Andrew Martin – First Steps in Defence

10/27/2011 – Everyone knows that attacking in chess is fun, but do you realise that the same can be said about defence? Especially if it is raised to the level of an art, as defined and described by an internationally know chess trainer, IM Andrew Martin from England, who gives us a lot of precious tips that will help you to save many valuable half points. Brand new training DVD.

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First Steps in Defence

Training DVD by Andrew Martin

This new series "First Steps…” is aimed at chess players below 2000 Elo points. The idea of the series is to provide a basic grounding in a variety of subjects, which will assist general all-round improvement.

In ‘First Steps in Defence’, Andrew Martin treats the viewer to a selection of classic games and lays out a foundation course in the art of defending. Key thinking points reinforce the analysis and the games. The author shows that defence can be fun, and he gives a lot of precious tips. Tricks such as perpetual check or the exchanging of pieces play a decisive role, and examples which involve somewhat passive but solid positions are presented.

The DVD is designed to be as easy to understand as possible. Video running time: 3 hours 16 min. System requirements: Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, DVD drive, mouse, sound card.

Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of International Master. He has won various national and international tournaments and has been playing for years in the Four Nations Chess League, at present (July 2009) for Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher, previously for the Camberley Chess Club. Martin received his IM title in1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton. Martin was a commentator on the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000.

On the 21st February 2004 Martin set a new world record for simultaneous chess. He faced 321 chess players at the same time. His result was: 294 wins, 26 draws and only one loss. Martin is known as a professional chess teacher and head trainer of the English youth team. He trains eight schools (Yateley Manor, Aldro, Millfield, Sunningdale, Waverley School, St Michael’s Sandhurst, Wellington College, Salesian College). Martin is a chess columnist, an author of chess books and the author of various instructional videos. He was the publisher of the series Trends Publications. Martin lives in Sandhurst, England, is married and the father of two daughters and two sons. His present Elo rating is 2423 (as of July 2009).

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