Studies in: Alekhine’s Defense
by The Masters of ChessLecture
Recommended for Beginner- Intermediate Players
With GM Eugene Perelshteyn, GM Bryan Smith, LM Dana Mackenzie, and IM Bill Paschall.
Alekhine’s Defense is a hypermodern chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. e4 Nf6 This bizarre defense introduced by the chess champion Alekhine and later practiced by Gruenfeld is the extreme in hypermodern openings because of its unbalanced nature provoking a weakness in White’s center pawns.
Members of ChessLecture.com rated this series a 4.16 out of 5 ECO B04, B03, B02 PGN included
Fans on Chesslecture.com said: Thanks for a great lecture. As always you give creative ideas in the opening plus an excellent mix of tactics.
Monday, November 17 IM Valeri Lilov Mastering Closed Positions
Understanding how to play closed positions has always been difficult for beginner and intermediate players. Playing these positions requires a few key principles, so that you can apply them as a part of your plan. Learn them from IM Lilov’s new video!
Tuesday, November 18 IM Bill Paschall Mamadyarov, Gelfand, and the Problem with the Benoni, Part 1
GM Mamadyarov illustrates the effectiveness of taking a player who is heavily reliant on theory out of their comfort zone. With white, by basicly losing a tempo, the tricky GM lures the well prepared Gelfand into a Benoni type of position. Gelfand seems completely out of his element. White slowly takes more and more space, while black flounders planlessly. This game goes to show that it is very important to play types of positions and structures that you feel comfortable with!
Wednesday, November 19 FM Dennis Monokroussos Attack like a Grandmaster
Alexander Kotov is best remembered nowadays for his book _Think Like a Grandmaster_ and a couple of the key concepts discussed therein: candidate moves and the tree of analysis. That’s not a bad legacy, but he was a great player in his own right, qualifying for the Candidates tournaments of 1950 and 1953 and winning the 1952 Interzonal (the qualifying event for the next year’s Candidates) by a huge margin. In this game he blows Paul Keres off the board in amazing style, and as his brilliant idea is not too far out of the opening (and has been repeated) this game has additional value as a kind of opening trap. Certainly Nimzo-Indian players who meet the Saemisch with 5…Nc6 will want to be very careful not to follow too far in Keres’ footsteps.
Thursday, November 20 GM Bryan Smith Short Strikes in the Benoni
Former world championship challenger Nigel Short recently won the Isle of Man Open. Here we look at one of his crucial games, an eighth-round win as black in the Benoni, where Short takes on one of White’s most insidious systems.
Friday, November 21 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Beating the Dutch with 1.Nf3! Part 1
This rare system against the Dutch 1.Nf3 and 2.d3! is a great surprise weapon. Watch how the World Champion Magnus Carlsen completely outplays his GM opponent using the simple strategic concept: timely d4! followed by the trade of light-square bishops to guarantee White a stable positional edge.
Concise Alekhine Crushes
by IM Bill Paschall
Recommended for Intermediate Players More
Presented by International Master Bill Paschall for ChessLecture.com
Alexander Alekhine a Russian World Chess Champion is often considered one of the greatest chess players ever. He became the fourth World Chess Champion by defeating José Raúl Capablanca, who was widely considered invincible. Alekhine is known for his fierce and imaginative attacking style, combined with great positional and endgame skill.
Here Bill shows us four of Alekhine’s stunning games.
Content:1 hour and 56 minutes of chess theory and discussion, with example games, over a series of 4 lectures.
ECO: D28, D66, D06, D05 PGN included
Members of ChessLecture.com rated this series a 4.0 out of 5
Fans on ChessLecture.com said: Nice game! Great Lecture Bill!!
IM Bill Paschall: currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-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, November 10 IM Valeri Lilov Positional Supremacy – Part I
Who wants to know how to play good positional chess? Many chess players are trying to learn the secrets of playing with a plan and improving their evaluation skills. The only way for us to learn the secrets of positional chess is by studying how the great masters do it and follow their ideas!
Tuesday, November 11 IM Bill Paschall A Tense Battle from Baku
Wednesday, November 12 FM Dennis Monokroussos Carlsen and the Cambridge Springs, Part 2: Carlsen Wins with White
Having pointed the way for Black in the Cambridge Springs in Part 1, now we see Magnus Carlsen put a fresh idea to work on White’s behalf in this later game. Thanks in part to the 11.Be2 finesse and to his managing to keep the c-file closed, White was able to build on the kingside without allowing his opponent any real counterplay. White kept control throughout the middlegame, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s desperate bid for counterplay wasn’t enough to save the game.
Thursday, November 13 GM Leonid Kritz How to Convert a Minimal Advantage into A Full Point
A truly brilliant idea of Caruana to exchange his “good” bishop in 19. move is fascinating and may overturn the theory of this popular line in French. For a while it looks like Black is creating a dangerous attack against white king, but actually Black is almost helpless – White puts his pieces so that all threats are eliminated, and afterwards starts his own attack that he completes in few moves. One of the most interesting ideas I have seen during the last period!
Friday, November 14 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Learning Strategy and Prophylactic Thinking from the Best! Part 2: Learn from Dolmatov
Dvoretsky’s student Dolmatov shows us how to win a strategic battle in the most common e4-e5 pawn formation from the Ruy Lopez/Italian game. Dolmatov is one step ahead of his opponent due to the prophylactic thinking that he employs after every move. Pay attention to how he masterfully switches over to the Q-side and plays on the whole board!
Monday, November 3 IM Valeri Lilov Speed vs. Quality (openings, middlegame)
Which one is more important? Quick or quality development? This is a question that many people always ask themselves when it comes to preparing their attack or just completing the development. Find out the answer in IM Lilov’s new lecture!
Tuesday, November 4 IM Bill Paschall Ponomariov Gets Trendy against the Najdorf (middlegame)
In this game from the Bilbao 2014 tournament in Spain, GM Ruslan Ponomariov plays the super-trendy 6.h3 in the Najdorf.GM Paco Vallejo, perhaps trying to defend too actively, breaks with classical principles by opening on the kingside and leaving his king in the center. Black has problems with both his king and his king’s rook, which becomes active but exposed early. Ponomariov plays brilliantly to exploit the position for tactics based on the exposed positioning of the enemy king and rook. )
Wednesday, November 5 FM Dennis Monokroussos Carlsen and the Cambridge Springs, Part 1 Carlsen wins with Black (openings, tactics)
At first glance the Cambridge Springs Variation looks like it should be fantastic for White, thanks to his potential for a big center and kingside attacking play. But Black has his trumps too, less obvious though they may be, and in this game we see Magnus Carlsen show the effectiveness of Black’s queenside counterplay. Boris Gelfand’s kingside attack never got started, and in the end all he could do was try to scrap for a draw – a hope that went by the wayside on the last move of the time control.
Thursday, November 6 LM Dana Mackenzie Winning With Jedi Mind Tricks, Episode 2 (strategy)
It is very difficult for humans to defend a closed position where their opponent has all the attacking chances, even if the computer says that the position is OK. The pressure of constantly having to defend can lead to psychological mistakes, such as: getting into time trouble, getting locked into a defensive mindset, overlooking opportunities for counterplay, and impatiently opening the position just to get the torture over with. All of these “Jedi mind tricks” come into play into today’s game.
Friday, November 7 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Learning Strategy and Prophylactic Thinking from the Best! Part 1: Learn from Dvoretsky (strategy, openings)
Learn from the best! Enjoy this strategic masterpiece from Dvoretsky and pay attention on how White uses “prophylactic thinking” to execute his plan while stopping his opponent’s plan. White makes it look easy!