Andrew Martin and the Pain of Losing

3/6/2007 – "I don't know about you, but I see a lot of truth in the saying that the pain of losing far exceeds the joy of winning," writes our Playchess.com trainer IM Andrew Martin. "Maybe that's why I'm not as strong as I should be?" Perhaps you would like to discuss the subject with him on his Wednesday night lecture.

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It's ... the Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase Show

We kick off the Radio show this week with one of my own recent defeats in the Scandinavian against the affable Alexander Chernaiev. Black's position was fine for most of the game, as I will show.

Cherniaev,A1 (2473) - Martin,AD (2427) [B01]
4NCL 2006-07 Wokefield Park ENG (8), 04.03.2007
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 e6 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nbd7 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 0-0 13.Bg2 Qc7

More seriously, we then revisit Linares for Morozevich-Leko, where the Hungarian genius is having a hard time.

Morozevich,A (2741) - Leko,P (2749) [E15]
XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (9), 03.03.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qb3 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.e4 c5!?

We close with a heavyweight struggle from the Dutch League.

Sokolov,Iv (2652) - Seirawan,Y (2638) [E11]
TCh-NED 2006-7 Netherlands NED (6), 03.03.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 0-0 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 b6 7.Bg5 Bb7 8.e3 d6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.0-0 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.Bg3 Ne4 13.Bxe4 Bxe4 14.Nd2 Bg6 15.b4 f5 16.f3 Qe7 17.Re1 e5 18.c5!

We also review Igor Khmelnitsky's latest excellent book: The Chess Exam – Tactics.

This week's puzzle


White to play and win

Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 22:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Solution to last week's puzzle


White to play and win

1.Nh4 Kg8 2.Nf3 Kh8 3.Ne5 Kg8 4.Nc6 Kh8 5.Ne7 and the dominance of Knight over Bishop is striking. 1-0.

See you on the server at 22:00h GMT / 23:00h CET this Wednesday.

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Andrew Martin, chess trainer and teacher

He is not some unknown in the world of chess. Andrew Martin was the star commentator in the 2000 London match between Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, and he gained recent international fame and popularity with his live audio commentary on Playchess.com during the FIDE world championship in San Luis.

Andrew is also a prolific chess trainer, not just live in British scholastic circles, but also in a series of training DVDs he has produced for ChessBase, taking full advantage of our Chess Media System. His lively, entertaining style, combined with a good dash of humour, makes any lesson with him a delight to follow.

Andrew Martin is 47 years old and lives in Sandhurst, England, with his wife and four children. His book King‘s Indian Battle Plans for Thinkers Press was an international best-seller.

Each week Martin will cast his eye over the contemporary chess scene, presenting a veritable pot-pourri of interesting topics. We look forward to the pleasure of your company.

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