Andrew Martin – Lights, Camera, Action

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2/20/2007 – This week's Radio ChessBase Show on comes from Davenport, Iowa, where the temperatures are freezing but the chess action red hot. Using modern technology IM Andrew Martin will bring you pictures, whether you want them or not...

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

The Radio Show comes live from the offices of Thinkers Press, Davenport, Iowa at 2 p.m. local time, 20:00h GMT / 21:00h CET. Using all the technological know-how at our disposal, we hope to have pictures for you, whether you want them or not....

Ivanchuk-Topalov kicks off the show and demonstrates just how lethal Chucky can be given half a chance.

Ivanchuk,V (2750) - Topalov,V (2783) [B90]
XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (2), 18.02.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Na4N

There's a strong open taking place in Morelia, and we move deftly across the levels to take in Tiviakov-Rivera, where 15...b5 looks a bit loose.

Tiviakov,S (2667) - Rivera Rodriguez,J (2135) [B22]
II Int Open Morelia MEX (1), 15.02.2007
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Na3 a6 7.Nc4 Qd8 8.Bg5 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Be7 10.Bd3 Nbd7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Re1 Re8 13.Rxe6 Nc5 14.Re1 Nxd3 15.Qxd3 b5

The week's news would not be complete without some reference to the Aeroflot Open, and so Evdomikov-Petrosian is our final game, an unusual Grunfeld:

Evdokimov,Alexa (2531) - Petrosian,TL (2592) [D71]
Aeroflot Open Moscow RUS (2), 15.02.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.e3 Qa5 9.Ne2 cxd4 10.exd4 e5!?

This week's puzzle

The puzzle revolves around the theme of zugzwang. Can you solve it!

L. Kubbel 1924

It's White to play and win!

Entries on the puzzle to before 20:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Solution to last week's competition

B. G. Laws, 1881, First Prize

White to play and mate in three moves

Solution: 1.Nxd5! Ke4

1...Kg4 2.Qg6+ Kf3 (2...Kh3 3.Qg3#) 3.Nd4#;
1...Kg2 2.Qe2+ Kh3 (2...Kg1 3.Qf2#) 3.Nf4#;
1...Bg2 2.Qc4 Bh1 3.Nh4#

2.Qe6+ Kd3 3.Nb4#. One of Mr Laws classics, with which every composer should be familiar", observes John Keeble in his compilation An English Bohemian: A Tribute to B.G. Laws, 1933).

If I don't freeze to death, see you on the server at the usual time: 20:00h GMT / 21:00h CET this Wednesday!

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture begins on Wednesdays at 21:00h CET (Central European 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.

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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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