Andrew Martin – Chess in Bulgaria

10/11/2006 – It is doubtlessly thriving, and doubtlessly thanks to the Bulgarian World Champion Veselin Topalov. Our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin pulls out a fascinating Old Indian from the national team championship this week's show. See you on the server!

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Chess in Bulgaria is thriving, doubtless thanks to the inspriational example of Veselin Topalov. We begin this week radio show by dipping into the recent Bulgarian team championships and pulling out a fascinating Old Indian, where no quarter is given or expected.

Ivanov,Jo (2370) - Bojkov,D (2445) [A54]
56th TCh-BUL Sunny Beach BUL (3), 07.10.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4

Moving on, we review Alexei Shirov's treatment of the Classical French from the European Club Cup.

Shirov,A (2716) - Prusikin,M (2557) [C14]
ECU Club Cup Feugen AUT (1), 08.10.2006
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qd2 a6 8.Nd1

Check out 8.Nd1!?, first seen in Pillbury-Showalter New York 1898!

We review CBM 113, there's an easy prize puzzle to be devoured and we close with a critical line of the Benko:

Prize Puzzle

Kozlov,R (2337) - Zarkua,D (2411) [A58]
WJun Yerevan ARM (5), 07.10.2006
1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.g3 g6 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Rb1

What should Black play against this?


Competition entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com by 20:00h GMT this Wednesday. Best of luck! This weeks radio show will take place at the normal time of 21:00h GMT / 22:00h CET. 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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