Mon March 10 IM Valeri Lilov Carlsen’s Kings Gambit
Every chess player has had the beautiful experience of learning from the incredible attacks of Anderssen, Morphy, Tal and others. Nowadays, it’s not easy to see such magnificent attacks on a high level as the fashion has changed and chess has become a lot more balanced, so positional play is essential for any combination to exist. Check out this video to see how to reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen was able to utilize one of the oldest openings with great success.
Tues March 11 IM Bill Paschall An Instructive Rauzer Endgame
Wed March 12 FM Dennis Monokroussos The Queen’s Gambit (and Friends), Part 1
For reasons that remain mysterious Boris Spassky failed to use the brilliant idea of his second, Efim Geller, in his 1972 world championship match against Bobby Fischer, and got crushed in a beautiful game. Geller therefore played his own novelty a year later and showed what could have been, defeating Jan Timman in great style. His new move and new concept involved a pawn sac for long-term compensation against the white king, stranded permanently in the center. This game, the first in a series on the Queen’s Gambit (with an occasional visit from openings that result in similar structures) offers a first glimpse into the richness of this opening, one of the most popular in chess history and one that remains important to the present day.
Thurs March 13 GM Leonid Kritz Sicilian 2….Nc6.3.Bb5: Rare Continuation by Black, Part 2
This is a continuation of last week’s lecture. We continue with the study of the main line and get to a position that will definitely require some additional analysis on your side. I think, however, that the exchange sacrifice offered in this lecture is very promising.
Fri March 14 GM Bryan Smith The Best of Lone Pine 1979, Part 2
In the second part of his series on the 1979 Lone Pine tournament, Bryan Smith looks at a fantastic ‘flawed brilliancy’ – a king hunt which took place in round three between Edward Formanek and Joseph Bradford.