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  1. Saitek’s new Competition Game Clock
    $44.95
    Saitek’s new Competition Game Clock Learn More
  2. Vol. 152 How to Think And Play the Chess Opening’s Like a GrandMaster
    $16.00
    Vol. 152 How to Think And Play the Chess Opening’s Like a GrandMaster (GM Timur Gareev) 2 Hours Step by Step thought process on how a GM approaches each Opening move. Guaranteed to give you the tools to be a Better Chess Player !! On This DVD GM Gareev will take you through the thought process on how to play Chess Opening’s when you are faced with unfamiliar lines and positions. Even GM’s can get surprised in the openings with new moves and novelties. GM Gareev will give teach you the thought process behind how to find the best move in unknown positions. Opening ideas and strategies covered are easily explained so that you can understand and immediately apply this new found knowledge to your own games. Opening’s Covered for both sides Benoni, Ruy Lopez, QGA, Closed Sicilian Learn More
  3. Foxy 88: Endgames Self-Training Easily Explained - Martin (140 mins)
    $16.00
    New Foxy 11 hour 5 Part Train Yourself Chess Course by I.M. Andrew Martin Learning how to play the endgame well is a most important skill. Simple positions lie at the heart of chess. In Volume Five Andrew Martin shows how to develop good endgame technique, using typical need-to know positions to lay the foundation and then full master games to show how the strongest players tackle this part of chess. He also suggests how the student might train himself at home in the most efficient way and this is invaluable advice. Endgame 10 important positions Self Training 5 illustrative games Vol. 88 Part 5 (2 hours 20 minutes) Learn More
  4. Foxy 139: Sniper A Dynamic Universal System For The Aggressive Black Player- Schmidt Benoni 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6
    $16.00
    Foxy Opening Vol.139 "The Sniper! A Dynamic Universal System For The Aggressive Black Player Vol 4 Volume 4 covers The Schmidt Benoni The Sniper! is a dynamic and universal opening system that fills in the gaps for the Black player who plays the Accelerated Dragon, the Dzindzi Indian or other Black Fianchetto defences. Black's system of development with 1...g6 and 2...Bg7 allows White to ccupy the center, but in true Sniper! Modern style, Black strikes back with an early c5. The Sniper! can lead to many original or barely touched upon positions in which Black has very good theoretical chances, but even better practical chances as his opponent is on unfamiliar turf. The Sniper! is also very rich in potential transpositions into favorable Sicilian, Dzindzi Indian, King's Indian or Benko Gambit type positions. Grandmaster Ron Henley has spent years playing 1...g6 systems and with the Sniper! has now bridged the gap between the Accelerated Dragon and his beloved Dzindzi Indian. In The Sniper! DVDs he will show you how to play and his own personal recommendations against each of White's major third move alterations, as well as special antidotes to the Maroczy Bind and English. Learn More
  5. Foxy 137: Sniper A Dynamic Universal System For The Aggressive Black Player- Pawn Grab Variation 4.dxc5 Part 2
    $16.00
    Foxy Opening Vol.137 "The Sniper! A Dynamic Universal System For The Aggressive Black Player Vol 2 Volume 2 covers The Sniper Pawn Grab Variation 4.dxe5 The Sniper! is a dynamic and universal opening system that fills in the gaps for the Black player who plays the Accelerated Dragon, the Dzindzi Indian or other Black Fianchetto defences. Black's system of development with 1...g6 and 2...Bg7 allows White to ccupy the center, but in true Sniper! Modern style, Black strikes back with an early c5. The Sniper! can lead to many original or barely touched upon positions in which Black has very good theoretical chances, but even better practical chances as his opponent is on unfamiliar turf. The Sniper! is also very rich in potential transpositions into favorable Sicilian, Dzindzi Indian, King's Indian or Benko Gambit type positions. Grandmaster Ron Henley has spent years playing 1...g6 systems and with the Sniper! has now bridged the gap between the Accelerated Dragon and his beloved Dzindzi Indian. In The Sniper! DVDs he will show you how to play and his own personal recommendations against each of White's major third move alterations, as well as special antidotes to the Maroczy Bind and English. Learn More
  6. Foxy 87: Attack/Defence/Space/Time Easily Explained - Martin (131 mins)
    $16.00
    New Foxy 11 hour 5 Part Train Yourself Chess Course by I.M. Andrew Martin DVD Four concentrates on attack and defence, space and time. I.M Andrew Martin will teach you skills that will help you understand when to attack and the important of avoiding premature attacks. In order for an attack to succeed is you must have a lead in developement and space. Timing is vital, so take advantage of opportunities and attack with as many pieces as possible. When defending you must create counter playto keep your oponent off balance and value of patience which is often overlooked by the average player Learn More
