Monday, June 22 IM Valeri Lilov The Key of Opened Positions (strategy)
Playing opened positions is tricky because of the multiple attacks and different threats that exist for each side on a regular basis. Check IM Lilov’s new video to learn a few tricks to outplay your opponent!
Tuesday, June 23 IM Bill Paschall Miles on Hypermodernism, Part 2 (openings)
Miles lures the solid Farago into unfamiliar territory. The English Defense was pioneered by Miles and other English grandmasters during the 1970’s. In this example, white makes too many pawn moves and slowly becomes overextended and weakened on the long diagonal h1-a8. Also of note is the relative weakening of the white king’s position. This game is a textbook hypermodern win for black. The endgame technique is simple and accurate ; as was the standard for GM Miles.
Wednesday, June 24 FM Dennis M. Great Tragedies in Chess History, Part 3 (openings)
Paul Keres was one of the greatest players never to become world champion. Four times he came in second in Candidates’ tournaments (in 1953, 1956, 1959 and 1962), and in 1962 he was heart-breakingly close, finishing just half a point behind Tigran Petrosian. Tied for first entering the penultimate round Keres faced Pal Benko, whom he had defeated seven times in a row. Seemingly a perfect setup, but…you can guess what happened. He had good chances to win in the last round as well, against the young Bobby Fischer, which would have brought him into a tie for first with Petrosian and a subsequent playoff. As we’ll see, it was not to be.
Thursday, June 25 IM David Vigorito And Now for Something Completely Different (openings, middlegame)
In this lecture we take a look at what is practically a brand new opening system. It is part English Opening, part King’s Indian, and part Queen’s Indian! Black can easily add this system to an existing repertoire, at least as a surprise weapon.
Friday, June 26 GM Bryan Smith The Clear Play of Bobby Fischer, Part 6
As black in a 1966 game against Jan Hein Donner, Fischer showed that even such a complex and dangerous opening as the King’s Indian Defense can be played in a clear and simple way.