Andrew Martin – Wijk aan Zee treasures

1/23/2007 – In this week's Radio ChessBase Show on Playchess.com Andrew Martin stays with the Super-GM tournament in Holland, where the temperate climate, he feels, is yielding particularly attractive and aggressive chess. Be there and feel the heat.

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

The Radio Show stays in Wijk-aan Zee this week, where the temperate climate is yielding particularly attractive and aggressive chess. In Game One we meet the King's Indian again and Radjabov willing to gamble with 6...b5!? 7 Nxb5 Ne4

Navara,D (2719) - Radjabov,T (2729) [E61]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (5), 18.01.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.Bg5 c5 6.d5 b5 7.Nxb5 Ne4

Can this really be sound?

Game Two sees Svidler's Grunfeld working overtime:

Motylev,A (2647) - Svidler,P (2728) [D70]
Corus A Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 21.01.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 f5!

Is this the refutation of 3.f3?

Finally Vachier Lagraeve-Bologan and an interesting advance Caro featuring the Modern 4.Be3!?

Vachier Lagrave,M (2573) - Bologan,V (2658) [B12]
Corus B Wijk aan Zee NED (6), 19.01.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Be3

This week's puzzle

An extraordinary game in my local league began as follows

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bb7 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5?! 7.Bb3 b4 8.Na4 Bxe4 9.Nc5 Bxg2 10.Rg1 Bc6.

What happened next?

Entries on the puzzle to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com before 2000 GMT on the 24th Jan please.

Solution to last week's competition

N. A. McLeod

Series helpmate in six

1...Qh8, 2...Qa1, 3...Rh8, 4...Rh1, 5...Bc6, 6...Bg2 after which White triumphantly plays Bxg2 mate!

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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 Playchess.com 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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