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On this weeks show: Navara tries a Flank Opening against Shirov and runs into the super-soild Capablanca Variation

Navara,D (2719) - Shirov,A (2715) [A07]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (9), 23.01.2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.0-0 Bg4

If Wijk-aan-Zee is dead, then long live Gibralter! The chess world never sleeps. Game Two features a very sharp Nimzo-Indian:

Sokolov,Iv (2652) - Greet,A (2425) [E21]
Gibtelecom Masters Catalan Bay ENG (1), 23.01.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qb3 c5 6.a3 Ba5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.Bg5 Qb6 9.Qc2 Ne4 10.Qxe4 Qxb2!?

An innovation on move 18 by Greenfeld characterizes Game Three

Adams,Mi (2735) - Greenfeld,A (2556) [C83]
Gibtelecom Masters Catalan Bay ENG (3), 25.01.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Be3 Be7 10.c3 Nc5 11.Bc2 Nd7 12.Re1 Ndxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Bd4 f6 15.Bxe5 fxe5 16.Qh5+ Bf7 17.Qxe5 Kf8 18.Nd2 Bd6

The following play is an excellent example of the merciless technique of Michael Adams.

Then, surprisingly perhaps, comes Game Four, a fascinating Winawer French:

Bellin,R (2381) - Kaidanov,G (2595) [C18]
Gibtelecom Masters Catalan Bay ENG (5), 27.01.2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.Qg4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qc7 9.Ra2!?

A review of Andrew Greet's Play the Ruy Lopez completes a full show and the competition will test your analytical skills.

This week's puzzle

The puzzle this week finds us deep into a game from Dortmund 1974

Gaprindashvili,N - Servaty [B39]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 e5 10.Nb5 0-0 11.Be2!? Qh4 12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Bxd4 Qxe4 14.Bxg7 Qxg2

What happened next? It clearly came as a surprise to poor Servaty. Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 20:00 GMT this Wednesday.

Solution to last week's competition

An extraordinary game in my local league began as follows: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bb7 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5?! 7.Bb3 b4 8.Na4 Bxe4 9.Nc5 Bxg2 10.Rg1 Bc6.

What happened next?

11.Bxf7+! Kxf7 12.Rxg7+!! BANG! 12...Bxg7 [12...Kxg7 13.Nde6+ dxe6 14.Nxe6+] 13.Qh5+ Kf8 [13...Kf6 14.Qf5#] 14.Nde6+ dxe6 15.Nxe6# Morphy revisited!

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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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