A New Year with chess trainer Andrew Martin

1/3/2007 – We start 2007 with an Andrew Martin Radio show directly from the ChessBase studio in Hamburg. Our chess trainer interviews Frederic Friedel for a second time – the first was sixteen years ago. After that there are games and a puzzle to discuss. The show starts at 15:30 GMT/16:30 CET on Wednesday, January 3rd. See you on the server.

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It's ... the Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase Show

It was 16 years and three months since I last conducted an interview with Frederic Friedel, a co-founder of ChessBase. The place was Lyon, France, the backdrop the Kasparov-Karpov world championship match. That particular conversation went straight into the bulletin for worldwide consumption.

We switch to Hamburg 2007 and its time to catch up on ChessBase as it stands today and some of Frederic´s adventures over the years. Should make fascinating listening!

Whilst this will take up the bulk of our show,we still have some chess for you.

Williams,Si1 (2473) - Rudd,J (2310) [E73]
Masters Hastings ENG (3), 30.12.2006
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 c6 7.h3 Nbd7 8.g4 a6 9.f4

Naumkin,Igor (2479) - Miladinovic,Igor (2611) [A56]
Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme (8), 11.11.2004
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Nf8 8.0-0 Ng6 9.g3 a6 10.Be3 Bh3 11.Re1 Ng4 12.Qa4+ Kf8 13.Bd2 h5

This week's puzzle

The competition this week comes from the intersting new book: Boris Spassky – Master of Initiative.


Find the move that draws

Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 16:30 CET on Wednesday 3rd January please.

Solution to last week's competition

Timman,J - Yusupov,A, Amsterdam 1994

White to move. Assess 1.Rxg6

Solution: 1.Rxg6! This is the surest way to a draw! Kxg6 2.Kg2 Kg7 3.Kg1! Importantly, White keeps the distant opposition. 3...Kf7 4.Kf1 Ke6 5.Ke2 Kd5 6.Kd2 Kd6 7.Kd1! Kc5 8.Kc1! Kb5 9.Kb1 Ka5 10.Kc1 (please, not 10.Ka1?? f4) 10...Kb4 draw agreed. Congratulations to Ben Vinyard from New Jersey,last week´s winner.

Please note that this week's show begins at 15:30 GMT/16:30 CET on Wednesday, 3rd January. See you on the server!

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture begins on Wednesdays at 21:00h CET (European Central time = server time, which translates to 20:00h London, 3:00 p.m. New York, 05:00 a.m. Sydney (on Thursday). You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

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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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