Sitting on the Top of the World

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6/13/2006 – Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin kicks off this week's show with the highest quality chess imaginable. It's a game between Anand and Topalov, a Berlin Lopez from Leon. Then comes San Marino with a white success in the Sveshnikov. Then Budapest, Yerevan and finally the weekly puzzle. Drop by.

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

Our Radio Show kicks off this week with the highest quality chess imaginable, between Anand and Topalov. It's a Berlin Lopez from Leon: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6

But do not change channels as there is some very instructive endgame play in this encounter.

We bowl over to San Marino for a white success in the Sveshnikov. Check out Areshchenko's 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.g3

We board the Orient Express and head to Budapest to see GM Lukacs in action against 1.d4 c5 2.d5 e5!?

which is a particularly popular opening in speed chess. Then to Yerevan where we see a good system for Black in the 2 c3 Sicilian, something I know a lot of tournament competitors will find very interesting. And finally...

This week's puzzle

Leonid Kubbel

White to play and win

You can send your solution to and while you are there, why not take a look around the website!

Solution to last week's puzzle

O. Wurzburg, 1895

White to play and mate in three

Solution: 1.Bh3!! with the idea that if Black moves the King, White plays Qg4 followed by Qc8 mate. 1...a5 [1...Ka8 2.Qg4 Kb7 3.Qc8#; 1...e4 2.Qg4 e3 3.Qc8#] 2.Qa6+!! Kxa6 3.Bc8#. A classic puzzle. Last week's winner Tim Mc Grew from Kalamazoo in Michigan USA has yet to choose his prize!

See you on Wednesday at 20:30 GMT / 21:30 CEST.

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.

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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 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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