Monday, October 17 IM Valeri Lilov Attacking Chess: Bringing Pieces (middlegame)
The key to being successful when attacking has always been the ability to bring more pieces in. How to do this timely and successful is the topic of IM Lilov’s new lecture. Tune in and learn from the new lecture on attacking chess!
Tuesday, October 18 IM Bill Paschall Battles from Baku, Part 1 (opening, middlegame)
The following game took place in the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, during a critical test for the Indian team against England. The young GM Sethuraman plays the Scotch game and play is standard until GM Short plays the creative , but objectively dubious 7…h5, breaking from fundamental principles. Black clearly wishes to play aggressively for the win, but ends up with serious problems due to his exposed queen and lost time. White plays well, until one slip with 15.e6 ?! which gives GM Short some practical counter-chances. Despite the black queen being pushed to the edge of the board on h8 in the middlegame, white must be accurate and finally achieves victory in the end due to his superior king safety, and an amazing display of the power of centralization!
Wednesday, October 19 FM Dennis Monokroussos The Power of Regrouping (endgame)
In 1974 Anatoly Karpov had a big obstacle on the way to a hoped-for world championship match against Bobby Fischer; namely, ex-champion Boris Spassky, who seemed to be in very good form. After five games the match was even, and although Karpov was already the higher-rated player Spassky’s experience looked to compensate for his opponent’s youth. Game 6 was crucial. Spassky got nothing from the opening, but then decided to sharpen a level position by creating a passed pawn that could prove to be a strength or a weakness, depending on who handled the position better. At a key moment Karpov found a brilliant regrouping idea, and although Spassky should have saved the game the trend in Karpov’s favor carried him to an impressive victory in the game, and ultimately in the match.
Thursday, October 20 GM Leonid Kritz Nakamura’s Style (tactics)
Another game in which Nakamura shows that certain variations just shouldn’t be played against him. In this sharp line he outplays his opponent in just 28 moves. Black did not understand all the subtleties of the opening and was destroyed in best traditions of tactical play.
Friday, October 21 GM Eugene Perelshteyn What Happens When You Forget To Develop One Piece or The c8 Bishop Blues
Black tries to go for the Hedgehog setup vs the Nimzo g3 but forgets to develop the c8 bishop. Watch and learn an instructive way to punish Black for lack of development. He’s always one move behind and finally when he opens up the game, the tactics are not in his favor. Try to find the winning combination!
Monday, October 10 IM Valeri Lilov Play Against Unfamiliar Openings (strategy, openings)
How to handle unfamiliar openings? Most chess players find it difficult to tackle different opening systems that don’t fit the book lines they studied. Knowing how to play against the sidelines then becomes problematic and sometimes even frustrating. Check IM Lilov’s suggestions on what is key to play vs. any unfamiliar lines in the opening!
Tuesday, October 11 IM Bill Paschall Avoiding the Berlin Defense : Classic Games, Part 8 (openings, middlegame)
GM Torre chooses the sharper 4.Qe2 over our quiet 4.d3. Reshevsky reacts normally at first, with the solid d6 and Bd7, but then diverges from normal lines with the bizarre 7…Qe7. The position transposes into a situation which would normally be found in the King’s Indian defense as white closes the center with 8.d5 and 10.c4. The problem for black is twofold ; he has a relatively passive version of the King’s Indian , and he doesn’t play the King’s Indian! Reshevsky was a Nimzo-Indian expert and finds himself not really at home in this type of position. White plays very originally and aggressively with his plan to castle queenside and black’s play in this game is simply too routine.
Wednesday, October 12 FM Dennis Monokroussos Winning the World Junior Championship (endgame)
15-year-old U.S. Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong just won the World Junior Championship (for players under 20!), and did so convincingly. In today’s game we see the game that clinched the title with a round to spare, a game with good (but not quite perfect) play in the late opening and early middlegame followed by outstanding play in the remainder. Xiong did a terrific job of keeping his opponent’s pieces locked up the entire game, and his endgame technique shows a maturity to his play uncharacteristic of a player his age, no matter how strong. It’s an instructive and lively game worth checking out.
Thursday, October 13 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Instructive Battle in the Accelerated Dragon sideline with Bc4,d3 Plan for White (strategy)
A lot of Accelerated Dragon club players face the annoying Bc4,d3 setup at some point. GM Perelshteyn shows you the antidote using his recent game. Watch and learn how to effectively neutralize White’s attack with a bonus TN improvement for Black!
Friday, October 14 IM David Vigorito Never Relax Against Anyone (middlegame)
In this game I easily reach a winning position after my opponent’s groveling straight from the opening. A pawn up with a better position, the win is all but assured. It only takes a couple of relaxed moves however, and the board burst into flames. So we will see how to avoid such accidents, and how to fight when slipping into trouble.
Monday, October 3 IM Valeri Lilov Original Development (opening, middlegame)
How should we develop our pieces on original, yet solid positions from the start? This is a question that many beginner players don’t know how to answer. They try different ways to be original and only risk their positions more. Check IM Lilov’s new lecture to learn the keys to an original and safe development!