  7. Foxy 72: Learn the Opening 1-2-3 - Martin (53 mins)
    $16.00
    IM Andrew Martin will teach you how to be successful in the Opening. Martin demonstrates by developing your pieces early, following basic opening principles, having a plan & controlling the center you will be on the way to winning more games. Learn More
  8. Foxy 43: Ruy Lopez - Emms (85 mins)
    $16.00
    This is.. Simply the real deal for White when Black plays 1...e5. Play the Ruy Lopez and you're playing real chess. GM John Emms concentrates on White's best lines and strategies against each of the Lopez defenses. Emms proves that you don't have to learn unfeasible quantities of theory to play the Lopez successfully as White. And along the way he reveals how to blast club players' favorites such as the Schliemann. Features cunning move orders to avoid danger areas such as the Marshall and Zaitsev where theory has snowballed out of control. Learn More
  9. Foxy 32: Leningrad Dutch - Martin (90 mins)
    $16.00
    A first rate choice for those who want an uncompromising defense against both 1.d4 and the flank openings. IM Andrew Martin recommends the Leningrad with ...f5 and ...g6 which is aggressive and theoretically approved. Part 1: Ideas & Plans Part 2: Main Line 7.Nc3 Part 3: White advances 7.d5 Part 4: The Double Fianchetto Part 5: Karlsbad 4.Nh3 Part 6: White plays c3 Part 7: 2.Nf3 & Unusual Systems Learn More
  10. Roman's Lab Vol 107: Strategy of How to Get a Winning Advantage with Bad Pawns Part 2
    $16.00
    Vol. 107 Strategy of How to get a Winning Advantage with bad Pawns Vol.2 (85 Minutes) Chess Strategy Series Vol.2 On This Dvd Roman gives you carefully selected examples of advantages and disadvantages of weak and damages pawn Structures these examples can easily be applied to your own games Learn More
  11. Roman's Lab Vol 100: Chess Pot Pourri
    $16.00
    VOLUME 100 - Chess Potpourri - Centennial Commemorative Edition Grandmaster Roman Dzinzichashvili 136 Minutes On this DVD, Grandmaster Roman Dzinzichashvili has gathered some of the best games played with his original opening ideas and concepts. This will update you in the latest chess theory, including great tactics generated by novelties AND AMAZING ENDGAMES. Roman will also bring you a brief analysis of current developments played on the highest level. This Vol. 100 is a collection of some of the best chess material Roman has brought you over the last 2 decades. Learn More
  12. Roman's Lab Vol 92: Staggering Novelties that Rewrite Modern Opening Pages
    $16.00
    New Vol.92 Staggering Novelties that Rewrite Modern Opening Pages 95 minutes Incredible New Theory in the Scotch & Accelerated Dragon and a Positional Sacrifice in the g3 Sicilian On this dvd Roman and Rybka spent countless hours of analyzing to create unortodox and incredible positional sacrifice in the Sicilian along with shocking discoveries in . in the Scotch and Accelerated Dragon. See how you can divercify in the very early stages of these openings to achiev an advantage. This is one of the most instructive and creative DVDs to date so be the first to view this new unpublished material on opening theory Learn More
  13. Roman's Lab Vol 87: Highly Instructive and Educational Games for The Scotch Player (60mins)
    $16.00
    Vol. 87 Highly Instructive and Educational games for the Scotch Player On this DVD, Roman gives analysis of his own games played with Scotch for white. Games are very typical for the opening and extremely helpful for the players of any level. You will see the ideas of the opening integrated in every game. Games are selected to outline main ideas described in opening analysis and have great practical value Learn More
  14. Roman's Lab Vol 86: Highly Instructive and Educational Games for the Grand Prix Player (66mins)
    $16.00
    Vol. 86 Highly Instructive and Educational games for the Grand Prix Player On this DVD, Roman gives analysis of his own games played with Grand Prix attack for white. Games are very typical for the opening and extremely helpful for the players of any level. You will see the ideas of the opening integrated in every game. Games are selected to outline main ideas described in opening analysis and have great practical value Learn More
  15. Roman's Lab Vol 82: Easy to Learn Ambitious System for White against Hippo, Modern & Pirc
    $16.00
    Volume 0082r -Easy to Learn Ambitious System for White to Play Grandmaster Roman Dzinzichashvili Over 71 Minutes On this DVD, Roman outlines a perfectly clear and easy to learn lines against The Hippo, Modern and Pirc Defences. The lines carefully based on thorough analysis as well as top rated player's games. Simplicity and ambition are ingredients of the systems suggested. Evaluations of them by Rybka are absolutely staggering. This is by far the best material on the Hippo and Modern Carefully designed and consistent with possible transpositions in to Pirc defense. In a short period of time , you can have in your hands an easy to learn system that is a deadly weapon against The Hippo, Modern and Pirc Defences. Learn More
