Hell-hound on my trail

7/5/2006 – Tonight, after you have finished watching France-Portugal you may want to find out how demolition man Sergey Tiviakov could win the Dutch Championship with an incredible 9/11 score. To do so, and learn a lot of other things, visit the Radio Show of our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin, which, to accommodate the soccer, starts at 22:00 GMT / 23:00 CEST.

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Demolition man Sergey Tiviakov won the Dutch Championship at a canter with a fantastic score of 9/11. We focus on this other-worldly performance and specifically his win against Loek Van Wely, a reversed Dragon and an effortless game by Black.

Van Wely,L (2655) - Tiviakov,S (2669) [A29]
ch-NED Hilversum NED (9), 27.06.2006
1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a3 0-0 9.b4 Be6 10.Rb1

Emory Tate. The stuff of legends in the USA. Here we see him getting stuffed in the World Open by Vescovi. I like White in the opening after 1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 e6 6.Qe2

But watch and learn!

The best team in the World Cup, Argentina, were ousted by the determined Germans. In sympathy we visit Buenos Aires for Liascovitch-Orsini, an interesting King's Indian:

Liascovich,L (2399) - Orsini,A (2290) [E91]
ITT Club Argentino Buenos Aires ARG (2), 22.06.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.Be3 e5 8.0-0 c6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.c5

A blistering attack by Artur Kogan closes this week's set from a Spanish Open event. This is one not to be missed. Mamedov is the opponent, no patzer!

Kogan,Ar (2563) - Mamedov,Nid (2519) [B67]
II Open Sort ESP (5), 30.06.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.fxg5 Ng4 12.Be2 Nge5 13.Nf3 Be7 14.Rhg1 b5 15.Kb1 Qa5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.g6!!

Try your hand at the competition . You'll certainly learn a lot about R+P endings if you do. Entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com please.

Prize Puzzler I. Bilek
1st prize Magyar Sakkelet 1971

White to play and win (difficult)

A tough study this week where the best analysis submitted will win the prize!

Solution to last week's puzzle

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: 1.Rd4 Rxc3 [1...Nh5 loses quickly to 2.Rxh5 gxh5 3.Qg5+ Kh7 4.Qxh5+ Kg7 5.Qg5+ Kh7 6.Rh4#] 2.Rh4 Anyway. 2...Nh5 3.Rhxh5! gxh5 4.Rg5# The ' Rook lift' was decisive.

It makes sense to me to delay the show this week until 22:00 GMT / 23:00 CEST to allow for France-Portugal. I'm afraid I cannot compete with that!

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture begins on Wednesdays at 21:30h CEST (European Central time = server time, which translates to 20:30h London, 3:30 p.m. New York, 05:30 a.m. Sydney (on Thursday). You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

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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.

Andrew Martin: The Trompowsky – The easy way


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