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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GM Bryan Smith

6.h3 Against the Najdorf, Part 3

Matchup: Smith vs. Samadashvili
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: B90
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Friday, November 17, 2017
Run Time: 00:56:57

Summary:

In part three of his series on 6.h3, Bryan looks at the same line from Black's point of view, showing a game where he played the recent line 6...e5 7.Nde2 b5.

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IM David Vigorito

Carlsen Eliminated from World Cup

Matchup: Bu vs. Carlsen
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: C55
Opening: Two Knights Defense
Released: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Run Time: 00:20:49

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A two game match can be a dangerous thing, even for the world's best player. Here the champion goes down with White (he was unable to recover with Black). The game starts quietly, but the Chinese GM boldly sacrifices a pawn in the style of the Marshall Attack. The idea was probably not completely correct, but it is easier to attack than defend. When Carlsen misses his chance, Bu attacks with great energy and scores a tournament altering upset.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

Black is Rickety vs. the Richter-Rauzer

Matchup: Vasquez Shroder vs. Sevian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: B66
Opening: Sicilian; Richter-Rauzer Attack; 7...A6
Released: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Run Time: 00:29:35

Summary:

The Classical Sicilian (i.e. an Open Sicilian with 2..d6 and 5...Nc6, or 2...Nc6 and 5...d6) has had its periods of great popularity, but it has come upon hard times in recent decades. It’s certainly playable, but White has more than one way of playing without risk for an edge. This is in distinction from, say, the Najdorf or the Taimanov, where White can play for a draw or a win, but not for a win with a draw in hand. In today's game, we see an example of how Black is struggling. Sevian's 14.Ne4 improved on one of his earlier games, and after this he was playing with house money: Black was suffering in a position where White had attacking chances and a central bind as well, and he quickly succumbed. Classical players, beware.

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IM Bill Paschall

Exciting Clashes from the 2017 World Cup, Part 2

Matchup: Ivanchuk vs. Aronian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings
ECO: A13
Opening: English
Released: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Run Time: 00:23:09

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Aronian rolls past Ivanchuk, as Black seemed unprepared for the line played in the game. Ivanchuk, who has an extremely wide opening repertoire,perhaps couldn't remember the line and was completely unable to counter White's initiative. Black simply failed to complete his development effectively.

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IM Valeri Lilov

Karjakin's Defensive Concepts

Matchup: Svidler vs. Karjakin
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy
ECO: C53
Opening: Guioco Piano
Released: Monday, November 13, 2017
Run Time: 00:16:15

Summary:

Many strong players realize the importance of defending the opponent's threats at any critical position. Identifying these threats, as well as finding the best candidates is always a challenging task. In this lecture, IM Lilov provides a good example of GM Karjakin's concepts to a successful defense.

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GM Eugene Perelshteyn

The Deadly Bishop on g7: How to Attack in the Grunfeld

Matchup: Perelshteyn vs. Virkud
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: D70
Opening: Neo-Gruenfeld Defense
Released: Friday, November 10, 2017
Run Time: 00:15:45

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GM Perelshteyn faces the f3 line of the Grunfeld for the first time, yet he's not afraid to face the attack head-on. Watch and learn how the dormant bishop on g7 comes alive and wreaks havoc on White's position. Can you solve the tricky tactic in the end that wins on the spot?

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GM Leonid Kritz

Dangerous Looking Italian

Matchup: Ragger vs. Kryvoruchko
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: C50
Opening: Guioco Piano
Released: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Run Time: 00:10:21

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In this game White chose to play an attractive plan with early d4 in the Italian Game and quickly got a position that looked very dangerous to Black, with pawns at e5 and d5. However, in reality it turned out that Black is absolutely safe and may even fight for some advantage. Good to know how to react to such unjustified activity by White.

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

Small Differences Can Make Big Differences

Matchup: Zatonskih vs. Grandelius
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: C42
Opening: Petrov Defense
Released: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Run Time: 00:26:48

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Petroff’s Defense can lead to quiet positions, but not always. In this game from the 2017 Isle of Man, an isolated d-pawn middlegame arose, but one in which Black had a c-pawn rather than an e-pawn. Anna Zatonskih prepared a relatively rare line with Black, and in the main variation of that line Black deals with pressure against h7 by playing …h6, not …g6. Nils Grandelius pressured h7 in a slightly different way, and Zatonskih should have adapted and played ...g6 rather than ...h6. When she didn’t…well, see for yourself.

