ChessBase show: Rubinstein-Alekhine, Karlsbad 1911

1/12/2010 – We continue this week with our second look at the chess of the great Akiba Rubinstein, one of the greatest players never to become world champion. Rubinstein was a supreme master in all phases of the game, of course, but his endgame skill was legendary. A lofty claim, but we'll see clear evidence for this in this week's Playchess lecture by Dennis Monokroussos. 9 p.m. EST.

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Playchess training with FM Dennis Monokroussos

His victim in our game of the week was Alexander Alekhine, who would go on to become the fourth world chess champion. Despite the caliber of Rubinstein's opponent, he managed to win a rook ending that remains a model for us today. (I would say that's one of the defining features of Rubinstein's greatness; namely, how often he played games, against players of all levels, that looked as if they were produced by textbook writers to educate the general public.) In this one ending, we see beautiful illustrations of such fundamental endgame ideas as the "do not hurry" rule, the principle of two weaknesses, the process of inducing weaknesses, prophylaxis and the active king. These principles may sound like abstractions, but in his hands these tools look as natural as a baby's smile.


Polish grandmaster Akiba Kiwelowicz Rubinstein

So: to join in the fun, here's what you do. First, log on to the Playchess server at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday night (= 3 a.m. Thursday morning CET). Second, go to the Broadcast room. Third, find Rubinstein-Alekhineunder the Games tab, double-click on it, and you're good to go. Hope to see you there!

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Thursday). You can find the times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date, with exact times for most larger cities here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess:

Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures.


Monokroussos in Mexico: World Championship 2007
 

Dennis Monokroussos is 43, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and has worked as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S. and has reached a peak rating of 2434 USCF, but several long breaks from tournament play have made him rusty. He is now resuming tournament chess in earnest, hoping to reach new heights.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for ten years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.


Playchess Training with IM Merijn van Delft

Everyone is invited to join this weekly training hour on Wednesday evening. Together we will have a look at the most recent grandmaster games. Recurring themes during our analyses and discussions are the latest opening developments and how to work on your own chess.

A word about myself: I was born (March 13, 1979) and raised in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. In 1995 I won the Dutch U16 Championship and played the European Championship in Poland and the World Championship in Brasil. In 1998 I moved to Amsterdam to study psychology and had a great time there. In 2003 I met my wife Evi Zickelbein and ever since we've been living together in Hamburg, Germany. In 2004 I made both master titles: one at the university and one in chess. Since 2005 I've been working fulltime in the chess world: training, coaching, writing, organizing and still actively playing myself. By now I have about fifteen years of experience as a chess trainer. Together with my dad I wrote a book about chess training (Schaaktalent Ontwikkelen), of which the Dutch version is already available and the English version will follow April 2010.

IM Merijn van Delft's lecture starts at 20:00h Central European Time (Berlin, Paris, Rome), which translates to 19:00h London. You can find the times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. The lecture is in the "Broadcast" room of Playchess. It is free for Premium Playchess members (50 Ducats for others).


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