Monday, October 27 IM Valeri Lilov Mastering the Opened Positions (strategy)
Understanding how to play opened positions has always been a prerogative for beginner and intermediate players. Learning these positions requires knowing a few key principles, so that you can apply them as a part of the plan. Come learn them from IM Lilov in this lecture!
Tuesday, October 28 IM Bill Paschall Sealer Sweeper a la Gelfand
Gelfand faces a rare variation of the Queen’s Indian with an early c5… for black. Instead of the standard plan with d5 and Nh4, he employs a different pawn sacrifice for which his opponent was unprepared. In the middlegame we see white with a clear superiority in the center. Gelfand illustrates the classic sealer sweeper pawn sacrifice with e4-e5 and then f5 ! Black’s kingside dark-squared weaknesses are telling and white crashes through with a mating attack.
Wednesday, October 29 FM Dennis Monokroussos When Hackers Meet (openings, tactics)
Emil Sutovsky and Julian Hodgson are both known as creative attackers who love to sacrifice material, so one would expect their games to be battles royale. That’s certainly the case here, and on this occasion it was Sutovsky who was on song. (A little pun – Sutovsky is known to be an outstanding singer as well as a chess player!) It’s a great game, and many of you may find the opening of interest as well as a way for White to enjoy the sharpness of the Open Sicilian without having to dive into as much theory as you might find in the main lines.
Thursday, October 30 GM Leonid Kritz Sicilian Paulsen e6-a6-Bc5-Be7 (openings)
This is another very popular opening for black. One of its advantages is that there are many different move orders black can choose to get white go in the wrong direction. The best way to play against it is certainly to provoke g6 by playing Qg4! Afterwards, white goes back with the queen and plays standard hedgehog position with the additional weakness of square h6. The position offers both players great chances to play for win.
Friday, October 31 GM Bryan Smith A Fascinating Endgame from the Match of the Century (endgame, tactics)
GM Bryan Smith examines the dramatic thirteenth game of the 1972 World Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Here we see how both players navigate a treacherous and unusual ending, full of twists and turns.”
Studies on The Middlegame
Recommended for Intermediate – Advanced Players More
Content: 1.5 of instruction and analysis in a series of 4 lectures.
Large material gains can end a game while it is still in the Middlegame. Here GM Kraai and GM Perelshteyn explore middle game decision making and planning to shape the end game with their own games as example.
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ECO E32, A48, D31, D30 PGN included
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Monday, October 20 IM Valeri Lilov Dynamic Factors by Morozevich (middlegame)
While we can certainly say that positional chess and planning is critical, many games are lost when the game becomes more tactical or complex. Check out IM Lilov’s latest video to learn how to handle these positions successfully!
Tuesday, October 21 IM Bill Paschall Moro Imitates Steinitz (middlegame, strategy)
Best known perhaps as the modern Chigorin, Alexander Morozevich this time imitates one of the greatest masters of all time, the former World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz. We see the similarity here on two levels. Firstly, Moro’s choice of the Cozio Defense, which is distinctly early 19th century, and would no doubt appeal to Steinitz, who made a living playing solid but rather stodgy defenses to the Ruy Lopez. Secondly, we see Morozevich display his understanding of the value of the bishop pair in a position when it opens up. Steinitz also had a strong predilection for the bishop pair. This game sees the black bishops show incredible power in the middlegame and ending. All this somewhat ironic , as Morozevich initially burst on the scene with a great love for closed positions and the pair of knights! The modern Morozevich is very in tune with the spirit of Steinitz!
Wednesday, October 22 FM Dennis Monokroussos The Furious Attacking Reti?! (opening, tactics)
The Reti Opening isn’t exactly synonymous with ferocious attacking play, but chess is a complicated game! Just one little spark can be enough to set the board on fire, especially when a brilliant tactician and attacker like Alexander Grischuk is involved. In this recent game from the European Club Cup Grischuk seizes the initiative early, and with 12.f3 and 13.Rxf3 commits himself fully to the attack. His opponent, Maxim Rodshtein, is a great player – almost 2700 – but he is quickly consumed by the flames. If you ever wondered what was meant by the metaphor “he played with great energy”, Grischuk’s play in this game will give you the answer.
Thursday, October 23 GM Leonid Kritz Rare Opening Lines Lead to Success (opening, strategy)
Kramnik versus Topalov is one of the most interesting rivalries in today’s chess. These opponents don’t shake hands and their games are always of special character. In this game Kramnik plays a system that seems to be not ambitious, but he gets into a position in which he feels more comfortable than his opponent and penalizes Topalov for his miscalculations.
Friday, October 24 IM David Vigorito Veteran vs Prodigy (middlegame, tactics)
The experienced IM Jim Rizzitano faces off against a very young IM, Samuel Sevian. The veteran manages to steer the game into a middlegame where his vast experience proves to be too much for the higher rated prodigy and it is the older player who dazzles with a tactical display leading to a decisive material advantage.
Middlegame Positions and Problem Solving
by IM David Vigorito
Review middlegame decision making with David Vigorito.
Middlegame play sets the scene for the endgame. What material you have, where it is on the board and your options are considerations. Here David takes us through numerous middlegame problems, shows us the thought process for analyzing what to do, and solutions.
Content: 82 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 2 lectures.
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Members of ChessLecture.com said: I love the ideas of multiple different types of problems and their solutions rather than the usual game analysis with a couple of slowly developing tide turning positions. Great bang for the buck!
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.
Monday, October 13 LM Dana Mackenzie Rip Van Winkle Returns Thirty years after his last rated game, GM James Tarjan returned to play in the 2014 U.S. Open and finished only 1/2 point behind the winner. In this game against National Master Constantine Xanthos, he proves that 30 years have done nothing to dull his chess instincts. An intuitive exchange sac opens the board for Black’s pieces. After Xanthos misses a possible chance to return the material for a decent game, Tarjan clamps down with an airtight bind. A fine example of what distinguishes grandmasters from lower-rated players.
Tuesday, October 14 IM Bill Paschall Self Analysis-A Rusty Nimzo
IM Paschall reviews a recent game he played in a classical Nimzo-Indian position. An imbalanced position arises where white has more space and two bishops, but black has the better structure and 2 knights in a closed position. The game is particularly interesting from a strategic point, because we see the classic doubled c-pawns for white, as well the relataively rare plan for black to castle queenside ! This game is interesting theoretically in the opening, because of black’s novelty 13…Qf6 , which may well be an improvement over the more standard 13…Qe7.
Wednesday, October 15 FM Dennis Monokroussos There’s a big difference between bound and almost bound From the time of Nimzowitsch and earlier, chess players knew that if White could blockade Black’s French pawns on e6 and d5 with pieces on e5 and d4, they would often obtain and enjoy a serious bind. Paul van der Sterren may have been licking his chops in anticipation of such a bind, but he never quite had the time to establish this bind. Viktor Korchnoi blew the game open and won in crushing style – ironically by pushing both the e- and d-pawns. So much for the blockade!
Thursday, October 16 GM Leonid Kritz Brilliant Strategic Understanding Another brilliant game from the, probably, strongest player in the world. White does not get a real opening advantage, but he maintains a symbolical +/= that he slow by slow converts into a full point. Of course, Ponomariov could have played better and get the draw, but the way Caruana always increases pressure and creates new ideas make the defense of every position pretty difficult.
Friday, October 17 GM Bryan Smith Decisive First Round Matchups from the Tromso Olympiad, Part 3 In the third and final part of GM Bryan Smith’s series on the first round in Tromso, we see a thematic game in the Carlsbad Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, where GM Varuzhan Akobian is able to carry out White’s typical plans.