GM Leonid Kritz

GM Leonid KritzGM Leonid Kritz

GM Leonid Kritz was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started playing chess at age of 4, at Spartak Moscow Chess School. Youth World Champion under 16 in 1999, became grandmaster at the age of 19 years in 2003. Participated at FIDE World Cup in 2004, represented Germany at Chess Olympiad 2004, and European Team Championships 2005 and 2007. Co-winner of SPICE Cup 2008 – by that time strongest round-robin tournament in the US history.


FIDE: 2612
TITLE: International Grandmaster

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Latest Lecture:

Sicilian Paulsen 2…. e6-a6-Bc5-Ba7

Matchup: N/A
Skill Level: Intermediate
Category: The Openings; Strategy
ECO: B42
Opening: Sicilian; Kan
Released: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Run Time: 00:17:32

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DVD Collections


slav_defense_with_4..SLAV DEFENSE WITH 4… a6 — A 2 DVD SET

a6 (Chebanenko) Slav

The a6 Slav occurs after 4…a6. Black seeks an early b5, either before or after capturing at c4. Chebanenko Slav Defense aka Chameleon is a current and very popular strategy between players who want a flexible position against 1.d4, or want to disorient White.




KING’S INDIAN: MAIN LINE 9.Nd2, 9.Ne1, 9.b4

GM Kritz outlines several variations of the King’s Indian including 1)  The Mar del Plata variation of the King’s Indian 9. Nd2. No longer as popular as it once was, it is still played rather frequently even at the top levels of chess. The third most popular white move and has been played by contemporary grandmasters Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand.  2)  Orthodox, Aronin–Taimanov 9.Ne1 named for Mark Taimanov vs Lev Aronin Moscow 1952. GM Tigran Petrosian said “ for Kings Indian Players, this game made people think that the King’s Indian was at its demise.  3) The Bayonet Attack 9. b4 which has many forks in the road.