GM Bryan Smith

Carlsen in the Open, Part 1

Matchup: Birkesson vs. Carlsen
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy; Tactics
ECO: E50
Opening: Nimzo-Indian; 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3; without ...d5
Released: Friday, December 15, 2017
Run Time: 00:31:19

Summary:

With this video, GM Bryan Smith begins a new series, covering World Champion Magnus Carlsen's games from the Isle of Man Open. In this series, we get to see how Carlsen deals with a variety of opponents, from amateur level players, to average grandmasters, to super-grandmasters. To begin with, we see his round one win against Bardur Birkisson.

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GM Nadezhda Kosintseva

Attack at the Strongest Point

Matchup: Makogonov vs. Lilienthal
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: D19
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Slav; Dutch
Released: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Run Time: 00:17:50

Summary:

Often there are situations when you don't consider certain moves just because the opponent's pieces control certain parts of the board, or more specifically, certain squares. For example, if Black has pawns standing on e6 and c6 it is difficult to put a piece on d5. However, often such moves are possible and can quickly decide the result of the game. So, again, try not to rely on general understanding - be creative and always consider the unique characteristics of each position.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

The Collapsing Center

Matchup: Carlsen vs. Ding
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: A38
Opening: English
Released: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Run Time: 00:32:59

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Last time we saw Ding Liren playing almost super-human chess; this time we see that he is indeed human, like all of us – even his conqueror in this game Magnus Carlsen. Ding plays aggressively, and it seems to be justified as the center seems stable. The emphasis in both cases is on the word

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IM David Vigorito

A Devious and Deep Opening Trap

Matchup: Dzanidze vs. Batsiashvili
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: A38
Opening: English; Symmetrical
Released: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Run Time: 00:23:43

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This game contains a beautiful trap that I discovered myself playing blitz. there is nothing new under the sun, so when I checked the line I found that it had been played before. I decided to look at it deeply, because it is quite beautiful. the shot that Black finds in this game looks crushing, and in practice Black has won all of the games very quickly, but I did find an amazing resource for White that puts up a lot of tactical resistance, although even here Black can gain the upper hand with creative play. I think this trap is a real treat!

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As an English player, I was interested in seeing the trap. I appreciate the intro, but it had a lot of "what ifs." I wanted to see the trap first. 11 minutes in and still waiting.

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IM Bill Paschall

Euro Team Gems 2017, Part 2

Matchup: Navara vs. Mamedyarov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: D28
Opening: Queen's Gambit Accepted
Released: Monday, December 11, 2017
Run Time: 00:23:16

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During the 2017 European Team Championship, Shakriyar Mamedyarov reached number 2 in the world according to FIDE ratings. In round 5, against the Czech Republic , Shak uses a rare line against the Queen's Gambit Accepted based on some obscure correspondence games. Navara and Mamadyarov both make some small mistakes in the opening, but finally Navara errs tactically and leaves white with a serious initiative.

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GM Eugene Perelshteyn

How to Play with the Pawn Center: Attack And Defense

Matchup: Zherebukh vs. Pereleshteyn
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; Tactics; The Endgame
ECO: D90
Opening: Grunfeld
Released: Friday, December 8, 2017
Run Time: 00:23:53

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Do you know how to handle the pawn center? Watch and learn how easy it is to mishandle the position resulting from a Grunfeld Defense. Pay attention to White's and Black's pawn moves, things are not as simple as they seen! What seems like a normal position quickly turns into a crazy endgame where passed pawns are countered with mating nets! Can you find the key tactic for Black at the end?

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GM Leonid Kritz

How Not to Play the Gruenfeld

Matchup: Li vs. Inarkiev
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: D85
Opening: Grunfeld
Released: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Run Time: 00:13:35

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This game is a very good example of what happens if Black breaks the basic rule of playing the Grunfeld - be proactive and seek counterplay. Li did not get any counterplay against the white center and got crushed with no chance. A good illustration that emphasizes that in certain opening fighting for initiative is essential for survival.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

Structure Isn't Everything and Neither is Capturing Towards the Center

Matchup: Mirumian vs. Nikolic
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: E60
Opening: King's Indian Defense
Released: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Run Time: 00:24:56

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Very early in our chess lives we are taught to capture with our pawns towards the center, and that we should avoid crimes against our structure like taking on doubled, isolated pawns. Those are handy rules of thumb, but over time they can ossify in our minds to the point of becoming positional laws. Then they’ve gone too far. To that end, the three game fragments in this video should help. The winners of all three games did horrible things to their pawn structures, but in every case it was to their advantage to do so and played a critical role in their success. And that's what counts.

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IM Bill Paschall

Euro Team Gems 2017, Part 1

Matchup: Svetushkin vs. Mamedyarov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: D37
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined
Released: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Run Time: 00:24:20

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Running very hot in 2017, Mamedyarov takes his game to the European Team Champs. Playing against the solid Queen's Gambit Declined, the super GM opts for the modern 5.Bf4, but uses a tricky move order. Black allows himself an isolated queen pawn on d5 and Mamedyarov quickly gets to work with unexpected tactics. White plays an aggressive and creative game, and with some help from the opponent, converts the full point.

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IM Valeri Lilov

Converting a Positional Advantage

Matchup: Yi vs. Sambuev
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy
ECO: D38
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined; Ragozin Variation
Released: Monday, December 4, 2017
Run Time: 00:16:30

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Many chess players find it rather difficult to convert an advantage. That's because they tend to look for a quick win that often results in unexpected complications and the advantage being lost in the process. The key to making our advantage grow lies in the possibility of simplifying the position and restricting the opponent at the same time. Check out IM Lilov’s suggestions on how you can do that like a master!

