Andrew Martin: 'Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war'

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5/28/2007 – William Shakespeare never fails to attract attention and his famous quote could well apply to our first game this week in our Playchess lecture, which comes to you directly from Hamburg on Wednesday at the ungodly hour of 11:00 a.m. Central European Time, in order not to clash with Yasser Seirawan's commentary on the Candidates in Elista. See you on the server.

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William Shakespeare never fails to attract attention and his famous quote, 'Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war', could well apply to our first game this week, where Peter Sowray unleashes a completely new gambit against Arkadi Naiditsch:

Naiditsch,A (2654) - Sowray,P (2317) [B28]
8th ch-Euro Dresden GER (2), 04.04.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.c4 e6!?

We are in Hamburg, always a pleasure, demonstrating the way for Black on DVD against all those damned annoying QP Openings, such as The Trompowski, the Torre Attack, London System, etc.,.etc. In a sneak preview we show you interesting options against the Stonewall:

Godoj,V (2113) - Andersson,U (2528) [D00]
8th ch-Euro Dresden GER (2), 04.04.2007
1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 g6 4.Nd2 Bg7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Qc7 7.Qf3 Bf5

Against the London System:

Fatzer,E (2114) - Cebalo,M (2471) [A46]
Hilton Open Basel SUI (1), 01.01.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 b6 5.Nbd2 cxd4 6.exd4 Bb7 7.Bd3 Be7 8.0-0 d6 9.Qe2 0-0 10.h3 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 12.Rfe1 Re8 13.c3 Bf8

And against the Torre Attack:

Georgiev,Ki (2660) - Ftacnik,L (2573) [D03]
8th ch-Euro Dresden GER (5), 07.04.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 d5 5.e3 0-0 6.b4 a5 7.b5 c5

This week's puzzle

The puzzle will not trouble you, so we want big entry this week!

Volovik-Kozlov, USSR 1987

It's White to play and force mate

Solution to last week's puzzle

For better or worse the game begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 Ba7 7.d4 Nxe4?! 7...b5 8.Bb3 Qe7 is more circumspect. 8.Qd3!? [8.Re1] 8...f5 9.d5 Ne7. 9...Nc5 is answered by 10.Qxf5 d6 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Qh6 when White has a very dangerous attack. 10.Nxe5 0-0

What's the best continuation for White and why?

Solution: 11.d6!! Jamming Black's development. 11...Nxd6 12.Bb3+ Kh8 13.Bg5! With the idea of Bxe7 followed by Ng6+ 13...Rf6 [13...g6 14.Qh3+–] 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qxd6! and Black resigns, as played in Kozurenko-Shvidersky USSR 1965. A rather dashing miniature.

The TV show comes direct from Hamburg this week at the ungodly hour of 11:00h CEST / 10:00h GMT. This translates to 10 a.m. London, 5 a.m. New York, 1 p.m. Moscow (and Elista), 7 p.m. Sydney and 2:30 p.m. Mumbai. You can find the exact time in your location here. The reason for this time change: we don't want to clash with Yasser's commentaries on the Candidates in Elista!

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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.

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