  16. Roman's Lab Vol 79: Dynamic Positional Lines in the Semi Slav Defense (1h 35m)
    $16.00
    Dynamic Positional Lines in the Semi Slav Part 2 Dynamic Positional Lines in the Semi Slav Explained Part 2 On Part 2 G.M. Roman and World Computer Champion Rybka bring you more innovative and original theory for the positionally enriched Nf3, e3 variation of the Semi Slav defense. Roman easily explains the strategic points, new ideas and how to play this active positional opening. Regardless of your playing strength, this DVD will leave you with a good understanding on how to play the Slav. GrandMaster Roman Dzindzichashvili •Former two time U.S. Champion & Russian Champion •World Open Winner, Writer & Teacher •Former Chess Coach & Trainer for World Champions Gary Kasparov & Anatoly Karpov Learn More
  17. Roman's Lab Vol 64: Russian School of Chess Part 3 (over 1h)
    $16.00
    Volume 64 Part 3 98 minutes Initiating Postional Sacrifices,Squeezes,& Overwhelming Attacks Title piece activation & positional squeezes Simple strategy and overwhelming attacks Initiative and defense, positional sacrifice Applying basic principles Kings indian recommended for learning principles Space advantage Recommended methods for how to study and improve your chess Learn More
  18. Roman's Lab Vol 56: Reverse Openings (over 1h)
    $16.00
    Reverse Openings Advantages and Disavantages of playing The Scillian,Kings Indian,French,Alexhine,Philidor,Benko,Grunfeld Panov attack as white. On this highly instructional dvd Roman clearly demostrate through novelities created in his own games how to recognize an opportunity for white to transpose into openings that are played for Black with the advantage of having an extra tempo. Roman will also cover the disadvantages of trying to play certain black openings as white. Roman anwsers the rarely covered question Why cant I play my favorite black opening for white.? Learn More
  19. Roman's Lab Vol 31: Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 1 (2h)
    $16.00
    The Dragon's Accelerated Return This dvd expands on the Black opening repertoire recommended by GM Dzindzichashvili - indeed the Accelerated Dragon not only takes its own place within that repertoire but may also be reached when White declines the Dzindzi Indian Defense by playing an early e2-e4. The Dragon's Accelerated Battle Over the Maroczy Bind More analysis and recommendations for Black by GM Dzindzichashvili in the Accelerated Dragon concentrating on Black's options after White establishes the Maroczy Bind with c2-c4. Running time: 2 hours Learn More
  20. Mr Six Time! Volume 1 - Browne (110 mins)
    $16.00
    Mr. Six Time Vol. 1 by G.M. Browne Purchase 110 minutes In the first volume of a classic two volume dvd series, Six-Time US Champion GM Walter Browne ("Mr. Six-Time"), with the assistance of GM Ron Henley, discusses and analyzes his best games from some of the six US Championships that he has won. Using brilliant victories against top American players such as Bisguier, Grefe, Byrne, Mednis, and Christiansen (including three great and theoretically important victories with his beloved Sicilian Najdorf), Browne illustrates the preparation, skill, and determination that are required to produce a championship record that has created a modern American chess legend! Learn More
  21. Mr Six Time! Volume 2 - Browne (118 mins)
    $16.00
    Mr. Six Time Vol. 2 by G.M. Browne 118 minutes In the second volume of a classic two volume dvd series, Six-Time US Champion GM Walter Browne ("Mr. Six-Time"), with the assistance of GM Ron Henley, discusses and analyzes his best games from some of the six US Championships that he has won. Using brilliant victories against top American players such as Seirawan, Alburt, and Christiansen, the author illustrates the preparation, skill, and determination that are required to produce a championship record that has created a modern American chess legend! Learn More
  22. Shirov's Best Games Volume 2 - Shirov (104 mins)
    $16.00
    In the second volume of a series of DVDs dedicated to his best games, 1998 WCC World Championship Challenger Alexei Shirov deeply analyzes his fascinating encounters with Nikolenko (USSR Ch. Moscow 1991), Thorhallsson (Reykjavik 1992), and Kamsky (Linares 1993). Shirov skillfully maneuvers the viewer through the tactical minefields and complex strategies that are the trademark of his dynamic chess style. Total approximate running time: 104 minutes Learn More
  23. Shirov's Best Games Volume 4 - Shirov (90 mins)
    $16.00
    In the fourth volume of a series of DVDs dedicated to his best games, 1998 WCC World Championship Challenger Alexei Shirov deeply analyzes his sharp and complex encounters with Nunn (Bundesliga 1996), Judit Polgar (Tilburg 1996), Kasparov (Erevan Olympiad 1996), and Yusupov (Ter Apel 1997). Shirov demonstrates the attacking style that has thrilled his legions of fans worldwide, and provides the viewer with more intense chess combat. Total approximate running time: 90 minutes Learn More
  24. IM Jonathan Schroer
    $58.00

