A world tour shows: White is most definitely okay!

7/18/2006 – On this week's Radio Show we travel all over the world with our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin: to Norway for Carlsen-Agdestein, Andorra for Spraggett-Sethuraman, Montreal, for Khassanov-Moissenko, and Paris for Fressinet-Drasko. This eclectic mix is accompanied by the usual puzzle. Join the trip!

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

We travel all over the world this week in the Andrew Martin Radio Show stopping in :

  • Norway, for Carlsen-Agdestein:

  • Andorra, for Spraggett-Sethuraman:

  • Montreal, for Khassanov-Moissenko:

  • and Paris, for Fressinet-Drasko:

This eclectic mix is accompanied by the usual puzzle which you are at liberty to solve and the winner of which will be announced on the show.

Razuvaev,Y - Kupreichik,V [A27]
PRIZE PUZZLE Rio De Janeioro
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 f5 4.d4 e4 5.Bg5 Nf6 6.d5 exf3 7.dxc6 fxg2 8.cxd7+

A complicated position. What should Black play next and why?

Solution to last week's puzzle

W.B Rice, Rio De Janeioro 1915, first prize

White to play and mate in two

Solution: 1.Rd8! idea 2.Qe7 mate 1...Rc5 2.Rh7#. Variations:

1...Rd5 2.Rxc6#;
1...Bd6 2.Qxd6#;
1...b5 2.Qa5#;
1...c5 2.Nb5#

A remarkable number of different move replies by Black to 1.Rd8 and every mate seperate. A first-rate achievement!

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture begins on Wednesdays at 21:30h CEST (European Central time = server time, which translates to 20:30h London, 3:30 p.m. New York, 05:30 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.

The Andrew Martin Chess Academy opens today, March 1st 2006. The site offers a personal game annotation service; a regular newsletter written by AMCA staff; the best online tuition in terms of value and quality; a series of tournaments for children aged under 14; all aspects of chess training, including specific opening preparation; an AMCA room at PlayChess.com, where lessons may be held in complete privacy with our expert tutors – all at a time that is best for you at any time of day or night, anywhere in the world. The motto: "Join us, Improve and enjoy your chess!"


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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