Love is on the air...

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11/29/2005 – In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture chess trainer Andrew Martin takes a look at one of the most intense and bizarre matches in chess history. No love was lost between Korchnoi and Spassky in their 1977 candidates match, and their contributions to the openings won't be lost either. Tune in and turn on.

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Andrew Martin writes:

This week we go back to Belgrade 1977 to revisit one of the most acrimonious chess matches of all time. "Full-on aggro" would be a better way of describing the atmosphere surrounding Spassky-Korchnoi, but of course this was great entertainment for the spectators. Do you remember the poker visors or the boxes offstage? The four wins in a row and then the four losses in a row? The war of hateful words? The two players looking like extras from "The Man with X-Ray eyes"?

Yes, this was the golden age of matchplay and in this week's radio show Andrew Martin takes a look at one of the many important opening developments in the French Defence from that match eg

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 bxc3 Ne7 7 Nf3 Bd7 8 dxc5!? (diagram) and tries to see if White's 8th move has any relevance today.

GM Nigel Davies has just produced an excellent book which suggests a repertoire for Black with 1 e4 e5. The second half of the show features a game with the deceptively dangerous 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 Nc3!? (diagram)

An old move recommended by London player Len Pickett back in the 1970's. Martin reviews the book and takes a closer look at Davies' sharp suggestion against this line.

The competition last week was won by Marten Rosselli of Frankfurt. Tune in for your chance to win a nice prize at 1930 GMT or 2030 CET on Wednesday evening.

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.

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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