Monday, October 23 IM Valeri Lilov The Concept of Expansion (strategy, middlegame)
The most common advantage in chess is the space advantage. Often many players get to a position where they have a lot of space and control of many squares, but they don’t know how to use them. In this lecture, IM Valeri Lilov provides a good direction on how to plan once we get that kind of advantage.
Tuesday, October 24 IM Bill Paschall A New Idea for Black in the Grunfeld Stockholm Variation, Part 2 (opening)
White fails to gain an advantage against the new 4…c5 in the Grunfeld Stockholm variation. In some cases, play leads to white being up a useless doubled ,isolated pawn with Black having the bishop pair to “compensate” . In other cases, like our example game, white can forget his development and king position and simply get blown away.
Wednesday, October 25 FM Dennis Monokroussos Sac, Sac, Mate! (tactics)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is one of the world’s top players today, but even as a 16-year-old playing in the French Championship a decade ago he was a very strong grandmaster. In this game from that event, MVL played a speculative exchange sac as early as move 10, and kept on sacrificing as the game went on. The sacs may not have been fully sound, but he was able to bamboozle his opponent, the strong GM Robert Fontaine, and Vachier-Lagrave finished the game with a king hunt.
Thursday, October 26 GM Eugene Perelshteyn How to Play with Initiative vs the World Champion Magnus Carlsen (tactics, strategy, endgame)
You don’t often get to play the current World Champion. In this game GM Eugene Perelshteyn faces none other than Magnus Carlsen in round 2 of the super-strong open Isle of Man. Magnus chooses an aggressive Tiger Modern and Eugene is ready to challenge Black’s setup with a strong pawn sac e6! Clearly on the ropes, the World Champ once again proves his superiority with impressive defense and then impeccable endgame skills. Don’t miss this one!
Friday, October 27 GM Bryan Smith 6.h3 Against the Najdorf, Part 1 (tactics)
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.