The Weekly Show: Maximum Magnus

by Lawrence Trent
4/30/2019 – On the show today, IM Lawrence Trent looks at the monstrously good performance of World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the Grenke Chess Classic. Live at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST, 12 Noon EDT) and free to watch on-demand for a limited time 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.


GOAT-calibre chess: 7½ / 9 in elite company

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).

Today's show focuses on Magnus Carlsen's win over Levon Aronian from Round 7 and we'll also look briefly at his win over Peter Svidler. Follow along or analyse these featured games yourself in the viewer below!

But first...Harikrishna was odds on favourite to win the recent Shenzhen Masters but this defeat was the start of his sharp demise. Did he miss a chance in this position against Ding Liren though?


Black to play — Give up? You'll find the complete game at the bottom of this article!

This week

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Lawrence is live most Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EDT)


Previous shows on-demand

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Lawrence Trent's latest

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

The Sizzling Scotch Gambit

The Scotch Gambit is a brazen yet utterly sound system for White who immediately opens up the position, by sacrificing a central pawn, in an attempt to assassinate the enemy king as quickly as possible.

Solution to today's puzzle:



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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