Books, a dangerous Najdorf, et al.

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4/19/2006 – Tonight on Playchess our host Andrew Martin looks at three interesting new books, a dangerous line in the Najdorf, a Nisipeanu loss in the Sicilian and a blistering win in the Centre-Counter. There is also the weekly chess puzzle, to improve your endgame tactical skill. See you on the server.

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There are always plenty of new books to be scrutinised, and on this week's radio show we look at three of the latest offerings:

  • Starting Out, The Sicilian Najdorf
  • Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics
  • Smart Chip from St Petersberg

One line of the Najdorf beginners would be unwise to enter starts 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7!?

Hair-raising complications are the order of the day and in our first game this week from the Danish Championship we see a fascinating battle between three minor pieces and the queen.

Nisipeanu features in the other two games, one a loss in the Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6

from his recent match against Topalov, and then a blistering win as White in the Centre-Counter 1.e4 d5

vs GM Eric Prie.


Piket,J - Cuijpers,F, Hilversum Aalborg DEN, 1988
(fFrom Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics, New In Chess 2006)

White can win instantly. Do you see the elegant move? Entries to please.

Solution to last week's competition:

D. G. McIntyre, Natal Mercury 1917

White to play and mate in three.

1.Bg8!! dxc6 [1...d6 2.Bg1 d5 3.Bh7#] 2.Rf7 Kd5 3.Rf4#

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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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