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GM Bryan Smith

6.h3 Against the Najdorf, Part 4

Matchup: Li vs. Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO:
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Friday, December 1, 2017
Run Time: 00:53:57

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In Part 4 of the series, GM Smith shows another game with the white pieces in the 6...e5 7.Nde2 h5 line. Black's opening inaccuracy gives White a very good position, but it is the long combination later in the game which makes it special.

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GM Nadezhda Kosintseva

Creativity in the Process of Calculation, Or Why It's Important to Keep Track of the Entire Board

Matchup: vs.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO:
Opening:
Released: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Run Time: 00:30:35

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This lecture contains multiple examples that illustrate how important it is to have an overview of the whole board. Even though the attack is supposed to occur on one side, the introductory move often happens on the other side of the board. To be able to find such moves, it is important to be creative and think outside the box.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

Improving the Worst-Placed Piece

Matchup: Rubinstein vs. Nimzowitch
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: A34
Opening: English; Symmetrical
Released: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Run Time: 00:28:50

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Aron Nimzowitsch and Akiba Rubinstein were two of the greatest players of the first third of the 20th century. Not only were they great players, they made great contributions to our understanding of the game. In this game - one that used to be very well-known - it was Nimzowitsch whose ideas shone more brightly. A wag once wrote that positional play is what to do when there's nothing to do, and Nimzowitsch found a terrific idea in just such a position. It's unlikely that we'll be able to replicate his maneuver, but the principles behind it and the impetus that allowed him to discover are available to us as well.

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IM Bill Paschall

An Attacking Gem from the European Club Cup 2017

Matchup: Fedoseev vs. Lagarde
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: B06
Opening: Modern Defense
Released: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Run Time: 00:25:29

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Facing a capable opponent, the rising Russian star Fedoseev plays 1...g6. Using hypermodern systems is a good way to ensure a complicated game and Black does his best to keep pieces on the board and play for a win. Lagarde does not seek exchanges, but fails to coordinate well or find any serious threats and soon falls into a classic King's Indian type situation where White is on the defensive. Black finishes the game with an elegant sacrificial series of moves.

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IM David Vigorito

Endgame Trifecta

Matchup: Bregadze vs. Vigorito
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Endgame
ECO: E68
Opening: King's Indian; Fianchetto; Classical Variation
Released: Monday, November 27, 2017
Run Time: 00:29:03

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In this game I am faced with the unpleasant task of holding an endgame that I have won myself many times before - rook + opposite colored bishop. First I show a couple of short snippets from my own practice, before showing how difficult it can be to hold such and endgame. I face several challenges and then, when the draw was finally there for the taking, I stumbled at the last hurdle. Let go of what you've been taught about the drawish nature of opposite colored bishops!

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love lectures like this! specific instructive snippets are super useful

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GM Eugene Perelshteyn

How to Evaluate King Safety and Dynamic Potential

Matchup: Perelshteyn vs. Prasanna
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Middlegame; Tactics; The Endgame
ECO: A48
Opening: King's Indian
Released: Friday, November 24, 2017
Run Time: 00:15:37

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We all assume that an uncastled king is much worse than his castled counterpart. But this game may prove us wrong! Watch and learn how two strong players missed a great opportunity for Black to get a powerful attack. Instead, the strong IM went for material gains, only to find himself hopelessly lost after a typical exchange sacrifice!

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Indeed, a very entertaining game with many motives and patterns that are worth keeping in mind.

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GM Leonid Kritz

How to Punish a Single Opening Error

Matchup: Schreiner vs. Kuzubov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings
ECO: A34
Opening: English; Symmetrical
Released: Thursday, November 23, 2017
Run Time: 00:15:08

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This game is a great example of how to act if your opponent makes a mistake in the early stage of the opening. Black plays the inaccurate 6....exd5 and White gets aggressive right away, so that Black essentially gets destroyed. This is the only way to play in modern chess - once your opponent plays sub-optimally in the early opening, you have to get him right away.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

A Remarkable New Idea in the Semi-Slav

Matchup: Carlsen vs. Aronian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: D45
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined Semi Slav
Released: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Run Time: 00:32:55

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At the moment Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen are the hottest players in chess, and are unsurprisingly ranked #2 and #1 in the world, respectively. In this battle from the 2017 Norway Chess tournament, it is Aronian who came out on top, thanks largely to an ingenious idea for White in the Semi-Slav. On moves 11 and 12 Aronian sacs a pawn and then the exchange to draw Black’s queen offside, both to try to trap her but also to shut her and Black's queenside pieces away from the coming kingside attack. It's a great concept, and while the game wasn't perfect it was exciting and interesting from beginning to end.

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IM Bill Paschall

Exciting Clashes from the 2017 World Cup, Part 3

Matchup: Ding vs. Aronian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: D43
Opening: Semi Slav Defense ; Moscow Variation
Released: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Run Time: 00:27:00

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Levon Aronian surprises Ding with a slightly offbeat, but sharp line against the Semi Slav. This is the deciding game of the whole event, Black misplaying his defenses; his king coming under a withering attack. Excellent preparation by white including the new move 12.Rae1 which seems to have taken Black out of known territory.

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IM Valeri Lilov

Carlsen's Secret

Matchup: Aronian vs. Carlsen
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; The Middlegame
ECO: C84
Opening: Ruy Lopez; Closed
Released: Monday, November 20, 2017
Run Time: 00:18:14

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Magnus Carlsen is without a question one of the history's strongest positional players. His ability to handle the structure and manage a powerful piece domination have inspired many. In this video, IM Lilov will show you how the world reigning champion uses his simple, yet most powerful secret!

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