Old Guard: Kozul and Ivanchuk's triumphs

4/26/2006 – Zdenko Kozul surprised many by winning the European Championship a week ago. But not our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin, who has known him as a supreme competitor and an aggressive, creative experienced player. Andrew shows us a typical game, as well as one by Ivanchuk from the same event, and a crazy gambit from Denmark.

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

Zdenko Kozul's recent triumph in the European Championship might have come as a surprise to many players, but not to me. He is a supreme competitor and an aggressive, creative experienced player. The radio show begins this week with one of his splendid victories from Kusadasi against Naiditsch in a topical Queen's Indian: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Bb5+

We stay in Kusadasi to admire the technique of Vassily Ivanchuk. The position after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bg2 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ne4 9.Qc2 Nxc3 10.Qxc3 Qb4 11.Qxb4 Nxb4

does not look like much for White, but it is extremely instructive to see how Ivanchuk wins from here.

Then north to Denmark, where they play crazy gambits such as 1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.Nf3 Qb6 5.Qc1 g5 6.Bg3 g4 7.Ne5 Qxd4

a bit like the crazy English. Berg-Aagaard provides light entertainment.

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Solution to last week's problem

Piket,J - Cuijpers,F, Hilversum Aalborg DEN, 1988
(from Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics, New In Chess 2006)


White wins with 1.Re7!

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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 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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