    scholastic coach and former Program Director of the Emory-Atlanta Castle Chess Camp. Jonathan has been giving ICC/phone lessons (individual and group) since 1995. Schroer students typically enjoy rapid and sustained improvement. For details, message Schroer or "finger Schroer". E-mail: blitzen3@earthlink.net

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  25. GM Pablo Ricardi
    $40.00

    GM Pablo Ricardi.
    FIVE ARGENTINE CHAMPIOSHIPS. TEN CHESS OLYMPIADS. Some of my students who have reached International Titles are GM Spangenberg, WGM C.Lujin and WIM E. Maggiolo. For chess classes, training or simuls e-mail pricardi@hotmail.com. My fees: 40 chekels per hour.

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  26. IM Javier Gil Capap
    $60.00

    International Master Javier Gil (AU).  Professional chess coach. Over 15 years of on-line coaching experience.  What makes me different from other coaches:
    - You get a 100% original Study file for *ALL* our lessons. <br/>- Individual Forum Support. You get *ALL* your questions answered on a private forum that only you and the coach can read.  - On-line tests to check your progress.  Superb game annotation (Providing full strategy comments, highlighting your weaknesses, etc. not just highlighting the tactical errors: any chess engine can do that!).  Fair rates. Check my website at http://www.chesspupil.com"for more info.

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  27. IM Denis Salinnikov
    $25.00
    IM Denis Salinnikov, Russia. Online lessons since 2001, 25$ per hour. Serious discounts for constant students. Learn More
  28. GM Andrey Devyatkin
    $40.00

    Grand Master Andrey Deviatkin, Russia, FIDE rating 2588 (best - 2608 in October 2009).
    More than 5 years of coaching experience. One of my students is GM Nikolay Chadaev, twice Moscow Champion.
    I offer lessons via ICC/Skype Audio Available in English (1 hour = $40) and training games with possible post-mortem analysis (price upon agreement). Discounts can be made in some cases.

