Andrew Martin – Down and Dirty on the Grid

by ChessBase
11/21/2006 – In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture Andrew Martin shows us two games from the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack, one with the sleeping Petroff, and a virtuoso endgame performance from his old friend Bruno Carlier. The puzzle is one in which your chess engine cannot help. See you on the server.

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


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

Two games from the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack show this controversial variation in contrasting light.

Chandler,M (2540) - Schenk,An (2512) [B23]
4NCL 2006-07 Coventry ENG (3), 11.11.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.0-0 e6 7.d3 Nge7 8.Qe1 0-0 9.a3

White's 9.a3!? works out wonderfully, but perhaps he only got the chance for this luxury because Black played 2...d6.When Black delays ...d7-d6, the variation is less effective , as we come to understand when we view

Gantsevich,A (2034) - Nadjezhdin,D (2238) [B23]
Petersburg Autumn St Petersburg RUS (2), 01.11.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.f5 Nge7 7.fxe6 dxe6 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3 Na5

Black's position after 9...Na5! shows the difference.

Beware the sleeping Petroff, as David Navara finds to his cost against Rabiega.

Navara,D (2725) - Rabiega,R (2529) [C42]
Bundesliga 2006-7 Berlin GER (3), 18.11.2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nc4

4.Nc4 turns out to be less than inspiring.

Then a virtuoso endgame performance from my old friend Bruno Carlier. He starts with his usual rubbish

Carlier,B (2451) - Retera,J (2281) [A05]
TCh-NED 2006-7 Netherlands NED (1), 23.09.2006
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.d3 Be7 6.e4 d5 7.e5 Nfd7 8.c4 dxc4 9.dxc4 Nc5 10.Nd4 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Qc8 12.Qf3 Qb7 13.Qxb7 Nxb7

After 13...Nxb7 it just gets better and better for White. I seem to recall the puzzle position this week might have been inspired by another of Carlier's games, but I'll have to check on that.

This is the position after nine moves by both players. All I ask is that you reconstruct the game. Answers to by 19:00h GMT, Wed 22 November please. You cannot use your engines for this one so I hope you do not feel exposed.

Solution to last week's puzzle

Florencio Mendes de Morales

White checkmates in seven moves using his trio of queens, but ONLY on the a-file. You have a choice on the first move, but then all the other six moves have to be exact.

An offbeat puzzle which is not as easy as it might first appear. The solution: 1.Qa4 (or 1 Qa3) 1...Kg8 2.Qa1 Kf8 3.Q1a2 Ke8 4.Q2a3 Kd8 5.Q6a4 Kc8 6.Qa8+ Kc7 7.Q4a7#. I am sure that you will find this exercise useful when you next come to play over the board.

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.

The Andrew Martin Chess Academy opens today, March 1st 2006. The site offers a personal game annotation service; a regular newsletter written by AMCA staff; the best online tuition in terms of value and quality; a series of tournaments for children aged under 14; all aspects of chess training, including specific opening preparation; an AMCA room at, where lessons may be held in complete privacy with our expert tutors – all at a time that is best for you at any time of day or night, anywhere in the world. The motto: "Join us, Improve and enjoy your chess!"

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.

Andrew Martin: The Trompowsky – The easy way

Reports about chess: tournaments, championships, portraits, interviews, World Championships, product launches and more.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register