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Commentary and lessons from recent tournaments

5/3/2013 – "Modern Benoni crash and burn", "Undogmatic" and "A sharp Najdorf" are the titles of three video broadcasts by chess trainer IM Andrew Martin, who has recorded a mini-series of topical games from the top events of the last few weeks. Martin does not just provies analytical dissection, but explains in wonderfully instructive language the ideas behind the games and openings. Learn and enjoy.
 

Grand Prix Zug: Modern Benoni crash and burn

Veselin Topalov vs Sergey Karjakin in round eleven

Alekhine Memorial in Paris: Undogmatic

Peter Svidler vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in round five

A sharp Najdorf

Zoltan Almasi vs Petala Harikrishna in the Capablanca Memorial


Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of International Master. He has won various national and international tournaments and has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his IM title in1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.

On the 21st February 2004 Martin set a new world record for simultaneous chess. He faced 321 chess players at the same time. His result was: 294 wins, 26 draws and only one loss. Martin is known as a professional chess teacher and head trainer of the English youth team. He trains eight schools (Yateley Manor, Aldro, Millfield, Sunningdale, Waverley School, St Michael’s Sandhurst, Wellington College, Salesian College). Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications. Martin lives in Sandhurst, England, is married and the father of two daughters and two sons. His present Elo rating is 2423 (as of July 2009).


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