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  29. GM Kosanovic Goran
    $40.00

    I have been chess trainer for 20 years. with FIDE trainer certificate. My students have become GM,IM etc.If you are interested in chess lessons,game analysis or to play with me, please contact me trhrough kosanovicgoran62@gmail.com. For more info go to finger Kosanovic.

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  30. GM Suat Atalik
    $50.00

    Hi, this is GM Suat Atalik, winner of many international opens and closed GM tournaments. I have many years of experience in coaching on World and European championship levels.  Rate is 50$ per hour. Contact me on suata@hotmail.com.

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  31. FM Dragan Drasko
    $50.00

    Hello dear chess Friends! My name is Dragan Drasko. I am FIDE Master with more than 7 years of experience as professional chess coach. I am offering lessons at very reasonable rates.  Contact me on ICC or at email ddrasko_2000@yahoo.com.  I am giving discount for long term students.

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  32. IM Alex Kundin
    $60.00

    Hi there! I am an IM and a former Europe youth champion Alex Kundin. A few of my lectures / webinars can be seen here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0-vExhJK1k&feature=youtu.be
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCaro-jLSo0&app=desktop,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2gpR-7-LG4,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjJha8p-CXY

    I have wide experience in teaching chess to all levels and ages on-line and in real life. Also I firmly believe in individual approach to each player and try to focus on and improve one's weaknesses, mainly through analyzing his/her games and learning from his/her mistakes. Of course, other aspects of the player's game are also improved upon necessity. Languages: English, Russian, Hebrew.

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  33. IM Garun Nureev
    $25.00
    I graduated from a chess department in Moscow. Personal programme: creative openings and strategical basis, tactics. I am also an aikido instructor. So, in my coaching i use some of Martial Arts principles. And final aspect is psychology. My rate is 25 chekels per hour. Learn More
  34. GM Amador Rodriguez
    $50.00

    Amador Rodriguez Cespedes. "finger gmamador". Cuban Grandmaster established in Spain for nearly 20 years. Extensive professional coaching experience at all levels. To highlight 5 years as trainer of Peter Leko that led him to the doors of the world championship. Through my lessons I intend to increase the strategic level of my students, strengthen their theoretical knowledge if necessary but above all, my goal is always to improve their Chess understanding so that they are able to play better day after day. Classes are available in English and Spanish.

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  35. IM Miodrag Perunovic
    $60.00

    IM Miodrag Perunovic, lesson/$60 hour. Lessons are in English and French! More than 450 students! Best students: GM Alexander Ipatov - World Junior champion! (2012), WIM Qiyu Zhou - World Youth champion U14! (2014), GM Eric Hansen - World Vice champ U16, World Cup qualifier 2011, 2013, GM Milan Zajic - World Vice champion U14 (2013), GM Denis Kadric, IM Richard Wang - World 2-nd U12, World 3-rd U14 (2012), IM James Adair, IM Vladimir Lukovic, IM Dusan Radovanovic... Feel Free to contact me by e-mail: miodrag.perunovic@gmail.com visit http://www.miodragperunovic.com/

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  36. IM Zdenko Stupavsky
    $25.00

    Greetings, IM Stupavsky at your service.
    I offer game analysis, opening lessons and training games, but this can easily expand to decoding middlegames, pawn structures, planning, and so forth. Many satisfied students, more then 1 year of experience in coaching.
    Fluent in English and ex-YU languages. Teaching material is provided in the CBH format.
    Game analysis - 25$/h, everything else - $30/h

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  37. FM Kevin Trujillo
    $25.00

    I like to create working plans to improve my students' chess more effectively.
    Lessons in English and Spanish for 25 checkels per hour. ;For more information, contact me at kevin9512@me.com or finger kevinice. Useful information about my teaching at www.chessgrowth.com

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  38. IM Petrisor Adrian
    $25.00

    My name is Petrisor Adrian, Romania.
    My rating is 2395 at this moment (2408 once), I am 20 years old.
    I offer individual lessons , 25$ =1hour !
    You can contact me at this email address: petrysor_adryan@yahoo.com, or you can write to me on ICC (username Adiadi92). I can explain strategic positions, openings and tactical positions as well.
    Available for lessons, training games and analysis.

