The Weekly Show: Maghsoodloo brilliancy

by Lawrence Trent
7/9/2019 – IM Lawrence Trent tackles the Leon Masters performance of Iranian World Junior Champ Parham Maghsoodloo, who took down Vassily Ivanchuk in a four-game rapid match. Free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase Basic Account. You can register a free 90-day account to watch.

The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4 The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4

Welcome to the Bombastic Bird's, a revolutionary repertoire for one of the most enterprising and underrated openings in chess theory (1.f4). In this series, IM Lawrence Trent uncovers a number of groundbreaking theoretical novelties and new ideas that will soon have scorners of this romantic system regretting they ever doubted its soundness.


Leon Masters

Each week, I bring you the latest trends, games and combinations from elite chess tournaments on Tuesday at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST, 12 Noon EDT).

This week a brilliant game from the World Junior Champion Parham Maghsoodloo that was key to his match victory over Vassily Ivanchuk at the Leon Masters rapid tournament.

But first, a warm up:


Black to play and win

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Lawrence Trent's latest

Read a recent review of Trent's previous FritzTrainer on the "Baffling b3 Sicilian"!

The Baffling 2.b3 Sicilian

Make life difficult for the Sicilian! 2.b3 is a thoroughly venomous but still solid kind of "Anti-Sicilian". No matter what setup black chooses, the bishop on b2 will always be unpleasant for him.


Solution to today's puzzle:

Ratsma played the winning move: 20...Be5 with the threat of Bxh2+!


Born in 1986, Lawrence Trent is an international master, who has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a 7th place in the U18 WCh in 2003). The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages, already has a lot of experience as a trainer. Trent has recorded several DVDs for ChessBase.
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chessgod0 chessgod0 7/10/2019 06:58
If we could stop describing every game as a "brilliancy" that would be great. It was decent game but it's not exactly a masterpiece.
TMMM TMMM 7/9/2019 10:54
"Brilliancy" sounds a bit like an overstatement. If Ivanchuk had just played Nb4 on move thirty nine, nothing would have happened. Ivanchuk forgot he would be losing his h pawn if he didn't act quickly enough, and lost because of that.