Andrew Martin – a full programme

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10/3/2006 – Yakovich-Shabalov from the Isle of Man; Christiansen at his most aggressive; A. Rodriguez fearless in the fantasy Variation of the Caro Kann; four new books from Everyman; the obligatory prize puzzle. Naturally this week's Radio Show by Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin contains the thematic toilet story.

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

We have a full programme in this weeks radio show. We begin on the Isle of Man with the interesting game Yakovich-Shabalov.

Check out 17...Ne3!?

We cross the Atlantic for game two and pick up on Larry Christiansen, who plays as vitally and as aggressively as ever. His Sicilian vs Milman is of particular interest:

18 Qh6N

The final game comes from Sao Paulo and features the fantasy Variation of the Caro Kann. A. Rodriguez is completely fearless:

10 Qxc6!?N

Finally, we review no less than four new books from the prolific Everyman Chess. Oh, and the puzzle below is not quite as straightforward as it might appear. Be prepared for a long solution.

Prize Puzzle

Kostic,B - Spielmann,R, Karlsbad 1911

The game concluded: 1...b4 2.cxb4 Kxb4 3.Kd3 a4 4.Kc2 Kc4 5.Kb2 Kb4 6.Kc2 Kc4 7.Kb2 and draw agreed! This should not have satisfied Black. Why not ?

Entries to by 1900 hrs on the 4th October and see if you can win the prize this week. Congratulations to Luiz Camargo of Bexhill-on-Sea, England, for his win last week.

Solution to last wee's Prize Puzzle

C.M. Bent

White to play and win

1.h7 Kb1 2.h8Q a1Q+ 3.Qxa1+ Kxa1 4.c7 b5 5.c8R!! [5.c8Q? Nc2+! 6.Qxc2 b4+=; 5.Kb4 Nd5+; 5.b4?? Nc4+ 6.Kb3 Nb6] 5...Kb1 6.b4+– intending Rc5xb5 with an easy win. 6.Kb4? Kb2= 7.Kxb5 (7.Rc5 Nc2+ 8.Kxb5 Kxb3) 7...Kxb3. 1-0.

To close: the parable of the two grandmasters

As recommended in the training journals of Edmar Mednis, it is wise to go to the bathroom before the game.

Two eminent Grandmasters were seated in adjacent cubicles, when one of them noticed an abscence of toilet paper. Hearing the click of a pocket set next door he called out:

"Excuse me, do you have any loo paper to spare?"

A voice came back: "Sorry, I'm almost out myself."

"Any newspaper then, magazines?"

"No, nothing at all, I am afraid."

There was a short pause and then with increasing desperation:

"A handkerchief maybe, your tie... I am in very difficult situation."

"Sorry, no."

And then, after a slightly longer pause.

"Well, have you got change for a twenty?".....

The Radio Show will be on time this week: 21:00h GMT / 22:00 CEST on Wednesday, 4th October. See you there!

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture normally begins on Wednesdays at 21:00h CEST (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 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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