New Chess Videos for November 23 – 27

November 23, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, November 23 GM Nadya Kosintseva QGD Ragozin Defense, Part 2: Why Most Players Take on d5 First (openings, strategy)
Why do most players take on d5 first and then play Bg5, rather than develop the bishop immediately? The important difference between taking on d5 and playing Bg5 versus playing Bg5 right away is that Black has an additional opportunity after 5.Bg5, namely he can capture the pawn on c4 and play this position. Even though Black gives up some initiative and White has certain compensation for the sacrificed material, the position of Black turns out to be more than just playable – there is enough potential for him to defend and even fight for counterplay.

Tuesday, November 24 IM Bill Paschall Boris Spassky’s Spasstacular Attacking Miniatures, Part 7 (tactics, strategy)
Spassky shows his prowess against the Winawer French, Black plays a bit passively in the opening and Spassky takes the initiative with active pieces and the bishop pair. Spassky finishes his attack with a classic rook lift and sacrifices said rook decisively.

Wednesday, November 25 IM Dennis Monokroussos A Wild Shootout Ends In A Draw (tactics)
I’ve played my share of crazy games over the years, but this may be the tactically richest game of them all. Neither I nor my opponent were fully up to the challenge – this won’t be so surprising once you see the game for yourself – but we both played with energy and imagination, and produced a game that will at least entertain if not instruct. (Though I hope a little instruction will seep in as well.)

Thursday, November 26 GM Eugene Perelshteyn The Unknown Side of Young Kasparov:  Positional Masterpiece & Principle of Two Weaknesses!  Part 2 (strategy, endgame)
Once more, we see the eighteen year old genius from Baku follow in the style of his coach, Mikhal Botvinnik. Gary plays slow, boring, positional chess against the IQP. What looks like a game heading for a draw is quickly spoiled but a slight inaccuracy by Black, weakening the queenside pawns. The rest is yet another lesson on the principle of two weaknesses! Watch and learn and be surprised by mature positional understanding from young Gary.

Friday, November 27 IM David Vigorito Inside Coverage of the USCL 2015 – part 17 (opening)

Continuing coverage of the U.S. Chess League sees me facing off against veteran IM Jonathan Schroer of the Carolina team. I use the Reti Opening and get a position that I have had many times, but with colors reversed (London System). So this lecture should also be of interest to King’s Indian players. This is a good system to play to avoid a lot of theory while still gearing up for a good middlegame fight. It’s ok if the position is equal if you can play it better than your opponent!

New Chess Videos, November 16 – 20

November 16, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, November 16 GM Nadya Kosintseva Queen’s Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense, Part 1 (opening)

Tuesday, November 17 IM Bill Paschall Boris Spassky’s Spastacular Attacking Miniatures, Part 6 (strategy, tactics)
Spassky again displays a scintillating combination of both tactical and strategic ability. In this game we see again his preference for the knight tandem in a middlegame with a somewhat closed position in the center. His tactical prowess and creativity are embodied by a wild rook sacrifice. A top level opponent might have held on against Spassky’s creative attacking play, but few could find the draw in such mind boggling complications.

Wednesday, November 18 FM Dennis Monokroussos Carlsen Gets Away With Telling a Tal Tale (tactics)
We’re all used to seeing Magnus Carlsen grind out wins the endgame, and we’re all used to seeing him avoid the sharpest variations in order to “just play chess”. But when forced to, he can head into the swamp and try to prove that 2 + 2 sometimes = 5, as the all-time king of complications, Mikhail Tal, used to put it. After getting outplayed in the early middlegame by Veselin Topalov, a great calculator and lover of complications himself, Carlsen goes all out with a sacrificial attack that is at least two parts bluff, but he finally wears Topalov down, induces some errors, and pulls out the win in a crazy game.

Thursday, November 19 IM Valeri Lilov How to Attack Gradually (strategy, middlegame)
Attacking gradually has always been a problem to many players. We all know that at a certain point, out attack needs a slower and more preparatory approach to get going. Knowing how to do it without losing our grip and initiative could be challenging. In his new video, IM Lilov presents a classical game that illustrates which patterns are most significant to improve our attack gradually.

Friday, November 20 GM Leonid Kritz An Unforgettable World Cup Finals – Part 2 (opening, tactics)
Both players made lots of mistakes in this game, and at the end they cancelled each other out to end up in a completely drawish position. However, Karjakin had two more fatal blunders in his pocket for this evening….

Introducing GM Nadezhda “Nadya” Kosintseva

November 16, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

This week, we are proud to announce the debut of our newest lecturer, Grandmaster Nadezhda “Nadya” Kosintseva. Nadya, who has been ranked as high as #4 on FIDE’s rating list for women, has been winning gold medals since before she was ten years old, and became a GM in 2011. She is currently a graduate student in finance at the University of Texas at Dallas, and together with Leonid Kritz, forms one of the strongest married chess couples in the world.

