Wednesday night training on Playchess

by ChessBase
11/24/2009 – After Bobby Fischer and before Magnus Carlsen, the "Best in the West" was the Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman. He played many games against Anatoly Karpov – including two title matches – beating the former world champion no fewer than eleven times. One remarkable game is the subject of this week's Playchess lecture by FM Dennis Monokroussos. Be there and watch.

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Playchess training with FM Dennis Monokroussos

Twice a world championship finalist (if only of the FIDE variety during the split title era), Jan Timman was for many years the most consistently successful player outside the USSR (and once it fell, the countries that comprised it). Timman is also a fine author and study composer, but it is his over the board play we'll examine in our show this week.

Timman played many games against former world champion Anatoly Karpov – including two title matches – and while Karpov had (much) the better score overall, Timman got in his licks too, beating Karpov no fewer than eleven times over the course of their rivalry. Their games were generally very rich in content (with few short draws), and we will see just such a game in this week's show. Played in Mar del Plata in 1982 – won by Timman, who was two points ahead of Karpov! – Timman played a Scheveningen Sicilian, allowing the then-feared Keres Attack, and gradually outplayed Karpov in a fine game.

This was an exceptional performance on several levels. First, beating Karpov was extraordinarily difficult in those days, especially with the black pieces. Second, to do so in one of Karpov's favorite lines was even more impressive, and to do it by outplaying one of the greatest positional players of all time (maybe even the greatest) is the icing on the cake. It's an instructive game too, so I hope you'll join me as we take a closer look this Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET (that's 3 a.m. CET for my overseas viewers). To watch, log on to the server at that hour, go to the Broadcasts room and then find and select Karpov-Timman under the Games tab.

Watching is easy, the show will be fun, and I hope to see you there.

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). You can find the times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date, with exact times for most larger cities 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.

Monokroussos in Mexico: World Championship 2007

Dennis Monokroussos is 43, lives in South Bend, IN, where he teaches chess and has worked 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.

Playchess Training with IM Merijn van Delft

Everyone is invited to join this weekly training hour on Wednesday evening. Together we will have a look at the most recent grandmaster games. Recurring themes during our analyses and discussions are the latest opening developments and how to work on your own chess.

A word about myself: I was born (March 13, 1979) and raised in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. In 1995 I won the Dutch U16 Championship and played the European Championship in Poland and the World Championship in Brasil. In 1998 I moved to Amsterdam to study psychology and had a great time there. In 2003 I met my wife Evi Zickelbein and ever since we've been living together in Hamburg, Germany. In 2004 I made both master titles: one at the university and one in chess. Since 2005 I've been working fulltime in the chess world: training, coaching, writing, organizing and still actively playing myself. By now I have about fifteen years of experience as a chess trainer. Together with my dad I wrote a book about chess training (Schaaktalent Ontwikkelen), of which the Dutch version is already available and the English version will follow April 2010.

IM Merijn van Delft's lecture starts at 20:00h Central European Time (Berlin, Paris, Rome), which translates to 19:00h London. You can find the times for different locations in the world at World Time and Date. Exact times for most larger cities are here. The lecture is in the "Broadcast" room of Playchess. It is free for Premium Playchess members (50 Ducats for others).


The lectures are broadcast live on the chess server If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!

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