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Nov 23, 2016

Highlights with Grandmaster Peter Svidler on Game 9 of the 2016 World Chess Championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin.

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22.11.2016

Highlights with Grandmaster Peter Svidler on Game 8 of the 2016 World Chess Championship in New York between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin.

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21.11.2016

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen defends his title against challenger Sergey Karjakin in Game 8 of the 2016 World Chess Championship match that is being held in New York, USA. It’s a best of 12 games where the first player to earn 6.5 points earns the lion’s share of a $1.1 million prize pool, and the title of “World Chess Champion”. Carlsen opts for d4 for only the 2nd time in the match, and yet again follows up with something atypical in that of the Colle. This is an opening you’re far more likely to see at the club level instead of the top level. Game 8 was the most interesting game thus far in the match, and felt like it was really 2 games wrapped into one.

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1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Bb2 b6 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nbd2 Bb7 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. c4 dxc4 12. Nxc4 Qe7 13. a3 a5 14. Nd4 Rfd8 15. Rfd1 Rac8 16. Rac1 Nf8 17. Qe1 Ng6 18. Bf1 Ng4 19. Nb5 Bc6 20. a4 Bd5 21. Bd4 Bxc4 22. Rxc4 Bxd4 23. Rdxd4 Rxc4 24. bxc4 Nf6 25. Qd2 Rb8 26. g3 Ne5 27. Bg2 h6 28. f4 Ned7 29. Na7 Qa3 30. Nc6 Rf8 31. h3 Nc5 32. Kh2 Nxa4 33. Rd8 g6 34. Qd4 Kg7 35. c5 Rxd8 36. Nxd8 Nxc5 37. Qd6 Qd3 38. Nxe6+ fxe6 39. Qe7+ Kg8 40. Qxf6 a4 41. e4 Qd7 42. Qxg6+ Qg7 43. Qe8+ Qf8 44. Qc6 Qd8 45. f5 a3 46. fxe6 Kg7 47. e7 Qxe7 48. Qxb6 Nd3 49. Qa5 Qc5 50. Qa6 Ne5 51. Qe6 h5 52. h4 a2 Continue reading »

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Mar 9, 2016

Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson analyses a key encounter in the Women’s World Championship match.

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Aug 23, 2015

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This is a round 1 game from the 2015 Sinquefield Cup between Anish Giri of the Netherlands and Alexander Grischuk of Russia. The Sinquefield Cup is held at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center in Missouri, USA. This tournament acts as the 2nd of three tournaments of the Grand Chess Tour. This round 1 game features a Catalan where the struggle is between Giri’s white pawn center and space versus Grischuk’s material plus. There are a couple pop quiz questions in this video that key in on the middle game. Will you be able to come up with a good idea/plan in each of the two cases?

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Jul 17


09.01.2015

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Grandmaster Var Akobian pays tribute to his countryman, former World Champion Tigran Petrosian. “Iron Tigran” didn’t attack often, but when he did, his opponents were in trouble. Akobian recommends re-watching the two games; see if you can recall the moves.

Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Viktor Korchnoi, Curacao Candidates (1962): A31 English, symmetrical, Benoni formation
Petrosian vs. Rodriguez Vargas: D45 Queen’s Gambit Declined semi-Slav, Stoltz variation

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Jul 12


Published on Jun 8, 2015

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Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles the great problem composer Richard Réti. Check out these winning games for white from the Czech legend.

Richard Reti vs Karoly Sterk, Vienna (1910): C66 Ruy Lopez, closed Berlin defence, Bernstein variation
Reti vs Savielly Tartakower, Vienna – (1910): B15 Caro-Kann defence
Reti vs Arthur Dunkelblum, Vienna (1914): C46 Three knights game
(post-game fantasy) Reti vs H L de Leeuw, Amsterdam simul (1919)
Reti vs Jose Raul Capablanca, New York (1924): A15 English opening
Reti vs Max Walter, Bratislava (1925): A35 English, symmetrical, four knights system

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Jul 12


May 26, 2015

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Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles three-time USSR Champion Leonid Stein, one of the greatest ever to never become world champion. See great games played by this brilliant attacker.

Stein-Kwiatkowski, 1959: D20 Queen’s Gambit Accepted, 3.e4
Leonid Stein vs Semyon Abramovich Furman, Olympiad URS (1959): B44 Sicilian defence
Stein-Sakharov, 1960: B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack
Stein-Zurakhov, 1960: B66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7…a6
Stein vs Isaak Iosifovich Lenchiner, Ukranian Ch (1960): B98 Sicilian, Najdorf variation
Stein vs David Bronstein, USSR Championship 1961a (1961): B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
Stein vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, USSR Championship 1961a (1961): C19 French, Winawer, advance, poisoned pawn variation

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Jul 10

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Fischer vs Kortchnoi at the Candidates in Curacao, 1962


 


Jun 2, 2015

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Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles arguably the strongest non-World Champion ever, Viktor Korchnoi. A game from every decade the Soviet defector played strongly is featured.

Viktor Korchnoi vs Vladimir Zak, Leningrad (1951): D00 Queen’s pawn, Chigorin variation
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon vs Korchnoi, USSR Championship (1960): B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
Korchnoi vs Arturo Pomar-Salamanca, EU-chT Kapfenberg (1970): A00 Benko’s opening
Korchnoi vs Karoly Honfi, Baden-Baden 32/127 (1981): A62 Benoni, fianchetto variation
Korchnoi vs Artur Yusupov, Cologne (1990): A18 English, Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation
Korchnoi vs Pavel Kotsur, 34th Olympiad (2000): C02 French, advance, Wade variation


 

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Anatoli Karpow and Viktor Kortschnoi in Meran, 1981

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Jul 08


19.12.2014

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Grandmaster Ben Finegold pays tribute to his favorite player ever, former unofficial World Champion Paul Morphy. See how the first great American player outclassed his opponents, all while sacrificing pieces and starting a rook down.

Morphy vs Charles Le Carpentier, New Orleans (1849): C44 Scotch gambit
Morphy vs James McConnell, New Orleans (1849): C40 Greco defence
James McConnell vs Morphy, New Orleans (1850): C02 French, advance variation
Morphy vs. NN, ? (1850): C57 two knights defence, Fegatello attack, Polerio defence
Morphy vs Charles Maurian, New Orleans (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim gambit
Morphy vs Thomas Herbert Worrall, New York (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim gambit

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Jul 07


Jan 16, 2015

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Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian shows two games played by former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Karpov achieves strong positions out of the opening and quickly dispatches his opponents. Akobian recommends re-watching the two games; see if you can recall the moves.

Anatoly Karpov vs Wolfgang Unzicker, Milan (1975): C97 Ruy Lopez, closed, Chigorin defence
Anatoly Karpov vs Alexander Beliavsky, Linares (1994): E06 Catalan, closed, 5.Nf3

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