GM Eugene Perelshteyn

The Power of the Attacking Knight Outpost

Matchup: Chua vs. Pereleshteyn
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; Tactics
ECO: E04
Opening: Catalan; Open; 5.Nf3
Released: Friday, September 22, 2017
Run Time: 00:16:25

Summary:

We all know that rook is better than a knight. But never underestimate the power of the attacking outpost! In this game, White shows how a knight can dominate a rook. Watch and learn and try to find a nice bonus tactic in the end!

Rating:

Member Comments:

Excellent game!

- Rico2066

View All Comments...


GM Leonid Kritz

An Unusual Najdorf Line

Matchup: Navara vs. Hou
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: B90
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Run Time: 00:13:12

Summary:

Great game by Hou Yifan, who strategically outplays Navara without giving him a chance. She introduces an interesting opening construction with a long (queenside) castle where you would not think it makes sense, but at the end of the day her plan completely pays off.

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


FM Dennis Monokroussos

Breaching the Gates of the Vienna Variation

Matchup: Batsiashvili vs. Zhao
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: D24
Opening: Queen's Gambit Accepted
Released: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Run Time: 00:31:31

Summary:

The Vienna Variation is one of the sharpest options available to Black against 1.d4, and when Black plays sharply it's especially important to be precise - one mistake can be fatal. That's what happened in this 2016 game. White gambited a pawn and then a piece for two pawns for a very dangerous attack. Black had one way to survive, but to find it and work it out over the board (rather than on one's engine in the comfort of one's study) was asking a bit too much of Black. She didn't manage it, and lost a very nice game.

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Bill Paschall

Petrosian on the King's Indian Attack, Part 6

Matchup: Pavey vs. Petrosian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: B50
Opening: Sicilian
Released: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Run Time: 00:23:23

Summary:

Black plays passively against the KIA and White gains a serious space advantage on the kingside. White exploits the weak dark squares in the position and attempts to then gain a spacial advantage on both sides. Petrosian then breaks through decisively with a temporary piece sacrifice and a powerful king.

Rating:

Member Comments:

Your observations as to why an early d4 for White would be bad (counter-play for Black on c-file) were excellent! Thanks William!

- Chesster

View All Comments...


IM Valeri Lilov

Importance of Center and Space

Matchup: Van Wely vs. L'ami
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy
ECO: B45
Opening: Sicilian; Taimonov
Released: Monday, September 18, 2017
Run Time: 00:18:42

Summary:

In a recent tournament game, the Dutch Grandmaster Erwin L’ami proved how to effectively combine the two most important concepts in strategy: Center and Space. Tune in to IM Lilov’s lecture to learn more!

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


GM Bryan Smith

Striking Counterattack by Sevian

Matchup: Sevian vs. Shirov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: C45
Opening: Scotch Game
Released: Friday, September 15, 2017
Run Time: 00:38:05

Summary:

In this fantastic game, a sharp attack by famed attacker Alexei Shirov is refuted in a shocking way by young talent Samuel Sevian. After an inaccuracy Shirov is back in the game, but a final mistake leads to a thrilling king hunt.

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM David Vigorito

Blood from a Stone

Matchup: Carter vs. Vigorito
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Endgame
ECO: E09
Opening: Catalan; Closed
Released: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Run Time: 00:28:46

Summary:

A half point behind in the last round, only a win will suffice. My familiar opponent plays rock-solid however, and the game is looking to head for a draw. This game is as much about managing the situation as it is about the moves. Nerves and technique play as big a part as tactics and calculation would in many games. Find the double exclam 'nothing move' that essentially won the game!

Rating:

Member Comments:

Blood from a stone indeed! Lots of interesting points made. Worth listening too another day. By the time I viewed it in the evening it already had 3, 5 star votes. Pretty heavy traffic for CL now a days. I gave it a 4th. Well done David!

- Chesster

View All Comments...


FM Dennis Monokroussos

Another Attacking Gem Against the 3.f3 Anti-Gruenfeld

Matchup: Mikhalevski vs. Akobian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: A65
Opening: Benoni ; 6.e4
Released: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Run Time: 00:00:00

Summary:

This game should be seen in conjunction with the spectacular Najer-Mamedyarov game covered approximately seven shows ago (

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Bill Paschall

The Rise of the Italian Game, Part 2

Matchup: Amin vs. Radjabov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: C55
Opening: Two Knights Defense
Released: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Run Time: 00:24:17

Summary:

Radjabov faces the Two Knights setup with 4...h6, a variation where Black will set up in King's Indian style. In this game, we follow a typical move order until the interesting sequence of 10. Kh8 and 11.a4. Black prepares a kingside attack and white takes space on the queenside. White uses the exchange 15.dxe5 to simplify the game and Black fails to trade knights, which would ease his cramp. In the resulting position, white induces the weakening c5, takes control of the d5 square and later exploits Black's pawn weaknesses. Black's counterattack is too little and too late.

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Valeri Lilov

The Formula of Speed

Matchup: Chakkravarthy vs. Amonatov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Middlegame; Strategy
ECO: B90
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Monday, September 11, 2017
Run Time: 00:15:57

Summary:

The concept of speed appears in the game of every chess player. Often considering it vaguely, we misinterpret its value and let the opponent get ahead with his attack and outplay us. In this lecture, IM Lilov will try to shed some light on how we can determine the speed in our own games!

