Radio ChessBase: from Aagaard & Shaw to Andrew Martin

11/2/2005 – Our popular Glasgow 3rd Floor Chess Radio is airing the last show of its existence. This is not only because the flat itself has been sold and must be vacated, but also because IMs Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw want to use more time for their own chess enterprises. Taking over is IM Andrew Martin, one of the most entertaining chess teachers around.

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In this week’s show Aagaard will have to justify taking four short draws in his latest tournament in Italy, while his co-host will have to justify his existence.

More importantly, the listeners will be given a brief introduction to defence in chess, with a few examples from Aagaard’s forthcoming book Practical Chess Defence, which will have a cover that looks something like this:

For this show the listeners will be asked to do a little homework (not with a computer, do it yourself) and find the correct defence for Black in the following position, which is “winning for White” according to old analysis by the correspondence player Palevich.

To intimidate the listeners, we should mention that three 12-year-old Norwegians managed to solve it between taking a bite of their pizzas and a sip of their colas.

So tune in to Glasgow 3rd Floor Radio Wednesday the 2nd at 20.30 Central European Time, and defend yourself against the forces of evil.

The final Radio ChessBase lecture by Aagaard and Shaw begins on Wednesday 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 first Radio ChessBase lecture with Andrew Martin will be conducted on the same day at 22:00h CEST (21:00h London, 4 p.m. New York). After that it will be at 20:30h CEST every Wednesday, taking over the slot previously occupied by Aagaard and Shaw.


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.

First Radio ChessBase lecture

The 'Dragondorf' 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6!?

has been seen quite frequently recently, as more and more Black players try to avoid the theoretical labyrinth of the Yugoslav attack main lines. But where did the idea originate? In his first, weekly radio show for ChessBase on November 2nd let Andrew Martin demonstrate. Then fast forward to the year 2005 with some new opening ideas in the Trompowsky and the Scandinavian. A prize competition and a book review complete proceedings.

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.

Andrew Martin: The Trompowsky – The easy way



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