Monday, December 15 IM Valeri Lilov The Quiet Moves (strategy, middlegame)
Have you ever been carried along in the flow of an attack, relentlessly striking at your opponent, but then finding that you are missing just one little thing? Maybe you should stop and think about it, and you may find a quiet move in the position. Check out IM Lilov’s new video to learn more!
Tuesday, December 16 IM Bill Paschall The Dynamic Exchange Slav (opening , tactics)
Black falls behind in development after pawn grabbing in the exchange Slav. In the key moment , the defense could have maintained the balance, but one slip and GM Berczes wins in 28 moves.
Wednesday, December 17 FM Dennis Monokroussos A Fine Win for One of Magnus Carlsen’s Great Predecessors (middlegame, strategy)
Magnus Carlsen recently said that Reuben Fine was one of the players, along with Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, that he compared himself to. Very high praise! Fine was one of the very best in the world in the 1930s and 1940s, a technically great player who could brutally outplay even his peers at the top of world chess. Fine quit professional chess just before having the chance to fight for the world title, but during his career he produced masterpieces like this one. His opponent, Mikhail Botvinnik, was a future world champion and already at least in the top five in the world, maybe in the top three, but he crushes him like an amateur in this game.
Thursday, December 18 GM Bryan Smith The Creative Play of Baadur Jobava Middlegame (strategy)
In the last year, the Georgian GM Baadur Jobava has emerged as one of the top players in the world as well as a favorite of fans due to his unusual and creative play. Here we will look at his sixth round win over Jan Timman from their recent match, where Jobava shows some unique positional themes and a thematic exchange sacrifice.
Friday, December 19 GM Eugene Perelshteyn Carlsen’s Positional Maneuvering is an Art Form! (middlegame)
Watch and learn how young Carlsen weaves the positional net around Caruana’s solid Slav. Magnus has a remarkable gift to feel where to put each piece! Eventually Black runs out of moves and White executes the central breakthrough.