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12/27/2006 – In family life, the days between Christmas and New Year are often rather quiet. Energy is regained. But at ChessBase we work round the clock, relentlessly, to keep up with the latest developments. And so our Playchess Radio Show, packed full of goodies, is back on air this Wednesday, albeit at the slightly earlier time of 15:00h GMT / 16:00h CET. See you on the server.

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

In our Wednesday night Playchess Radion Show we feature:

Tiviakov,S (2680) - Vera,R (2510) [B22]
XIX Carlos Torre Mem KO Merida MEX (1.1), 18.12.2006
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 e6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.a3 Bd7 8.Bd3 Bc6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Re1 Be7 11.b4 a6 12.Nbd2. In this theoretical 2.c3 Sicilian, Vera ventures the novelty 12..Bb5!?

Morozevich,A (2747) - Shirov,A (2720) [D85]
XVI Magistral A Pamplona ESP (3), 24.12.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.Rc1 0-0 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 c5 11.d5 e6. A rather unorthodox Grunfeld, with 12.d6.

As one might expect, some fascinating play here.

DVD aficionados will be pleased to know that only a few days remain before the ABC of the Alekhine and the Czech Benoni the easy way will be laid down in Hamburg. An old game offers a sneak preview:

Marjan,Dusan - Suba,Mihai [B03]
Novi Sad Novi Sad, 1974
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Bf5 7.Nc3 e6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Nf3 c5!

Then to close the year,vanity gets the better of me and I offer an old correspondance game of my own; an unusual King's Indian Defence:

Ljukmanov - A.Martin [E80]
World Corres Semi Final, 1994
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 b6!?

This week's puzzle

The puzzle is a king and pawn endgame, where analysis is required. Go to it!

Timman,J - Yusupov,A, Amsterdam 1994

White to move. Assess 1.Rxg6

Entries to: andrew@andrewmartinchessacademy.com before 15:00h GMT on December 27.

Solution to last week's competition

Marusenko,P - Logdahl,D
Newport PUZZLE 20 Dec Wales, 2001

The ability to recognise tactical patterns and act on them is the hallmark of the strong player. Here, White has a golden opportunity to win the game. How? 1.Qe8+! A sparkling move, leading to a forced win. 1...Rxe8 2.Rxe8+ Bf8 3.Rxf8+ Kg7 4.Rg8+ Kh6 5.Rg6+ Kh5 6.Ne6! Bxe6 7.Rh6+ Kg4 8.f3# 1-0

I'll see you on the server this Wednesday at 15:00h GMT / 16:00h CET.

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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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