Andrew Martin: More reviews – Pirc, Caro and French

5/2/2007 – In the past week our Playchess trainer has been deluged with chess books, and on this Wednesday's radio show, which starts at 22:00h European time, is devoted to discussing key games from those books. We get to see an optimistic Pirc, an obscure Caro Advance and an unusual French. It promises to be a show that Andrew Martin says he would want to listen to himself!

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I have been deluged with chess books this past week, and so I will try to do a few of them justice. Three books from Everyman Chess take up the show this week and I will incorporate games which touch on interesting points made in each of the books. Thus in Game One we pick up Parligras-Jobova of 2004 vintage.

Parligras,Mircea (2549) - Jobava,Baadur (2616)
[B07] EU-ch 5th Antalya (2), 16.05.2004
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.0-0-0 c6 7.Kb1 b5 8.f3 Nbd7 9.e5?!

It's a sharp Pirc where 9.e5?! looks very optimistic. This comes from The Pirc in Black and White by James Vigus.

Game Two is a Caro Advance, where the obscure 4.c4!? is designed to cause confusion. We will look at what WGM Jovanka Houska has to say in her Play the Caro-Kann.

Erdogdu,M (2401) - Ozturk,K (2150) [C02]
President's Cup Rapid Ankara TUR (11), 29.04.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c4!?

Then Game Three which features the unusual 7.Qh5!?, which is discussed in detail by John Watson in his excellent Dangerous Weapons – The French.

Sulskis,Sarunas (2525) - Ly,Moulthun (2307) [C14]
Gibraltar Masters Gibraltar (5), 23.01.2007
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qh5!?

So all in all it promises to be a show I would want to listen to myself!

This week's puzzle

Richard Reti 1928

It's White to play and win.

A famous and very instructive study. Try your hand at the puzzle and then send me the answers to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 20:00 hrs GMT / 20:00 hrs CEST on May 2nd please.

Solution to last week's puzzle

W. Shinkman

It's White to play and selfmate in four moves

Solution: An amusing finish coming up. 1.Ke1 Kc1 2.Nd3+ Kb1 3.Kd2 f2 4.Qd1+ Bc1 mate.

The unexpected double-check at the end is extremely aesthetic.

Please note the show starts at 21:00 GMT / 22:00h CEST this week.

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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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