Andrew Martin's Olympiad Special

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6/6/2006 – The Olympiad in Turin has just finished – a feast of chess, with virtually all the top players in the world giving their best. Our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin pick four exciting and theoretically intersting games of this week's lecture.

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There were many excellent games that could have been chosen from the Turin Olympiad to be included in this week's radio show. Here was a feast of chess with virtually all of the top players in the world on view. We have settled for an entertaining and balenced slection.

We kick off with a triumph of home preparation. Check out Aronian's 11 Nf7!! which demolished Navara at a stroke!

Aronian,L (2756) - Navara,D (2658) [E17]
37th Olympiad Turin ITA (11), 02.06.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Bd2 f5 8.Qc2 Bf6 9.Ne5 d5 10.cxd5 Nxc3 11.Nf7!!

Nielsen-Kamsky is a 4...a6 Slav, particulalry interesting to me as I spent half of last week talking about this line in Hamburg.

Nielsen,PH (2646) - Kamsky,G (2671) [D15]
37th Olympiad Turin ITA (8), 29.05.2006
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.c5

The last move, 5.c5, introduces a critical variation.

Is the Petroff (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6) dull. Not in the hands of Bologan and Charbonneau, who provide us with an uncompromising battle:

Bologan,V (2666) - Charbonneau,P (2510) [C42]
37th Olympiad Turin ITA (13), 04.06.2006
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Ne5 10.Kb1 Re8 11.h4N

Then we close with the following:

Grischuk,A (2719) - Nogueiras,J (2556) [C11]
37th Olympiad Turin ITA (12), 03.06.2006
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.Na4 Qa5+ 9.c3 In this French Black elects to block with 9...c4!?, a common enough move, but can this really be good?

This week's puzzle

O. Wurzburg, 1895

White to play and mate in three

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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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