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  39. Amateur Games: 28. Aggression Pays Off
    $2.99
    Amateur Games: 28. Aggression Pays Off ECO: B34, Opening: Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, modern variation What's better than learning from one's errors? every coach or master tells us that we need to review our games, to learn from our own mistakes. NM Dan Heisman, in his series "Improve Your Chess", provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve. In the learning process, it's useful to have a Master analyze amateur games, compare mistakes with good moves - often played in high-level games - and explain where thing went wrong. this series is a great way to improve your chess! Learn More
  40. Amateur Games: 82. Complicated Game Played Super-Fast
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    Amateur Games: 82. Complicated Game Played Super-Fast ECO: B35, Opening: Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, modern variation with Bc4 What's better than learning from one's errors? every coach or master tells us that we need to review our games, to learn from our own mistakes. NM Dan Heisman, in his series "Improve Your Chess", provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve. In the learning process, it's useful to have a Master analyze amateur games, compare mistakes with good moves - often played in high-level games - and explain where thing went wrong. this series is a great way to improve your chess! Learn More
  41. Amateur Games: Beating the Lower Rated player with Kingside attack
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    Amateur Games: Beating the Lower Rated player with Kingside attack ECO: C01, Opening: Scandivian (center counter) defense What's better than learning from one's errors? every coach or master tells us that we need to review our games, to learn from our own mistakes. NM Dan Heisman, in his series "Improve Your Chess", provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve. In the learning process, it's useful to have a Master analyze amateur games, compare mistakes with good moves - often played in high-level games - and explain where thing went wrong. this series is a great way to improve your chess! Learn More
  42. Amateur Games: Minor Strategic errors add up
    $2.99
    Amateur Games: Minor Strategic errors add up ECO: C11, Opening: French: Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation What's better than learning from one's errors? every coach or master tells us that we need to review our games, to learn from our own mistakes. NM Dan Heisman, in his series "Improve Your Chess", provides instruction by reviewing amateur games played on ICC and showing where the players went wrong and how to improve. In the learning process, it's useful to have a Master analyze amateur games, compare mistakes with good moves - often played in high-level games - and explain where thing went wrong. this series is a great way to improve your chess! Learn More
  43. Game of the Week: Areshchenko, Karpov
    $2.99
    Game of the Week: Areshchenko, Karpov Tournament: Sberbank Rapid Kiev ECO: B01: Scandinavian Defense It’s good to see Anatoly Karpov play chess, even if he is a long way from the great player he used to be. In the Sberbank Rapid tournament in Kiev, Karpov tried out some new opening strategy. In our featured game, he finds himself under heavy pressure from Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko. Areshchenko sacrificed a pawn early for long-term pressure, forcing Karpov to try to resuscitate his old defensive skills. Learn More
  44. Game of the Week: Ponomariov, Eljanov
    $2.99
    Game of the Week: Ponomariov, Eljanov Tournament: 82nd ch-Ukraine 2013 Kiev ECO: C91: Closed Ruy-Lopez: 7…d6 8 c3 0-0 9 d4 It’s good to see Anatoly Karpov play chess, even if he is a long way from the great player he used to be. In the Sberbank Rapid tournament in Kiev, Karpov tried out some new opening strategy. In our featured game, he finds himself under heavy pressure from Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko. Areshchenko sacrificed a pawn early for long-term pressure, forcing Karpov to try to resuscitate his old defensive skills. Learn More
  45. Game of the Week: Robson, Volokitin
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    Game of the Week: Robson, Volokitin Tournament: World Cup 2013 ECO: C42: Petrov Four of the nine Americans advanced to the second round in the Fide World Cup in Norway, but none more spectacularly than 19-year-old Ray Robson. Robson scored a convincing 2-0 victory over the higher rated Andrei Volokitin of the Ukraine. The first game was a particular gem. Robson used some clever opening preparation to put Volokitin in less familiar territory, than smoked him with some well-calculated tactics. Let’s have a look and enjoy. Learn More
