Inspiration – taken from the stars

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3/29/2006 – Our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin drew his early inspiration from the games of great players. For this he gives us some "unfriendly" examples – Spassky's devastating win over Smyslov in a Leningrad Nimzo, and the violent battle between Baburin and Nunn in a friendly Irish tournament. Well, at least the competition puzzle is peaceful. Tune into the the Playchess airwaves.

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

We have good days and bad days, and we are all looking for that 'extra dimension' to our play when we are inspired and nothing can possibly go wrong.

I drew my early inspiration from the games of great players, and so to start the Radio Show this week I present one of my favourites, where a youthful Boris Spassky launches a crushing attack against Vasily Smyslov, literally devastating the Black position in a Leningrad Nimzo Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5

We move swiftly forward to 2006 to the Hiungarian Championship, where Ferenc Berkes treats us to another excellent game using the same variation.

And finally Baburin-Nunn from Bunratty, a friendly Irish tournament which has developed into one of the strongest events in the British calender. There was nothing too friendly about White's play in this game!

But at least the competition is very friendly, as you now see below.

What should White play here?

Entries to please. And you are assured of a warm welcome this Wednesday at 19:30 GMT / 20:30 CET on the Playchess airwaves.

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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 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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