Monday, April 18 IM Valeri Lilov Simple Chess (middlegame)
How do play simple and successful at the same time? The answer to this question is the key to the wins of almost every strong master in the modern chess. Check IM Lilov’s new lecture to learn more!
Tuesday, April 19 IM Bill Paschall The Changing of the Hungarian Guard (strategy, endgame)
The top player in Hungary is no longer a Polgar, Leko, or Almasi. Richard Rapport has surpassed the other top Hungarians. Using a creative approach in the openings, a great positional sense, and excellent technique, Rapport is now a top player and a force to be reckoned with. In the following game, facing one of the best players in the world; Levon Aronian, Rapport puts all of his skills on display! White punishes blacks strange setup with 6… Nc6 in the opening and outplays Aronian to win a pawn. After some inaccuracies and some tough defense by Aronian, Rapport converts a beautiful endgame win with bishop vs knight.
Wednesday, April 20 FM Dennis Monokroussos Even White Needs to Develop in the Opening
Sargissian-Li Chao: Even White Needs to Develop in the Opening. (Tags: ) It is a truism that Black especially needs to develop rapidly to stay out of trouble, at least in the Open Games. But while the burden may be less severe on White in the Closed openings, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. In this game between two 2700+ level players, White got himself in trouble as early as move 6. Black had to play brilliantly to prove the advantage, and did so until the last hurdle. White escaped with a draw, but it wasn’t easy!
Thursday, April 21 GM Leonid Kritz A Quick But Effective Tactical Fight (strategy, tactics)
This game went off the traditional paths right away and went into some type of complicated strategic and tactical jungle. It seemed that White should be better, but in fact a couple of brilliant moves by Howell destroyed the whole logic of White’s construction and brought him a fully deserved point.
Friday, April 22 GM Eugene Perelshteyn How To Win In An Equal Endgame When Your Opponent Has No Plan (endgame, strategy)
Are plans important in the equal-looking endgame? This game is a perfect illustration what happens when you play without a plan. Black made logical-looking moves and found himself in a difficult position. Why? Because he failed to anticipate White’s plan and had no plan of his own. As a result he fell apart rather quickly after making two active moves… A must watch for all players who need to improve their endgame skills!