Andrew Martin on the 'Greek Gift' sacrifice

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6/27/2006 – All players at whatever level should be fully conversant with the classical Bishop Sacrifice on h7. It is a topic which GM Yasser Seirawan lucidly explains in his latest book. The Radio Show of our Playchess lecturer begins this week by reveiwing this work and deals with a number of other topical games. Tune in.

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All players at whatever level should be fully conversant with the classical Bishop Sacrifice on h7. It is a topic which GM Yasser Seirawan lucidly explains in ' Winning Chess Combinations', which is his latest book. The Radio Show begins this week by reveiwing this work and training in on Quinteros-Seirawan Biel 1985, where Yasser himself had to deal with the shattering 12 Bxh7+:

Quinteros,Miguel Angel (2525) - Seirawan,Yasser (2570) [E11]
Biel Interzonal Biel (12), 1985
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.e4 d6 8.Bd3 Qc7 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.c5 dxc5 11.e5 Nd5 12.Bxh7+

The continuation of this game might surprise you!

Back in the present we jaunt around the world as usual, stopping in Yalta for Rublevsky-Harikrishna 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+

...and Hilversum, where Jan Timman has an accident against Frans Nijboer using his favourite Winawer 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4

Our final game features the blocked centre and specifically the under-rated Czech Benoni 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7

Kuijpers-Hartston demonsrates vintage play by Black and shows just how well an opening set-up can respond if the player has faith in it.

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Rios Filho - Chaves,J, Rio De Janeiro, 2000

This weeks puzzle features a common and very instructive attacking idea.
How does White (to play) crown his assault on the Black King?

Solution to last week's puzzle

Korchnoi,V - Karpov,A

Black to play – what happened next?

Solution: 1...Nf3+! Ouch! 2.gxf3 [2.Kh1 Nf2#] 2...Rg6+ 3.Kh1 Nf2# 0-1

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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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