Late again: the Andrew Martin Radio Show

7/14/2006 – The Radio Show of our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin is running very late this week, but the good news is that it will take place this Friday evening, at 22:30 GMT 23:30 CEST, with special guest GM Nigel Davies. This will be a one-off spontaneous experience! Don't miss it!

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

The Radio Show is running very late this week, but the good news is that it will take place this Friday evening, at 22:30 GMT 23:30 CEST, with special guest GM Nigel Davies. This will be a one-off spontaneous experience! Don't miss it!

Oh, and try to sove the puzzle below; entries to andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com Line

W.B Rice, Rio De Janeioro 1915, first prize

White to play and mate in two

Please do not ask to reconstruct the moves leading to this position!

Solution to last week's puzzle

Prize Puzzler I. Bilek
1st prize Magyar Sakkelet 1971

White to play and win (difficult)

Black is trying to give up his Rook for White's h-pawn and therefore 1...Rh8 must be prevented. White's first move is forced. 1.Rg8! [1.Rg4+? is a pointless check, merely pushing Black's King into a better position: 1...Ka3 2.Rg8 Rc1 3.Rg5 Rc8 4.Rxb5 a4 5.Rg5 Rh8 draws. White's King is too far away.] 1...Rc1 [1...Rc6+ 2.Kg5 Rc5+ 3.Kh4 Rc1 4.Rg4+ Kc5 (4...Kb3 5.Rg3+ Kb2 6.h8Q+) 5.Kh5] 2.Rg4+ Ka3 3.Kh5 Rc8 [3...Rc5+ 4.Kh4 Rc8 5.Rg8 Rc4+ 6.Kg3 Rc3+ 7.Kf2 Rc2+ (7...Rh3 8.Rg3+) 8.Ke3 Rh2 9.h8Q Rxh8 10.Rxh8 Kb2 11.Kd2 b4 (11...a4 12.Rb8 a3 13.Rxb5+ Ka1 14.Kc3 a2 15.Rh5+-) 12.Ra8 b3 13.Rxa5 Kb1 14.Kc3 b2 15.Kb3! (15.Rb5 Ka1) 15...Kc1 16.Rc5+ Kb1 17.Rh5 Ka1 18.Ra5+ Kb1 19.Ra2+-] 4.Rg8 Rc1 5.Rg3+! [5.Kg4? Rh1 6.h8Q Rxh8 7.Rxh8 b4 8.Kf3 b3 9.Ke2 b2 10.Rb8 Ka2=] 5...Ka2 [5...Ka4 6.Rg4+ b4 7.h8Q Rh1+ 8.Rh4] 6.Kh4 Rc8 7.Rg8 Rc1 8.Rg2+ Kb1 9.Kh3 Rc8 [9...Rc3+ 10.Kh2 Rc8 11.Rg8 Rc2+ 12.Kh1] 10.Rg8 Rc1 11.Kh2 Rc2+ 12.Kh1 Black is out of moves. A splendid example of technique and accuracy. 1-0. [Click to replay]

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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