Van de Loo vs Hesslin – the game of the week

4/2/2008 – Forget Tal and Fischer, Topalov and Kasparov when you're looking for excitement; what you want to see is a game between these two players! According to our Playchess.com lecturer Dennis Monokroussos it has all you could hope for in a tactical game: an insane opening, one sac after another, a steel king and pawn races. Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Dennis Monokroussos writes:

Forget Tal and Fischer, Topalov and Kasparov when you're looking for excitement; what you want to see is a game between Van de Loo and Hesslin! Our game this week has all you could hope for in a tactical game: an insane opening, one sac after another, a steel king and pawn races.

Who are these guys, you wonder? Van de Loo is/was a master from the Netherlands; Hesslin, on the other hand, appears to be a German player whose only appearance in the annals of chess history was this game, played in a weekend tournament in 1983. Yet with a game like this, who needs further credentials? Watch and be amazed. (The show is free and takes place at the customary day and time and in the usual place: Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on the Playchess.com server.)

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Thursday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

You can find the exact times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. And you can watch older lectures by Dennis Monokroussos offline in the Chess Media System room of Playchess:

Enter the above archive room and click on "Games" to see the lectures. The lectures, which can go for an hour or more, will cost you between one and two ducats. That is the equivalent of 10-20 Euro cents (14-28 US cents).



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Dennis Monokroussos is 41, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and occasionally works as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S. and has reached a peak rating of 2434 USCF, but several long breaks from tournament play have made him rusty. He is now resuming tournament chess in earnest, hoping to reach new heights.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for ten years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.


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