Andrew Martin – Judit on Top

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10/31/2006 – The tenth Essent tournament came to a climax last Saturday with a dramatic last round. The first game on this week's radio show by Andrew Martin on Playchess features the fluctuating Topalov-Polgar game, which in itself is an object lesson about how to handle hanging pawns. Starting time is 18:15 GMT/19:15 CET this Wednesday.

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Topalov,V (2813) - Polgar,Ju (2710) [E32]
10th Essent Hoogeveen NED (6), 28.10.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 b6 7.Nf3 Bb7 8.e3 c5 9.Be2 cxd4 10.exd4 d5 11.b3 Nbd7 12.0-0 dxc4 13.bxc4

The Open tournament at Essent was also very strong,with many Grandmasters participating. We dip in and pull out Grooten-Van der Wiel; not exactly veterans, but the queens are off on move 11.

Grooten,H (2387) - Van der Wiel,J (2522) [E12]
10th Essent Open Hoogeveen NED (9), 28.10.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Qa4+ Qd7 10.e3 Qxa4 11.Nxa4

However, this is just the prelude to a very interesting game.

Our final game comes from the Chigorin Memorial and is an extraordinary affair,with the Black King wandering around the board from almost the word go.

Rjabzev,K (2406) - Kosyrev,V (2537) [C05]
14th Chigorin Mem St-Petersburg RUS (6), 27.10.2006
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 f6 8.Ng5 fxg5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Bxg6+ hxg6 11.Qxg6+ Ke7 12.Ne4 Ndxe5 13.Bxg5+

This is not everyone's cup of tea, but it is great fun for the spectators!

We review Kasimzhanov's latest Chessbase DVD's and the puzzle awaits your perusal. Answers to by Wednesday 18:00hrs.

M. Keller, 1st Prize, Schweizerische Arbeiter Schachzeitung 1968

White to play and mate in three

Solution to last week's puzzle

Samuel Loyd, 1860

White to play and draw.

Solution: 1.Bd7. The first stage is to force the pawn forwards. 1...h2 2.Bc6+ Kg1 [2...Nf3+? 3.Ke2] 3.Bh1!! Brilliant, but White must be prepared to follow up his idea accurately. 3...Ng2+ 4.Ke2 Kxh1 5.Kf1! Amazingly, the Knight cannot gain a move to drive the White King from f1/f2. Compare this with 5.Kf2?? when after 5...Ne1! 6.Kf1 Nd3 Black wins! ½-½.

See you on the server at 18:15 GMT / 19:15 CET this Wednesday!

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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.

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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