Inside the World Championship

5/9/2006 – Have you ever wondered what exactly goes through the minds of the players at the highest level of chess? What the tactics are when the tension is high, what they see, how they plan. On Wednesday night our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin tells it with two games between Petrosian and Spassky.

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

This weeks radio show transports us back to 1966 as we examine two key games from the World Championship match between Petrosian and Spassky. Both are superb fights and we can learn a lot from them.

This will be a remarkable week for reviews. No less than four of the latest products from Chessbase go under the microscope. In order:

  • Shirov on the Sicilian (DVD)
  • Karsten Muller on Endgames for Beginners (DVD)
  • Mr Kasparov meets the Najdorf (Vol 2, DVD)
  • Bangiev suggests an opening repertoire for Black based on ...g6,...Bg7 and an early ...c7-c5 (CD ROM)

We then move to a typical Shirov effort, recently played against Naiditsch, and a final game which gives a flavour of the Bangiev repertoire, just to add an edge to the reviewing.

Maybe you'd like to win one of these products? Then why not enter our competition below. The solution this week is long, but eminently solvable for practical players.

Addison,W - Evans,L, USA Ch 1966

White to play and win

Solution to last week's problem

E. L. Pogosiants, 1979

White to play and win

Solution: 1.Nb6+ Bxb6 2.Kc4!! Rxa6 [2...Rxb5 3.Bxb5+ Ka5 4.b4#; 2...Bc5 3.b3+ Ka3 4.Rxa5++–] 3.Rb4+ Ka5 4.b3! Nc3 5.Ra4+ Nxa4 6.b4# Ouch! What a finish!

I look forward to the pleasure of your company this Wednesday at 20:30h / 21:30h GMT/CEST. I'm looking forward to it already!

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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