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Excellent presentation (as usual) Dennis! Nice display of tactics and the end of the game.

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IM Bill Paschall

Exciting Clashes from the 2017 World Cup, Part 1

Matchup: Vachier-Lagrave vs. Aronian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: E60
Opening: King's Indian; Samisch
Released: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Run Time: 00:24:37

Summary:

Levon Aronian dominated the 2017 World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia. In this series we witness some of the best battles from the event, with commentary and key insights from this exciting knockout event.

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IM Valeri Lilov

The Power of Buildup

Matchup: Caruana vs. Anand
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; The Middlegame
ECO: A29
Opening: English; Four Knights; Kingside Fianchetto
Released: Monday, November 6, 2017
Run Time: 00:15:34

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Vishy Anand is one of the strongest dynamic chess players in the world. In all his past and present games, we can easily realize a strong buildup that help him to adapt his strategy as successfully as possible. Check out IM Lilov’s lecture to learn about Anand’s domination in strategic play!

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GM Bryan Smith

6.h3 Against the Najdorf, Part 2

Matchup: Andrews vs. Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: B90
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Friday, November 3, 2017
Run Time: 00:45:46

Summary:

In Part 2 of the series on his recent experiences with and against 6.h3 in the Najdorf, GM Smith covers a game where Black played the current main line, 6.h3 e5 7.Nde2 h5.

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IM David Vigorito

Giving Up a Successful Opening

Matchup: Vigorito vs. Gosdin
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; The Middlegame
ECO: E74
Opening: King's Indian; Averbakh; 6...c5
Released: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Run Time: 00:20:59

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Facing the Averbakh Variation of the King's Indian, I play a tricky line that I have had a lot of success with. During the game however, I gradually change my mind as to the value of the line. We reach a position where I had no idea what to do if White did...nothing! Fortunately White decided to create some play, which although not bad at all, game me some scope to try to win. So despite my 4/4 score in the line, I think it is time to move on!

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FM Dennis Monokroussos

An Old Dog's Old Tricks Can Be Good Enough

Matchup: Kramnik vs. Tarjan
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: A12
Opening: English with b3
Released: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Run Time: 00:43:02

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James Tarjan was a strong GM more than 30 years ago, when he retired from the game. After a 30-year-layoff he returned to chess in 2014, and at the 2017 Isle of Masters had the best result since his comeback, and at least one of the best results of his career. The highlight, at least from a ratings point of view, was his round 3 win over Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik was outplaying him, bit by bit, but Tarjan showed great resilience in defense. In particular, he demonstrated consistent skill in prophylaxis, always trying to determine what Kramnik was up to, and finding direct and indirect ways to prevent it. That includes the trap that won him the game. Inspiration for all of us underdogs!

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IM Bill Paschall

A New Idea for Black in the Grunfeld Stockholm Variation, Part 3

Matchup: Zhigalko vs. Kovalenko
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings
ECO: D80
Opening: Grunfeld; Stockholm Variation
Released: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Run Time: 00:27:30

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In part three, we round out the series with a dynamic winning attempt for Black in the main line. Zhigalko was unlucky, but the idea looks good and Black was headed in the right direction in our main line with 4...c5 against the 4.Bg5 Grunfeld. In this video, we also see a general summary of the lesser alternatives white could play in addition to 5.Bxf6.

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IM Valeri Lilov

Aronian Exploits Weaknesses

Matchup: Navara vs. Aronian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy
ECO: E15
Opening: Queen's Indian
Released: Monday, October 30, 2017
Run Time: 00:17:01

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Exploiting a weakness has always been challenging for most chess players. While it’s not so hard to spot a weakness (piece, square, etc.), many players simply don’t know the correct approach to creating and exploiting it. One of the best modern Grandmasters, Levon Aronian recently showed us one of the most effective ways to exploit weaknesses in a positional manner.

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GM Bryan Smith

6.h3 Against the Najdorf, Part 1

Matchup: Huschenbeth vs. Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: B81
Opening: Sicilian; Scheveningen; Keres Attack
Released: Friday, October 27, 2017
Run Time: 00:47:27

Summary:

In recent years, 6.h3 has become a popular move against the Najdorf - offering fairly sharp and interesting play while still being relatively resistant to concrete preparation. GM Bryan Smith has played it since the year 2000, and has many games with both colors. In this series, he covers some recent games with the variation, beginning with a game against GM Niclaus Huschenbeth.

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Great material - rather poor sound quality though!

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