New Chess Videos for September 15 – 19

September 15, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, September 15 IM Valeri Lilov Smyslov’s Endgame (strategy, endgame)
Vassily Smyslov was one of the greatest chess players of all time. He was also popular for his magnificent endgame technique and brilliant understanding of quiet positions. Let us learn from one of the greatest endgame players of all time!

Tuesday, September 16 IM Bill Paschall  A Nimzovichian Struggle from the 2014 Olympiad (openings, middlegame, strategy)
GM Bruzon gives another dazzling positional performance a la Nimzovich. This Sicilian has the flavor of a French and any master with an appreciation for blockade and the fundamental Nimzovichian principles will be happy that the tradition lives on with some younger masters of the 21st century!

Wednesday, September 17 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Wild King’s Indian at the Tromso Olympiad (tactics, endgame)
Last time we looked at some miniatures from the Tromso Olympiad, games in which things went terribly wrong for one side or the other. This time we’ll take a look at some of the best chess on the planet, a battle between two of the best players of our time slugging it out in a wild battle. There are sacrifices and combinations and traps and all manner of complicated tactics, and when the battle finally resolves into an endgame it too is sharp and full of interesting moments. The game wasn’t perfect, but it was well-played and enormously entertaining. See for yourself!

Thursday, September 18 GM Leonid Kritz Storm of Exotic Ideas (tactics, endgame)
This is a game that has a lot of cool ideas in it, starting from the very beginning. The rook endgame is a good example for everybody to study because it looked like Ivanchuk was pretty easily winning by bringing his rook behind the a-pawn, but then he missed this opportunity and ended up sharing the point.

Friday, September 19 IM David Vigorito On the Road Again Part 1 (openings, endgames, tactics)

New DVD Opening Trends: The Russian Gruenfeld and Anti-Gruenfeld by IM David Vigorito

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Opening Trends: The Russian Gruenfeld and Anti-Gruenfeld

by IM David Vigorito

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Opening Trends is an exciting series where IM David Vigorito examines how tournament chess is changing, nuances in the game are coming into play and exciting trends are being set.

In this DVD David analyzes the Gruenfeld which he considers is reaching its height of popularity. David examples a popular line the Russian Gruenfeld and the Anti-Gruenfeld where white plays F3 on move 3.

Content: 1 hour of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures.

Members of ChessLecture.com rated this series a 4.37 out of 5  

ECO D98, D97, D70           PGN included

IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Massachusetts Champion and has been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. USCF rated at 2479, David was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. David is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian is very well received by critics and players alike.

 

New Chess Videos for September 8 – 12

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, September 8 IM Valeri Lilov Typical Mistakes in the Attack (openings, middlegame)
Often chess players need to follow an attack. The problem is that they make mistakes and often get confused on how to balance the positional preparation and tactical combinations. Learn how to plan your attacks better in this lecture!

Tuesday, September 9 IM Bill Paschall Bolt from the Blue in the Sicilian (openings, tactics)
GM Jobava plays a very rare variation of the Sicilian against the well prepared GM Sutovsky. Jobava plays the unnatural retreat 8…Be6, instead of the normal move 8…e6 which would leave white with a small but lasting advantage. In the game, black’s development is hampered and he falls victim to a sacrificial shot 17. Nd6+ !! The attack that follows hinges on Sutovsky’s followup idea of 19. e6 !! which was surely overlooked by Black!

Wednesday, September 10 FM Dennis Monokroussos Olympic Miniatures (tactics)
The Chess Olympics brings together practically all of the world’s best players every two years, and many more grandmasters besides. Some fantastic chess is played there, but with so many players involved – including a fair number of amateurs as well, representing countries with nascent chess programs – some short and even embarrassing games are played as well. This time around we’ll take a look at three very short games, averaging a total of 12 moves each. The games are amusing, yes, and can cheer us up when we remember our own foibles, but they are also instructive. Have a look, and let’s learn from others’ errors and not just our own.

Thursday, September 11 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Learning Patient Position Play from a Youngster! (middlegame, tactics)
White chooses a solid Exchange Slav in order to outplay his younger opponent using position nuances. However, the youngster shows patience and positional understanding beyond his age! Watch and learn how Black finds all the best defensive moves and then goes on the offensive. White has to scramble and find a creative way to draw.

Friday, September 12 GM Bryan Smith A Complicated Endgame by Alekhine (endgame)
In this video, GM Bryan Smith shows a game between Alekhine and Tartakower, where we encounter both psychological considerations involving playing with a stronger or weaker opponent as well as some intricate and brilliant calculation.

New DVD Studies in: The Caro-Kann Defense by IM David Vigorito

August 26, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Studies in: The Caro-Kann Defense by IM David Vigorito

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Content: 2.5 hours of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures.

The Caro-Kann is a solid defense against e4. This opening has seen steady growth in popularity in recent years. Employed by such greats such as Kasparov and Karpov.

Here David examines some sharp and some simple lines as well as a game where he was beaten in the Caro-Kann.

Members of ChessLecture.com rated this series a 4.43 out of 5     ECO B12, B13, B19   PGN included

Fans on Chesslecture.com said: your lectures are always well analyzed and you manage to explain the games very comprehensibly

IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Massachusetts Champion and has been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. USCF rated at 2479, David was the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. David is a successful chess author – his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian is very well received by critics and players alike.

 

New Chess Videos for August 25 – 29

August 25, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, August 25 IM Valeri Lilov Kramnik’s Endgame Superiority (strategy, endgame)
Most chess players have heard about the brilliant positional and endgame technique of the 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. What was his secret? Following the right principles or planning? Learn more in IM Valeri Lilov’s lecture!

Tuesday, August 26 IM David Vigorito Winning Ugly Openings (openings, tactics)
In this game I get a big advantage against a master and promptly hang a whole piece! The game is instructive however as I consider the psychology of both my and my opponent’s situation. Eventually I build up so much compensation that even the computer favors White with a piece less even though there are no immediate threats.

Wednesday, August 27 FM Dennis Monokroussos Knight of the Living Dead
Just because a piece is on the board doesn’t mean it’s useful, and in this noteworthy game by chess legend Garry Kasparov it is Alexei Shirov’s knight on b7 that becomes an exemplar of the living dead. It’s still on the board, but it is so cut off from the action that it’s only slightly more functional than a captured piece. Ironically, Shirov’s first attempt to bring it back into the action (or rather, to start doing so) wound up giving White a winning edge, though Black was on the precipice already. Kasparov’s idea was a great one both in its particulars and as a general idea, one that we ought to keep in mind for ourselves. Sometimes the best thing we can do is not something positive for our own pieces, but something “negative”; namely, keeping the enemy pieces shut out of the game.

Thursday, August 28 LM Dana Mackenzie Checkmate in the Endgame, Part 1 (endgame)
Checkmate comes up surprisingly often as a theme in complex (i.e., multi-piece or queen) endgames. Usually it is not an end in itself, as in the middle game, but a strategic device that is used to force concessions from the opponent. In this exquisite example, Alexei Shirov sacrifices three pawns (even four in one variation!) to create piece activity and mate threats. This game also shows that when you have an active king versus your opponent’s passive king, it can almost be like having an extra piece

Friday, August 29 GM Bryan Smith How the Closed Position Opens (middlegame, strategy, endgame)
In this middlegame video, GM Bryan Smith shows how to calculate and evaluate the various ways of opening up a closed position – one of the fundamental skills of play in the middlegame.