Wednesday night training on Playchess

12/15/2009 – In this week's Playchess lecture by FM Dennis Monokroussos will introduce you (presumably) to one of the best players in the world in the 1930s. Grigory Levenfish, whom you may know for his 6.f4 line against the Dragon, and from his endgame books, will be discussed, with highlights from his great career. Before that IM Merijn van Delft discusses current games. Be there and watch.

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Playchess training with FM Dennis Monokroussos

Grigory Levenfish was one of the best players in the world in the 1930s, and as such excelled in all phases of the game. Many of us know of him for his line against the Dragon Sicilian (6.f4), and others know of his famous co-authored work on rook endings with Vassily Smyslov. But he was just as great a player as a theoretician - enough to win the Soviet Championship twice and to draw a match with Mikhail Botvinnik.

That he is relatively unknown as a player nowadays is a pity, but we will endeavor to take at least a small step toward fixing that this week. In our ChessBase show tonight (9 p.m. ET Wednesday night = 3 a.m. CET Thursday morning), we will present some highlights from his great career, demonstrating his abilities as a tactician and as a technician. I'd normally make some comment here that the tactics will entertain and the endgames instruct, but I think you'll find the whole thing entertaining! (And instructive, too, but we're aiming to entertain.)

To tune in, log on to the Playchess server at the hour given above, go to the Broadcast room and find "Levenfish Games" under the Games tab. 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.


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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).


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The lectures are broadcast live on the chess server Playchess.com. 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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