, there are some other aspects which could make playing endgames a unique and brilliant experience. Listen to this video to learn more!
Tuesday, June 14 IM Bill Paschall Young Guns at the Polish Championship 2016, Part 2 (middlegame, strategy)
Overall, the following game is a masterful positional game by the rising star Wojtaszek. Black took chances playing very aggressively with the plan of Re8, Bf8 and later the very risky Nh5 idea. Black missed some tactical opportunities, and that is the problem, because as a human it is difficult to play sharp positions perfectly. Although perhaps somewhat lucky black missed his chances; Wojtaszek played strategically throughout. White created a powerful passed pawn on the queenside and balanced this with defensive moves on the other flank. The stronger player comes out on top as black’s counterplay never materialized
Wednesday, June 15 IM David Vigorito Upending a Strong GM in the Midst of Bad Tournament (middlegame)
In the middle of an awful tournament, I manage to beat a strong grandmaster. I had a pessimistic attitude during the game, but if you try hard and calculate, upsets are always possible.
Thursday, June 16 GM Leonid Kritz A Duel Between Two World Champions (endgame, tactics)
A very good game played by Hou Yifan against the world’s strongest chess player! Even though she lost, the position was equal almost until very end. All Hou needed was to keep the queens on board and not to enter this “drawn” pawn endgame that turned out to be lost. This game showed once again, by the way, that there is no real weapon against the Petroff Defense today. Carlsen choose the unambitious line 5.Nc3 and did not get any advantage after the opening. All Black needed was to keep concentration until the end, which Hou unfortunately did not do. But maybe next time..
Friday, June 17 GM Bryan Smith A Repetoire Against the Pirc With 4.Be3, Part2 (openings)
In the second part of his series on meeting the Pirc with 4.Be3, GM Smith shows how to meet 4…c6 with the sneaky move 5.h3
Monday, June 6 IM Valeri Lilov How To Defeat A World Champion (middlegame)
How do you beat the strongest player in the world? This is a question that not so many people take seriously. Of course we have the Rocky movies and many other inspiring stories, but defeating a much stronger opponent has always been a challenge. Check IM Lilov’s lecture to discover the answers to this intriguing topic!
Tuesday, June 7 IM Bill Paschall Young Guns at the Polish Championship 2016, Part 2 (middlegame,strategy)
Two of the top young stars of the Polish chess scene go head to head in a very theoretical variation of the Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5. Black chose to avoid playing e6 in the opening and must tread a narrow path. Duda makes a tiny slip with 18…Rg8 instead of 18…Rf8 and he is left on the defensive. White gains a vital tempo and is able to switch from a direct attack to an endgame where he has a powerful passed pawn. The position proves too difficult for black to hold.
Wednesday, June 8 FM Dennis Monokroussos The King is Dead; Long Live the King (openings)
Fabiano Caruana is the 2016 U.S. Chess Champion, finishing a point ahead of defending champion Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So. Although the following game was played early in the event (in round 4, of 11), it wound up providingthe margin of victory for the new champ. The game was a Najdorf Sicilian, and although that is perhaps the single most analyzed variation in all of chess, players are finding new avenues in it all the time, and by move 9 a new position had been reached. Nakamura isa great improviser, but on this occasion it was Caruana who did a better job navigating the unusual situation, and he outplayed his opponent both strategically and tactically. An impressive win for the #1 player in the United States and the #2 player in the world.
Thursday, June 9 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Lesson From My Komodo Match, Part 2: Trust Your Intuition! (strategy, tactics)
In the second Handicap match vs Komodo, the starting position is 1.e4 e6 2.d5 Ke7?? Can a Grandmaster punish the engine? Yes, the lesson is trust your intuition! But is it enough for a win? Watch and learn amazing defensive move that only computer can play…
Friday, June 10 GM Bryan Smith A Repetoire Against the Pirc With 4.Be3, Part 1 (tactics)
In his series on meeting the Pirc with 4.Be3, GM Bryan Smith shows how White can meet Black’s flexible play with his own flexibility. The first part deals with the lines where Black plays 4…Bg7, rather than delaying the development of the bishop.