Life on the Edge

2/28/2006 – "Purists will surely turn away from the Andrew Martin Radio Show this week," writes our Wednesday night Playchess lecturer, who shows us an audacious Anti-Grunfeld weapon, a 1.h4 game, a Leko-Radjabov Sveshnikov from Morelia and a retro puzzle. Come with an open mind.

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

Purists will surely turn away from the Andrew Martin Radio Show this week. First up we investigate 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 h4!?

as audacious an Anti-Grunfeld weapon as you are likely to find. Funnily enough, it's not that bad. We take one further step in the wrong direction to the extremity of the board and see that 1 h4!?

in the hands of the Russian player Vovk, is not quite the joke it looks. Please do not adjust your sets. And then, to finish......the Sveshnikov 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

and Leko-Radjabov from Morelia. Serious players among you can now breathe a sigh of relief. Oh, and the puzzle. Retro seems in so here's another one.

Raymond Smullyan, March 1st puzzle

Neither the white Queen or King has moved over the last ten moves, nor has any piece been captured in that time. What was the last move and why?

Solution to last week's puzzle

Marek Kwiatkowski,
1st Prize, The Problemist 1992

White to play and win

1.a7 (only move: 1.Kg4 Bd4; 1.Bd2 Kxh5) 1...a2 2.Kg4 (2.Bd2 Kxh5; 2.a8Q a1Q 3.Qxc6+ Qf6+=) 2...e3 (2...a1Q 3.Bd2+ e3 4.Bxe3#) 3.Bc3! a1Q (3...Bxc3 4.a8Q a1Q 5.Qf8+ Bg7 6.Qf4#) 4.Bxa1 exf2 5.Bf6!! (5.a8Q f1Q 6.Qxc6+ Bf6 7.Qxf6+ Qxf6 8.Bxf6 stalemate.) 5...Bxf6 (5...f1Q 6.Bg5#) 6.a8Q f1Q 7.Qf8+ Bg7 8.Qxf1. Superb! Full of intricate and difficult play, with distinct similarities to an over the board game. 1-0. [Click to replay]

Come with an open mind and you will be royally entertained. The show starts at 19:30 GMT/20:30 CET this Wednesday.

The Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase lecture begins on Wednesdays at 20:30h CEST (European Central time = server time, which translates to 19:30h London, 2:30 p.m. New York, 04:30 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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