Monday, December 28 IM Valeri Lilov How to Use Advantage in Space (strategy, middlegame)
Having advantage in space is common for many games. Taking advantage of it is a different story. In this lecture, IM Lilov takes his time to explain the key principles behind exploiting an advantage in space and better piece activity.
Tuesday, December 29 IM Bill Paschall Hungarian Bronze at European Teams Part 1 (middlegame, strategy)
Hungarians score bronze at the European Teams ! Young phenom Richard Rapport lead his team with some stellar games. In part one, we see a flawless positional performance. Rapport avoids theory and maintains a sound structure, all the while his opponent overextending and desperately seeking ways to coordinate. White exploits pawn structure advantages, better coordination and finally pawn weaknesses before a decisive strorming of the opponents’ exposed kingside. Rapport also shows maturity in the middlegame by giving up the bishop pair to slow down the counterplay for black on the kingside.
Wednesday, December 30 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Trap in the Nimzo-Indian (openings)
The Karpov Variation of the Nimzo-Indian (which can also arise via the Panov Attack against the Caro-Kann) is an important main line, and one very plausible option for White was seen in a 2001 rapid game Vladimirov-Kasparov. Plausible – but not good! To see the interesting details, have a look – you may well get to win the same game for yourself.
Thursday, December 31 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Learning from Kramnik: How to Convert a Slight Edge in the Endgame Part 2 – 20 Years Later (strategy, endgame)
20 years later after the Lautier game, Kramnik is still amazing at converting endgames with a slight edge. This time, it’s Nepo who’s on the ropes and he never has a chance in this game. Take notice how Kramnik avoids opening theory, plays unambitious chess and yet outplays a strong 2700 GM with ease!
Friday, January 1 GM Bryan Smith Only Moves (strategy, tactics)
In this video, we see how surprising traps and complications are hidden in an apparently overwhelming position.