The Portuguese Gambit or Jadoul Variation

12/6/2005 – This opening, which starts with 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4?!, has an enthusiastic worldwide following. In his Wednesday night Playchess lecture chess trainer Andrew Martin will tell us whether all the fuss is justified. He will also look at a popular response to 1.d4 and review an excellent new book. Tune in...

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The Portuguese Gambit or Jadoul Variation in the Scandinavian, 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4?!

has an enthusiastic worldwide following. In this week's Andrew Martin Radio Show we will see whether all the fuss is justified with the help of a recent correspondance game that Martin played himself against WGM Susan Lalic.

The Slav defence has become incredibly popular at all levels of chess, and on the Internet it's the number one response to 1.d4 without any shadow of a doubt. Perhaps this is the influence of Fritz! So we will take a look at Radjabov-Morozevitch Ordix 2005 and in particular the critical position after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 f6 12.0-0 Be6 13.Nxe5 fxe5 14.Bg5!?

where White hits back!

This weeks book review features the excellent 'Knight on the Left, 1 Nc3, by Harald Keilhack' and there will be the usual competition, won last week by Remiguisz Jarzebski from Poznan.

Please note that this week's show will be a little later than usual at 11 pm GMT midnight CET, due to Andrew's work committments. If you can't stay up you can listen to the show (or any previous shows for that matter) for a paltry couple of ducats by going to the Chess Media Room at Play Chess.com

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 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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