Andrew Martin: Practical vs Best

by ChessBase
8/23/2006 – On this week's Radio Show our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin discusses an excellent recent book by Andrew Soltis on practicality vs purity in the choice of chess moves. The subject is fleshed out with a couple of well-chosen examples from recent games. Come and enjoy the show.

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

The problem of choosing a move features prominently in this weeks radio show, which is back after a holiday break. Should one play practically and settle for a good move or search for the best move?

A excellent recent book by Andrew Soltis addresses this very problem and we take a close look at the subject, using a couple of well-chosen examples to illustrate the key points.

Three games from the recently concluded British Championship in Swansea, Wales, flesh out the show where I commentated for the spectators. Cobb-Hebden is a supreme example of economical defence:

Davies-Haslinger features an obscure gambit in the Reti, where White misses a golden opportunity. Can you spot what to do next?

White to play

Finally Rowson-Pert where the ventual winner is utterly outplayed in a theoretical Slav.

13 Ke2N was an unsuccessful novelty.

The puzzle is quite easy this week so please email your solutions to and see if you can win a prize!

Lowe-Aston, 1981

Black to play and win

Check in to the server at 21:00 GMT / 22:00 CEST this Wednesday and enjoy the show!

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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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