  46. Game of the Week: Espinoza Aranda, Salgado Lopez
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    Game of the Week: Espinoza Aranda, Salgado Lopez Tournament: Ch-Esp 2013 Linares ECO: B43 : Sicilian: Kan Variation: 5 Nc3 22-year-old Ivan Salgado Lopez won the Spanish Championship with a 7 ½- 1 ½ score. It was a Swiss system event, and some of his opponents were not very strong. Still, he showed a technical mastery of his stronger opponents, too. He beat Miguel Illescas in a rook and bishop ending with four pawns versus three, all on the same side. I would have thought it to be a draw, until I saw how Salgado won it. In this week’s featured game, he wins a smooth game without any fireworks against an international master of about the same age, Angel Espinosa Aranda. I quite like this game because its shows how the player with the better understanding of the strategy of the Open Sicilian will emerge on top. Let’s watch and learn. Learn More
  47. Game of the Week: Libiszewski, Edouard 
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    Game of the Week: Libiszewski, Edouard  Tournament: Spanish Team Championship 2013 ECO: B90: Sicilian: Najdorf: Unusual White 6th moves, 6 Be3 Ng4 and Be3 e5 France led the European Team Championship wire to wire until the last round. Russia dealt the French their first match loss, allowing Azerbaijan, who tied with Armenia, to slip past them into first place. France held on for silver while Russia edged out Armenia for bronze. For the Azeris, Shakhiyar Mamedyarov had an unspectacular +1 result, but he came up big in the sixth round against Baadur Jobava of Georgia. Jobava, one of the most original players on the scene, had an excellent result with five wins against two losses, but he could not find the answers to Shak Mammy’s enterprising and defiant opening strategy. Learn More
  48. Game of the Week: Goudriaan, Timmann
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    Game of the Week: Goudriaan, Timmann Tournament: Tata Steel tournament ECO: E53: Nimzo-Indian The Tata Steel tournament is one the celebrated events on the calendar, but I always enjoy watching the B Group, too. It always has an interesting mix of not quite A-level players, young rising stars, and still competitive veterans. In that last category we find 62-year-old Jan Timman turning back the clock with a fine score of 8 ½-4 ½, a 2686 performance. Timman finished a point and a half behind first place finisher Ivan Saric (whose performance was quite noteworthy, too), but could have made it more interesting if he hadn’t faltered late in games down the stretch. Anyone who has ever read Timman’s deep analysis in books or magazines knows that he welcomes complications. In his victory over young IM Etienne Goudriaan, Timman deflected the kitchen sink and other pieces thrown at him with accurate calculation. Learn More
  49. Game of the Week: Maiorov, Ding Liren
    $2.99
    Game of the Week: Maiorov, Ding Liren Tournament: Cappelle-la-Grande Open ECO: E32: Nimzo-Indian It takes more than attacking prowess and tactical acumen to reach the 2700 mark. Endgame technique is an essential weapon in the grandmaster arsenal, and often wins need to be squeezed from endgames that are not clearly decided at the outset. In the game between Nikita Mairov and Ding Liren from the traditional Cappelle-la-Grande Open, the players played out a scenario that can be seen in any open tournament. The lower rated player tried to hang on for dear life in the endgame while the higher rated player patiently pursued every avenue to improve his position. How to exploit a long term advantage is just one of the lessons learned here. Another equally useful one is that when playing stronger opponents who we might be content to draw with, it is still a good idea to try to throw a few punches. Learn More
  50. Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya
    $2.99
    Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya Tournament: Women’s Grand Prix ECO: B49: Sicilian: Taimanov As the dominant male in the chess world, Magnus Carlsen, racked up another tournament victory in the Gashimov Memorial, World Champion Hou Yifan confirmed that she is the dominant female with a convincing victory in the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty Mansiysk. Her score of 8 ½ out of 11 put her a point and a half clear of the field. The result of the second place finisher, however, was a surprise. Despite being one of the tournament’s lowest rated competitors, the 22-year old Russian WGM Olga Girya notched 7 points and an apparent grandmaster norm. With a highly successful youth career behind her, Girya looks to have a promising future. But in this week’s feature game, Hou Yifan sends the message that she herself owns the present. Learn More

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