Monday, April 7 IM Valeri Lilov Structural Weaknesses (Middlegame, Strategy)
We all know what weaknesses are. The weak pieces and squares are well known to all. How about the structural weaknesses though? These types of weaknesses are crucial for many games, yet many people don’t know how to exploit them. Learn more about them from this lecture.
Tuesday, April 8 IM Bill Paschall The Redundant Queen (Middlegame, Tactics)
Dubov expands classically in the center with e5 against Jobava’s Benoni Defense. Black’s pieces gain sufficent activity and his bishop pair compensate for white’s central pawn advantage. At the key moment Dubov fails to stop black’s advancing queenside pawn, instead promoting his own second queen! Unfortunately , Dubov’s extra queen cannot prevent a multitude of black threats and he must resign with 2 queen’s on the board in the middlegame ! A truly amazing party.
Wednesday, April 9 FM Dennis Monokroussos Queen’s Gambit and Friends, Part 5: Winning With the Minority Attack (Opening, Strategy)
We’ve been looking at the Carlsbad Structure (the structure characteristic of the Exchange Variation of the Queen’s Gambit) the past couple of shows, but in those shows we looked at plans where White pushes the pawns in the center or on the kingside. In this video we have a look at the classic minority attack plan, and see it work to near perfection. It’s a very solid and sturdy approach, and in many circumstances it allows its user to play very comfortably: either you win or the opponent achieves a draw after some suffering.
Thursday, April 10 GM Bryan Smith The Best of Lone Pine 1979, Part 3 (Opening)
In the third part of GM Bryan Smith’s series on the Lone Pine, 1979 tournament, we see a short, tactical game in which GM Sahovic takes advantage of his opponent’s rather ambitious and unnatural play.
Friday, April 11 LM Dana Mackenzie Terrific Teens, Episode 1: A Future World Champion? (Middlegame, Tactics)
In January 2014 I had the opportunity to play in a tournament in which the world’s youngest grandmaster, Wei Yi of China, played and tied for first. In this complex game,Wei plays an ambitious and relatively untried pawn sacrifice in the Pirc against John Bryant. Bryant defends quite well and it is not clear that Wei achieves full compensation. But then he doubles the stakes, sacrificing a second pawn. As is often the case, accepting that pawn was Bryant’s downfall.