Andrew Martin – Catastrophe in Bonn

11/29/2006 – When was the last time the reigning world champion overlooked mate in one? In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture Andrew Martin checks out game two from the Big Match and talk a little about the unique pressure exerted on the human in a man vs machine duel. Come watch it on the server.

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When was the last time the reigning world champion overlooked mate in one? We check out game two from the big match and talk a little about the unique pressure exerted on the human in a man vs machine duel. Of course Game Two was a great performance by Kramnik up to the final, fateful moment, and his use of 3...b5!? is of keen interest to QGA fans.

DEEP FRITZ - Kramnik,V (2750) [D20]
The Duel Bonne GER (2), 27.11.2006
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 b5

Naturally we do not stop there and move across the Atlantic for Vasquez-Ricardi, a fascinating theoretical Najdorf:

Vasquez,R (2519) - Ricardi,P (2504) [B99]
1st Magistral Endesa Santiago CHI (1), 17.11.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.fxg5 Ne5 13.Qe2 Nfg4 14.Nf3 hxg5 15.Bxg5 Bxg5+ 16.Nxg5 Qc5 17.Nh3 Bd7 18.Kb1 b5N

Continuing our world tour we turn up in Germany for a Bundesliga clash between Bischoff and Loffler, a Slav where Black decides the game by direct attack:

Bischoff,K (2533) - Loeffler,S (2448) [D11]
Bundesliga 2006-7 Berlin GER (4), 19.11.2006
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nbd2 Bf5 6.b3 e6 7.Bb2 Nbd7 8.Be2 Ne4 9.0-0 Bd6 10.c5 Bc7 11.b4 Qf6 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Nd2 Qh6 14.g3 Nf6 15.Re1 Rd8 16.Nc4 Qg6 17.Kg2 Ng4 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.cxd6 Rxd6 20.Rh1 h5!

We review in order:

  • Starting Out 1 d4 by IM John Cox
  • Dangerous Weapons Sicilian by GM Emms and IM Palliser
  • Dangerous Weapons Nimzo Indian by GM Emms, GM Ward and IM Palliser

Aand if this were not enough, there's a cute retro puzzle for you to solve and try to win a valuable prize at the same time. Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 20:00h GMT / 21:00h CET on Wed 29th Nov.

An exercise in logic: Who made the last move and what was it?

Solution to last week's puzzle

This is the position after nine moves by both players. All I asked was that you reconstruct the game. Solution: 1.e4 f5 2.Bd3 f4 3.Ne2 f3 4.0-0 fxe2 5.f4 e1Q 6.Qe2 Qxd2 7.Kf2 Qa5 8.Rh1 Qh5 9.Ke1 Qf7. Yes, we are here to improve your chess!

The show starts this week at 20:00h GMT / 21:00h CET and I look forward to the pleasure of your company then. Line

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 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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