Monday, October 12 IM Valeri Lilov The Chinese Restriction (strategy)
What is restriction? The art of restriction is knowing how to limit your opponent’s plan and arrange your pieces to accomplish superior activity. The restrictive strategy outlined in the lecture will get any chess player on the road to understanding the base of the restrictive strategy – how to control the chess board from the very opening. Later you will discover many resources to aid in further transformation.
Tuesday, October 13 IM Bill Paschall Boris Spassky’s Spasstacular Attacking Miniatures! Part 1 (tactics, strategy)
A classic Spassky games combining strategy and tactics. Portisch gets carried away in a bad opening and white shows the usefulness of two knights vs two bishops when there are few pawn breaks and or doubled pawns in the position. Cool play by Spassky on offense and defense!
Wednesday, October 14 IM David Vigorito Fortune Favors the Brave (opening, middlegame)
Despite an aging memory I decide to go down one of the sharpest lines in the King’s Indian. After a thematic pawn sacrifice, I have to give up another pawn, and then another, to keep the initiative going. Playing for the initiative at all cost may not always be completely sound, but it gives the opponent practical problems to solve.
Thursday, October 15 GM Leonid Kritz Closed Sicilian – a dead end? (openings)
Friday, October 16 GM Bryan Smith A Repertoire for White in the Ruy Lopez: Part 10 (openings)
In the final part of his series on the Spanish as a repertoire for White, GM Bryan Smith takes on the Open Variation with some uncommon recommendations.