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2/22/2006 – Andrew Martin's Wednesday night's Playchess lecture, this time at 23:00 GMT/12 midnight CET, features a grab-bag of interesting subjects: Chandler's unusual Anti-Najdorf recipe; a brilliant innovation in the Trompowsky; doing nothing to win, plus a review and puzzle. Be there, don't miss.

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It's ... the Andrew Martin Radio ChessBase Show

This weeks radio show should not be missed.

We feature Murray Chandler's unusual Anti-Najdorf recipe: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6 Bd3!?

We update a brilliant innovation in the Trompowsky: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 4.f3 Qa5+ 5.c3 Nf6 6.d5 Qb6 7.e4 Qxb2 8.Nd2 Qxc3 9 Bc7!!

We show surprise that doing nothing can sometimes win a game of chess for you. Let Cuban Grandmaster Bruzon demonstrate!

We review 'The Final Countdown' by Hajenius and Van Reimsdijk.

And if that were not enough, we present a challenging competition which you now see below (there was no winner last week).

Marek Kwiatkowski,
1st Prize, The Problemist 1992

White to play and win – a beautiful study.

Solution to last week's puzzle

Ivanov,P - Milev
Sofia PUZZLE Feb 12th, 1958

The two players agreed a draw in this position.
Was that the right thing to do?

1...Kg6 2.Kd4 Kxg5 3.Ke5 Kg6 4.Kd4! Kh5 5.Kd5 Kh6 6.Kd4 Kg6 7.Kd5 Kf6 8.Kd4 Ke6! The key square, unappreciated at the time. 9.Ke3 Ke5 10.Kf3 f4 11.Kf2 [11.Kg4 Ke4 12.Kxh4 f3 13.Kg3 Ke3–+] 11...Ke4 12.Ke2 f3+ 13.Kf1 Ke5! 14.Ke1 Kf5 15.Kf1 Ke4! 16.Kf2 Kf4 and Black wins. Not easy! [Click to replay]

The Radio Show starts at the later time of 23:00 GMT/12 midnight CET for this one week only.
Be there!

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.

Andrew Martin: The Trompowsky – The easy way



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