December 8, 2014 | Posted in Chess Lectures | By

Monday, December 8 IM Valeri Lilov Fischer’s Game Secret, Part 1 (middlegame)
Bobby Fischer is certainly one of the greatest players who ever lived. Yet, many chess players wonder how he was able to play so strongly that his opponents couldn’t even survive his attacks. The secret of Fischer’s play is a subject that may help many to understand the real way to chess improvement!

Tuesday, December 9 IM Bill Paschall Grischuk Dominates Petrosian Memorial (middlegame, tactics)
The Reti Opening (1.Nf3) is becoming increasingly popular, both as a way of transposing to certain 1.d4 openings and to the English while trying to cut out some of Black’s options and as an opening in its own right. As a sort of public service to my beleaguered brethren, I offer what I hope will be a useful idea to those of you who face this opening and need some tools. Specifically, the …c4 pawn sac used in this game and in a companion game by the great Russian/German grandmaster Artur Yusupov gives Black a nice way to fight for the initiative, both strategically and tactically. Have a look, and be encouraged!

Wednesday, December 10 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Useful Idea Against the Reti (openings)
The Reti Opening (1.Nf3) is becoming increasingly popular, both as a way of transposing to certain 1.d4 openings and to the English while trying to cut out some of Black’s ptions and as an opening in its own right. As a sort of public service to my beleaguered brethren, I offer what I hope will be a useful idea to those of you who face this opening and need
some tools. Specifically, the …c4 pawn sac used in this game and in a companion game by the great Russian/German grandmaster Artur Yusupov gives Black a nice way to fight for the initiative, both strategically and tactically. Have a look, and be encouraged!

Thursday, December 11 GM Bryan Smith A Wild King’s Gambit (openings, tactics) 
In the 2013 Tromso World Cup, Alexander Shimanov faced a must-win situation against Gata Kamsky. So he brought out the King’s Gambit, and hilarity commenced. Here we will see this exciting and dramatic game, along with some analysis of the King’s Gambit with 3.Bc4.

Friday, December 12 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Beating the Nimzowitsch Defense and Scandinavian Qa5 & Nc6 Variation  (openings)
Punish the Nimzowitsch defense by transposing into a favorable Scandinavian, where the c6 knight is misplayed. Once you learn the tricky a3,Rb1,b4 plan — Black’s setup is virtually refuted!