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5/23/2006 – The finest players in the world are still trying to find the best black defence to the Ruy Lopez. This week our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin takes a game from 1911, where the legendary Jose Raul Capablanca plays 3...Bc5 4.c3 Qf6!, to make life easier for chess players today. Come watch.

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

The finest players in the world are still trying to find the best black defence to the Ruy Lopez. Let us not concern ourselves with this 'high altitude' flying when we can make life easy for ourselves on the ground. So our first game this week returns to 1911 where we see the legendary Jose Raul Capablanca, black, in action with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 Qf6!

Something to think about for 99% of chessplayers here.

Back in the present day Ivan Sokolov spices up the Scotch with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+

An old favourite of Tony Miles.

It is only a few days until 'the ABC of the Caro-Kann' is recorded in Hamburg. Tonight we see a defeat for Black, but tomorrow victory is assured as I take great care to point out all possible improvements for the second player. Sadvakasov's 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.Bc4

is not a dangerous move. I review 'The French Advance ' by IM Sam Collins and we have the usual competition:

White to move. What should the result be with best play by both sides and why? Please send your solutions to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com and an excellent prize could be yours.

We will see you on Wednesday evening at 19:30 GMT / 20:30 CEST.

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.

The Andrew Martin Chess Academy opens today, March 1st 2006. The site offers a personal game annotation service; a regular newsletter written by AMCA staff; the best online tuition in terms of value and quality; a series of tournaments for children aged under 14; all aspects of chess training, including specific opening preparation; an AMCA room at PlayChess.com, where lessons may be held in complete privacy with our expert tutors – all at a time that is best for you at any time of day or night, anywhere in the world. The motto: "Join us, Improve and enjoy your chess!"


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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