Tuesday, October 4 IM Bill Paschall Avoiding the Berlin Defense : Classic Games, Part 7 (opening, endgame)
Wednesday, October 5 FM Dennis Monokroussos Brilliancy and Blunder: Fighting Chess at the Olympiad (opening, tactics)
Most presentations show model games, where one side does everything perfectly and the other side exists only as a foil. Sometimes it’s worth seeing real games – the games most of us play most of the time, with good ideas alternating with bad ones, in which fighting spirit is every bit as important as one’s opening knowledge and general chess ability. In this game, from the fourth round of the Olympiad, the players take turns showing their excellence and their fallibility. Sebastien Maze starts off brilliantly, completely outplaying Demetrios Mastrovasilis in their round 4 game at the 2016 Olympiad in Baku. At this point, the tide turned, and now Mastrovasilis showed his resourcefulness, first just staying alive and then making everything into a mess. It’s exciting chess, and as instructive in its way as any traditional one-sided textbook massacre.
Thursday, October 6 GM Eugene Perelshteyn An Almost Perfect Attack in the Grand Prix for White! (opening, tactics)
Have you ever played a perfect attacking game? Well, GM Perelshteyn’s student can say this…almost. Watch and learn how White develops a textbook attack, only to miss the killer blow. Can you find this brilliant move? It’s not easy, but a very instructive sacrifice! Unfortunately, White missed it and allowed Black to simplify into the endgame, where two rooks proved too much for the queen.
Friday, October 7 GM Bryan Smith A Sharp Answer to the 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian (strategy)
In this video, GM Smith shows one of his games where he met the 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian, and used the sharp but classical response 4…d5. This game will focus on White’s move 5.a3.
Monday, September 26 IM Valeri Lilov Pressure and Trades (strategy, middlegame)
Inducing pressure through exchanges is a tough job. One of the reasons if the difficulty to evaluate all the resulting imbalances that come with the exchange. In his new lecture, IM Lilov will teach you how to decide on keeping the pressure and when you should trade pieces in such positions.
Tuesday, September 27 IM Bill Paschall Avoiding the Berlin Defense : Classic Games, Part 6 (opening, strategy)
GM Naiditch uses an older variation played by legends Duras and Bronstein with 5.c4 . This positional line allows white to gain a space advantage and channel positions into lines more similar to the King’s Indian Defense. White uses pawn structure concepts very well in this game and also exploits weaknesses in the Black king position. Of particular note is white’s use of the move 20. a4 , shutting down any counterplay black might have on the queenside. Zaja was given some counter chances, but missed his tactical opportunity. Although 5.c4 is objectively not dangerous, it may lead the Black player into structures where he is not comfortable, and therefore remain a practical choice for White.
Wednesday, September 28 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Typical Battle Over White’s Center in the Gruenfeld (opening, tactics)
Leonid Shamkovich was a Russian grandmaster who came to the USA in the 1970s, while John Fedorowicz is an American grandmaster who was still an international master at the time of this game. With White in a Gruenfeld Fedorowicz built up a big pawn center, and as one expects from this opening Black set siege to it. It was a classic, thematic battle, and the result of this spectacular game…is something you’ll see in the video.
Thursay, September 29 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Accelerated Dragon Repertoire: How To Avoid Smith-Morra Gambit (opening, endgame)
Friday, September 30 GM Bryan Smith A Scheme in the Reti (tactics)
The defense against the Reti involving an early …d5 and …Bg4 is considered to be very solid. Here, however, GM Bryan Smith shows a good method of combating it.
Monday, September 19 IM Valeri Lilov Evaluating the Changes (middlegame)
How to evaluate the possible exchanges in a middlegame? This question is key to many players who often try to find a shortcut to a better game. The truth behind a successful exchange lies within the precise conclusion of the weaknesses and potential threats resulting. Learn more in IM Lilov’s video on the topic!
Tuesday, September 20 IM Bill Paschall Avoiding the Berlin Defense : Classic Games, Part 5 (openings, tactics)
White avoids the main lines of the Berlin with the classical move 4.Qe2. White adopts a flexible setup and plays ala Steinitz by delaying castling. Black aggressively breaks with 7…d5 in the center, but makes a risky decision with the routine move 8…h6, weakening his kingside. White takes his chances with an aggressive attack , using his g-pawn to storm the enemy defenses. In the end, the weakening of the black kingside and a favorable minor piece; in this case a strong bishop versus knight, make the winning attack a certainty. This game features the exploitation of pawn weaknesses, as well as the use of opposite side castling for the purpose of direct attack.
Wednesday, September 21 FM Dennis Monokroussos Glorious Grinding (endgame)
Most of us like to win quickly and spectacularly, but the reality is that many wins are going to be quotidian and slow. When the position is quiet and the advantage is small, one must patiently try this and that, and sometimes the advantage will grow and sometimes one’s opponent will hold on and save the game. In this game, grinding worked. My opponent could have killed the game in the early middlegame, but allowed me to take a very small edge into an endgame that one little bit at a time I was able to grow. The game was largely about finesses, and I do my best to explain some of the keys that helped me come away with an important victory in a recent event.
Thursday, September 22 GM Leonid Kritz A Creative Blunder (tactics)
In this game Topalov played pretty passively and allowed Black to equalize after the opening. The game was moving towards a peaceful end, but then… a blunder by Svidler brought a sudden defeat.
Friday, September 23 GM Eugene Perelshteyn How To Punish White in the Colle System (openings, tactics)