Nadya’s first lecture, released today, is short but full of fireworks, bringing us the first in a series that should interest anyone looking to play sharply against the Queen’s Gambit: the QGD Ragozin Variation. In subsequent lectures, Nadya will demonstrate a complete attacking repertoire against all White options in this sharp opening.

New Chess Videos for November 9 – 13

November 9, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, November 9 IM David Vigorito Anti-Theory Miniature (opening, tactics)
In this game I wanted to avoid theory against my young opponent, who had beaten a very strong GM earlier in the tournament. The Reti Opening/Anti-Slav was an experiment that led to a surprisingly quick win. Even in quiet openings one must always stay alert.

Tuesday, November 10 IM Bill Paschall Boris Spassky’s Spastacular Attacking Miniatures, Part 5 (strategy)
Spassky shows again why he is considered the ultimate proponent of the “Universal Style”. In this game we see Spassky playing brilliant strategic chess, culminating in a an unstoppable attack. Gurgenidze, also a strategic player, is completely lost for a plan as Spassky builds up his advantage. White plays brilliantly with his pawns and then uses the long diagonal a1-h8 and his space advantage just as Salo Flohr did in a similar structure in his feature series here at

Wednesday, November 11 FM Dennis Monokroussos An Old School Win By A New Star (opening)
An Old School Win By A New Star. Tags: Description: Most young players are great in tactics and specialize in attacking play, but there are occasional exceptions. Anatoly Karpov was one, Magnus Carlsen was another, and now Anish Giri is a third. He is a great technician, as Veselin Topalov had occasion to note. Topalov was in great form, reaching #2 in the world and winning the tournament, but in this, his one loss, Giri was clearly in charge. It’s an impressive display of technique, showing how to create problems with a strong knight against a bishop that’s not so much bad as irrelevant.

Thursday, November 12 GM Eugene Perelshteyn The Unknown Side of Young Kasparov:  Positional Masterpiece & Principle of Two Weaknesses!  Part 1 (strategy, endgame)
You may know Gary Kasparov as one of the greatest attacking players of all times. But how did the young Gary play? Watch and learn boring positional chess from the eighteen year old! Kasparov plays in the style of his coach, Mikhail Botvinnik and gives an excellent lesson on the principle of two weaknesses! In a seemingly equal positional he outplays a strong opponent and makes it look easy!

Friday, November 13 GM Leonid Kritz An Unforgettable World Cup Finals – Part 1 (opening, tactics)
This is the first game from the World Cup final 2015 between Svidler and Karjakin. A pretty long and slow strategic battle in the opening that flows into tactical complications after Svidler opens the position with 16.d4!? Interesting to see how White’s pieces take control over the entire board while Black is condemned to watch it happen.

New Chess Videos for November 2 – 5

November 4, 2015 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, November 2 IM David Vigorito Inside Coverage of the USCL 2015 – part 16 (opening, endgame)
This game shows some of the difficulties involved in getting a fight against a peaceful-minded opponent. The King’s Indian usually leads to sharp play, but in here my opponent is quick to remove as many pieces as he can from the board. he probably goes too far and loses a pawn, but after I make a lackluster decision the chance to torture my opponent goes out the window and he easily gets his much-coveted draw.

Tuesday, November 3 IM Bill Paschall Boris Spassky’s Spastacular Attacking Miniatures, Part 4 (opening, tactics)
A key game in the Najdorf that helped to derive the name of the variation of the Najdorf in question, the Gothenburg. Spassky mixes his usual aggressive but positional style of development with a vicious sacrificial attack. Black plays the risky idea 9….g5 and fails to find a safe haven for his king. Tremendously creative and deeply planned attacking play demonstrated by Spassky. There was no way out for black.

Wednesday, November 4 FM Dennis Monokroussos Ljubo Living on the Edge (opening)
When analyzing the game in 1980, Jan Timman described this as the best game of the past 20 years. I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s a wonderful battle where creative attacking play comes up against inspired defense. Only at the last critical moment does Ulf Andersson’s defensive prowess fail him, and Ljubomir Ljubojevic goes on to win a classic.

Thursday, November 4 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Lessons from World Cup: What Happens When You Surrender the Center (opening)
We all know the value of the center. But even Super GMs sometimes get carried away and forget about this vital area of the board. Watch how Karjakin slips and allows Svilder to take over the initiative with a timely …d5! break. He makes it look easy!

Friday, November 5 GM Bryan Smith A Little Vignette from Frankfurt, 1930 (endgame)
In this video, GM Smith shows how a Soviet analyst from the early twentieth century, Nikolai Grigoriev, uncovered fantastic depths in a seemingly simple position. Starting from an endgame with knight and five pawns each – including protected passers – important and oft times surprising aspects of knight endings, and then king and pawn endings, and even possible resulting queen endings are explored and explained.