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

Go to your homes. Lock all doors. Switch on the computer. Tune into PlayChess. At 19:30 GMT/20:30 CET, Wednesday 21st March 2006. Listen for all messages about the Andrew Martin Radio Show. Starring Shirov, Bologan, Ju Wenjun, Chiburdanidze, Malweld and Movsesian; all games played in the last two weeks. Solve the competition and win a mystery prize. Do not be late. The radio show waits for no man.

This week's puzzle

J. Vandienst (after R. Reti)

White to play and win. Watch out for stalemate!

Last week's puzzle

F.J.Prokes 1925

White to play and draw

The solution to this Chameleon Echo is 1.Bh4!! Bxh4 2.Rxg4 Bf2 [2...Bf1 3.Rxh4 d2+ 4.Ka5 d1Q 5.Rd4+ Qxd4] 3.Rxg2 d2 4.Rg5! d1Q 5.Rd5+ Qxd5 draw. [Click to replay].

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.

Andrew Martin: The Trompowsky – The easy way



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