Andrew Martin: Home advantage

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6/6/2007 – Last week our Playchess trainer was in Hamburg, where he met a couple of good ol' friends, grandmasters all of them. what better way to start the radio show this week than with two games from the Hamburg Open. Andrew Martin shows us games by GMs Ftacnik and Berg. See you on the server.

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I met Lubomir Ftacnik last week in the ChessBase offices. It was nice to see him, since the last time was in 1982. He hadn't changed much, and the precision and length of his annotations remains intact.

Apparently some big tournament was going on in the neighbourhood, and so what better way to start the radio show this week than with two games from the Hamburg Open. In the first game we see Ftacnik himself demonstrating his mastery on the White side of King's Indian.

Ftacnik,L (2573) - Engelbert,C (2230) [A41]
10th IHEM Hamburg GER (1), 26.05.2007
1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 e5 5.g3 Nc6 6.d5 Nce7 7.Bg2 h6 8.0-0 f5 9.e4 Nf6 10.Ne1 0-0 11.Nd3 g5 12.f4

Then another old friend, Klaus Berg from Denmark, gets aggressive with his German opponent

Berg,K (2434) - Wendt,J (2342) [E81]
10th IHEM Hamburg GER (4), 29.05.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.0-0-0 b5 9.h4

It is nice to see Klaus playing in this caveman manner. Finally Igors Rausis sticks it to Gehringer:

Gehringer,F (2079) - Rausis,I (2537) [A09]
Stuttgarter Stadtmeisterschaft Gerlingen GER (1), 17.05.2007
1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Na3 a6 4.Nxc4 b5!?

This week's puzzle

Werner Speckmann, Die Schwalbe Theme Tourney, 1st prize

White to play and mate in 11. Be afraid. Be very afraid

If you can solve the puzzle by 20:00 GMT this evening, send me the answer at

Solution to last 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: 1.Qf7+ Kh8 2.Ng6+ hxg6 3.hxg5# .

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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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