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


GM Eugene Perelshteyn

A New Idea in the Qc2 Nimzo for White

Matchup: Abdi vs. Perelshteyn
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy; Tactics
ECO: E32
Opening: Nimzo-Indian; Classical
Released: Friday, September 8, 2017
Run Time: 00:17:05

Summary:

In this game White introduces a new idea in the Qc2 Nimzo and Black tries to refute it over the board. The game becomes pretty sharp quickly! Are you able to see all the tactics and answer all the questions? If so, you will win a nice miniature!

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


GM Leonid Kritz

An Interesting Idea in the Najdorf

Matchup: Navara vs. Ponomariov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Tactics
ECO: B90
Opening: Sicilian; Najdorf
Released: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Run Time: 00:12:57

Summary:

An important theoretical idea played by Ponomariov in a famous Najdorf line. White is not afraid of opening the files on the queen side where his king is located, and attempts to put Black under strategic pressure. A very positional game with an unexpected end.

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


FM Dennis Monokroussos

Sutovsky Smashes a Sicilian Sideline

Matchup: Korobov vs. Sutovsky
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: B56
Opening: Sicilian
Released: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Run Time: 00:36:54

Summary:

Emil Sutovsky is a great attacking player, and while he was surprised in the opening by Anton Korobov's unusual 5...Nbd7, any subsequent surprises - at least those of an unpleasant sort - were experienced by Black, not White. Sutovsky won a sparkling miniature on the way to taking first place in this year's strong Karpov Poikovsky tournament.

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Bill Paschall

Petrosian on the King's Indian Attack, Part 5

Matchup: Barcza vs. Petrosian
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: A05
Opening: Reti Opening
Released: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Run Time: 00:25:27

Summary:

Petrosian and Barcza transpose from a Sicilian move order to a King's Indian Attack vs the French Defense. In this game, white gains a space advantage and begins to have threats on the kingside. Black breaks with the risky 25...f6 and the result is a position containing serious pawn weaknesses. Petrosian relies on piece coordination, better pawn structure and king safety to win

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Valeri Lilov

The Opening Trouble

Matchup: Baghdasaryan vs. Azarov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; The Openings
ECO: B97
Opening: Sicilian Defense; Najdorf Variation
Released: Monday, September 4, 2017
Run Time: 00:17:24

Summary:

Many chess players consider it difficult to prove the opponent’s delay in development a failure. This is mostly due to the fact that many chess players are not aware of the right guidelines they should follow when exploiting the opponent’s mistakes. Check out IM Lilov’s lecture to learn more!

Rating: No Rating Yet

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


GM Bryan Smith

Adventures in the PRO Chess League, Part 2

Matchup: Liu vs. Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: Strategy; The Middlegame; The Openings
ECO: C10
Opening: French
Released: Friday, September 1, 2017
Run Time: 00:33:21

Summary:

In part two, Bryan Smith analyzes the third and fourth games for the Philadelphia Inventors against Las Vegas in the PRO Chess League. Rapid games - with 15 minutes per side, plus 2 seconds added after each move - make every game a tense adventure.

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM David Vigorito

Running Interference

Matchup: King vs. Vigorito
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Middlegame; Tactics
ECO: E19
Opening: Queen's Indian ; Old Main Line; 9.Qxc3
Released: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Run Time: 00:26:58

Summary:

An English Opening meets English Defence and turns into a Queen's Indian. Caught off-guard in the opening, I play to just get a sensible position. We quickly end up in an old main line of the Queen's Indian Defense. Although I win the game in the endgame, I missed a great chance to win with an interference theme. Can you find the idea that I missed?

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


FM Dennis Monokroussos

Sometimes the Karpov Variation Isn't Solid Enough

Matchup: Macieja vs. Ponomariov
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Tactics
ECO: E54
Opening: Nimzo-Indian; 4.e3; Gligoric System
Released: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Run Time: 00:42:57

Summary:

The Karpov Variation of the Nimzo-Indian (which can arise through the Caro-Kann as well!) is an excellent repertoire choice for Black, combining both solidity and chances to play for a win. The general theory is also pretty stable, but here as everywhere in chess, new ideas show up from time to time, and Ponomariov used one in this game. Objectively, Black has sufficient resources, but one must figure things out over the board, and at least this time around Black failed to do so. Macieja made a surprising error (or two) and was punished, but even apart from the results of this game there is much we can learn from it.

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Bill Paschall

The Rise of the Italian Game, Part 1

Matchup: Aronian vs. Jakovenko
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; The Middlegame
ECO: C50
Opening: Giuoco Piano
Released: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Run Time: 00:33:34

Summary:

Jakovenko plays a plan with an early a4 which is somewhat rare in the Italian. Aronian plays creatively, and aggressively, first with an early b5 and later with the amazing 24... g5 !! pawn sacrifice to open lines against the White king. In the end , white lost due to the weakness around his king, the move h4 and perhaps the faulty exchange 13.Bxe6 , which opened the f-line as an attacking avenue for Black. Another multifaceted Aronian masterpiece is born.

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...


IM Valeri Lilov

The Problem of Structure.

Matchup: Vitiugov vs. Onischuk
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Middlegame; Strategy
ECO: E11
Opening: Bogo-Indian Defense
Released: Monday, August 28, 2017
Run Time: 00:17:52

Summary:

In many games, people of all levels wonder how is it possible to achieve a more successful pawn structure right from the opening. While the answer is usually quite simple, learning to evaluate it could be very challenging. Let IM Lilov teach you more in this video!

Rating:

Member Comments:

No Member Comments Yet

View All Comments...