Andrew Martin – Black is more than okay

10/18/2006 – Black is well on top in this week's Radio show, winning three games to one. Our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin shows us a Poisoned Pawn Najdorf and an Alekine, an attacking game and yet another new move. His message: see you on the server!

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Black is well on top in this week's Radio show, winning three games to one. In Sahl-Georgiev we take a look at the Poisoned Pawn Najdorf ; always interesting.

Sahl,Bj (2364) - Georgiev,Ki (2685) [B97]
ECU Club Cup Feugen AUT (1), 08.10.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Nb3 Qa3 10.Be2 Be7 11.0-0 Nc6 12.Bf3

With 12.Bf3N White fails to cause Black difficulty.

Then comes an amazing attacking game from the World Junior Championships:

Vaznonis,V (2291) - Deepan Chakkravarthy,J (2501) [A26]
WJun Yerevan ARM (1), 03.10.2006
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Nf3 f5 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 0-0 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 h6 12.b5 Ne7 13.Bd2 Be6 14.Ra1 Rb8 15.Qc2 g5 16.Rfc1 f4

Black crashes home with 16...f4. We follow this with a game where Black's Alekhine hits hard:

Jones,G (2416) - Baburin,A (2541) [B03]
Galway Masters Galway IRL (6), 01.10.2006
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Be2 Be7 8.h3 Bf5 9.Be3 0-0 10.b3 Bg5 11.Bxg5 Qxg5 12.g4 Bg6 13.h4 Qf6 14.Qd2 Nxd4 15.g5 Qe5 16.f4 Qc5 17.b4 Qc6 18.Qxd4 Qxh1

We close the set with a lone White win, a game where yet another new move is played:

Serper,G (2513) - Becerra Rivero,J (2546) [E57]
USCL ICC INT (6), 04.10.2006
1.c4 c6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.cxd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nxd5 6.Nf3 e6 7.Bc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.d4 0-0 10.Re1 Nf6 11.a3 b6 12.d5 Na5 13.Ba2 exd5 14.b4!?N

Beware the puzzle this week because it is far more complex than it looks. Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy before 23:00h Wed 18th October.

Prize Puzzle

Motwani,P - Roca, 1986

White has the choice between a) 1.d7+ and b) 1.Qc3+.
Which is the strongest move and why?

The Radio Show this week takes place at the later time of Midnight GMT / 01:00 CEST on Wed/Thurs evening. Please note this one-off change to the schedule. See you on the server!

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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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