It's ... the Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase Show
I always receive a lot of mail about chess openings, asking for advice on various positions. So I thought I would change the emphasis of the show this week and discuss an opening variation which I find interesting and which has distinct relevance to contemporary theory.
Thus the games will focus on the position after 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nc3!?
I think this is still dangerous for Black, particularly at sub 2400 level. These dangerous variations are quite unjustly ignored in my view and of course 2...d5 has become the main line against 2.f4. I think you will enjoy this debate.
This week's puzzle
It's White to play and selfmate in four moves
White forces Black to mate him, against Black's best efforts to avoid that. An amusing finish coming up. Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy by 20:00 hrs GMT / 21:00 hrs CEST on 18th April please.
Solution to last week's puzzle
Black to play and win
Solution: 1...Rxf3! Destroying the key defender! 2.gxf3 Nd4+ 3.Kh1 [3.Rg2 Nxf3+ 4.Kh1 Rd1+] 3...Nxf3. Simple enough when you see it, infuriating when you don't!
Please note the show takes place at 21:00h GMT / 22:00h CEST this week. See you on the server!
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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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