GM Bryan Smith

GM Bryan SmithGM Bryan Smith

GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first-ever Grandmaster from Alaska!   You can also find him on Facebook.
FIDE: 2475
TITLE: International Grandmaster



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the_scandinavian_defense_frontAN ANSWER TO THE SCANDINAVIAN DEFENSE

International Master Bryan Smith explains strategies to beat one of the oldest defenses. The Scandinavian Defense (or Center Counter Defense) is a chess opening characterized by the moves: e4 d5 The Center Counter Defense is one of the oldest recorded openings. In this series Bryan shows you his system for giving white more space, better control over the light squares and preventing the game Black is driving you toward.


nimzo_indian_patterns_1_frontNIMZO INDIAN PATTERNS

International Master Bryan Smith explains Nimzo Indian Defense strategies with real games.




modern_themes_in_the_benoniMODERN THEMES IN THE BENONI

The Modern Benoni was invented in 1927 by Frank Marshall at the New York Chess Tournament. Marshall played it twice, first for a draw against Capablanca, and again later losing to Aron Nimzowitch whom labeled the Modern Benoni an “unfortunate extravagance” in his annotations. In the 1950s interest in the system revived, as the King’s Indian Defense gained in popularity among Soviet players and their investigations branched into related opening systems such as the Benoni. The imbalance inherent in the pawn structure of the Modern Benoni and the counter-chances this implies for Black appeals to aggressive players.


kings_indian_masterpieces_frontKINGS INDIAN MASTERPIECES

International Master Bryan Smith explains King’s Indian one of his openings. Bryan -“This opening lends itself to some nice Black wins when black wins. This opening keeps the game complex and makes for very sharp situations or very rich types of games”. Lectures are illustrated with historical games.



keres_flowing_chessKERES FLOWING CHESS

Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Many chess historians consider Keres the strongest player never to become World Champion. He is the only player in history who managed to defeat nine undisputed World Champions.


complex_endgames_frontCOMPLEX ENDGAMES

International Master Bryan Smith takes us through amazing and intricate endgames.  This collection contains lectures on Alekhine’s Defense, Modern Variation, 4…Bg4 and E78 King’s Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3..



a_poisonous_system_against_the_kid_fianchetto_frontA POISONOUS SYSTEM AGAINST THE KID FIANCHETTO

The King’s Indian is an opening, where Black deliberately allows White control of the center with his pawns, with the view to subsequently challenging it with the moves …e5 or …c5. Until the mid-1930s, it was generally regarded as highly suspect, but the analysis and play of three strong Ukrainian players in particular—Alexander Konstantinopolsky, Isaac Boleslavsky, and David Bronstein—helped to make the defense much more respected and popular. It is a dynamic opening, exceptionally complex.


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