The XYZ of the Benko Gambit

12/13/2005 – Just before recording his new "ABC of the Benko Gambit" DVD our chess trainer Andrew Martin, in his Wednesday night Playchess lecture, takes a look at Cheparinov-Ivanchuk from the FIDE World Championship. Black faltered, but Martin has some interesting improvements. Tune in...

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The XYZ of the Benko Gambit

It's only a few days now until the ABC of the Benko Gambit is recorded in the plush Hamburg studios of the ChessBase mega-corporation. But let us take a look at Cheparinov-Ivanchuk from the FIDE World Championship before we get too carried away. Black's task is not that easy! Fortunately Andrew Martin is on hand with possible improvements on Black's play after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6

He could certainly do with them!

What is your opinion on the position after Black's 18th move in Nezhmetdinov-Ujtelky Sochi 1964

Please keep it polite!

In this week's show Andrew talks a little about his recent book on the Hippopotamus system. Prepare for something unique!

The competetion is proving incresingly popular and last week Don Aldrich of Minneapolis won himself Aagaard and Lund's CD on 'Right Decisions' Congratulations!

Please note that this weeks show will again be broadcast at the later time of Midnight GMT, 1:00am CET, but will revert to the usual time of 7:30pm from next week on....thank goodness! 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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