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    Saturday
    Jul282012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XXIX: Marshall Main Lines

    We're getting close! It's episode XXIX in our series on the Ruy Lopez, and this time around the main lines of the Marshall Gambit are under review. We start with the traditional main lines with 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3, then move on to 15.Re4 and finally 12.d3. There's a lot of material there, but I've done my best to pick out the most important lines and at least give a good sense of the key variations along with some of the typical motifs that apply in many Marshall sub-systems.

    As always, the show is free - have a look!

    Saturday
    Jul212012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XXVIII: Marshall Gambit Sidelines

    Our expeditious series on the Ruy Lopez continues in its brisk way; we're up to episode XXVIII now! There's a lot of material in this episode, as I present no fewer than four variations associated with the Marshall Gambit.

    First, there's one final anti-Marshall line: 8.c3 d5 9.d4. Some players might try this rather than an 8th move Anti-Marshall if they want to check to see if Black was only bluffing the Marshall. As it's far less promising than 8.a4 or 8.h3, however, they'd be better served by choosing one of those lines instead, or simply braving the Marshall.

    Next, we look at inferior versions of the gambit that Black might try: 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 e4?!/? (the Steiner Gambit); 9...Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 Nf6?!/? (Marshall's original recipe); and 11...Bb7 (also used by Marshall). The first two are probably clearly better for White (at least!), while the latter is a bit better but still somewhat problematic if my analysis is correct.

    But is it? Have a look and let me know! The show is free, as always.

    Tuesday
    Jul172012

    Yet Another ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XXVII: Anti-Marshall Lines

    It's like Christmas in July for Ruy Lopez fans, as the "Quick Ruy" series moves on to episode 27. This time around we have a look at anti-Marshall variations, especially 8.a4, 8.d4 and 8.h3. Those lines (especially the first and last) have their drop of poison, so those who reach either side of an anti-Marshall will want to have a look.

    As always, the show is free - enjoy!

    Friday
    Jun032011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Viewer Games and Questions for June 2011

    Every so often I'll do a show on ChessVideos.tv where I look at games and/or questions submitted by viewers, and the nature of the material varies greatly. In the last show, the submissions were unified around the theme of kingside attack vs. disintegrating queenside and center, but this time the material was wholly diverse. This time around we have a fairly quiet English Opening, a razor-sharp Anti-Marshall, an anti-Winawer line whose evaluation requires taking the investigation into the ending, a thematic minority attack middlegame and finally a question about pawn structures that gets into the nature of space as an (alleged) advantage.

    Hopefully there's something for everyone, and since most, if not all, of my readers would fall under "everyone", consider yourself included and invited! The show is here and it's free to watch (just register if you haven't already - it's free as well). It will be available on-demand for about a month; after that, you can still get it in the archives, but there's a small fee in that case.

    Wednesday
    Feb232011

    Gustafsson on the Marshall Gambit: Best Chess Opening DVD Ever?

    Maybe!

    German GM Jan Gustafsson has released a pair of DVDs with ChessBase offering a full repertoire with 1.e4 e5. Volume 1 covers the Marshall and Anti-Marshall (basically, everything after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0), while volume 2 covers White's prior deviations after 1.e4 e5. We'll stick to volume 1 in this review, and come back to volume 2 another day.

    In the intro clip Gustafsson says he's going to tell the viewer everything he knows. Yeah, right! Then you watch the videos and, even more to the point, look at the accompanying analysis files, and you realize that - gasp! - he might be telling the truth. There's no way I can prove that he is, but even if he's not there's not only so much information on the disk, but so much completely new and extremely significant on it, that I'm delighted to accept even an approximation of "everything". The bottom line is this: if you play the Marshall Gambit and are at least, say, 1800 or 1900 (or a correspondence player), you would be insane not to buy this disk even if you're a grandmaster. Gustafsson is one of the world's absolute experts on the Marshall, so he knows whereof he speaks.

    Getting down to basics, there are 17 clips: 14 substantial clips and three short intros. (One intro at the start of the disk, one for the Marshall and one for the Anti-Marshall.) The running time for the videos is about 3 hours and 45 minutes, and then there are 14 accompanying analysis files. The videos serve as an excellent guide, and generally serve several purposes.

    First, they offer a lay of the land, listing Black's relevant options where applicable. Gustafsson will sometimes recount a decision to go from a line he played at one time to something different at the moment, or to explain why he might prefer one roughly equivalent line to another. (One such reason, which he mentioned in several places, is that he generally dislikes playing endgames in the Marshall.) Often, while he'll recommend one line over the others, he will still give enough details about an alternative to let the viewer successfully play that one instead, should he see fit.

    Second, the clips explain what Black (and White, for that matter) is trying to do, so the lines will make more sense and so a player can figure things out even if confronted with something new or if his memory fails. The analysis files go deeper, but they lack explanatory prose, so it's best not to skip the videos en route to the mega-details.

    Third, the clips still go pretty deeply; it's just that the analysis files go even further. Because the videos are substantial in their own right, they serve to give almost all of us enough information to take the Marshall (and the relevant anti-Marshall lines) directly into battle.

    As for the lines covered, they're what you'd expect from any reputable source on the Marshall. After the intros, you have clips on the following lines, starting with the Gambit (8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6):

    (1) 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 (the Old Main Line)

    (2) 15.Re4 g5 16.Qf3/16.Qe2

    (3) 16.Qf1

    (4) 15.Qe2 (this is a new and suddenly hot line)

    (5) 12.d3

    (6) 12.Re1 Bd6 13.g3

    (7) Odds and ends including 12.Bxd5, 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re2, and 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 and now 15.Bxd5, 15.Qd3 and 15.Qf3 are all investigated.

    As is usual nowadays, the inferior sidelines 11...Nf6 and 9...e4 are ignored, but all the relevant 11...c6 lines are discussed. Then he turns to the Anti-Marshall, when the following standard lines are covered:

    (8) 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5 (the move he wants to recommend, but can't, though he thinks it's playable and gives not only the info needed to play it but the reason he's not completely happy with it)

    (9) 9...d6 10.a4 and 10.c3

    (10) 9...d6 10.a3

    (11) 8.a4 b4 9.d4 and 9.a5

    (12) 8.a4 b4 9.d3

    (13) 8.d4

    (14) Odds & ends: 8.d3, 8.a3 & 8.c3.

    Another virtue of the presentation has already been alluded to in passing. Unlike some authors (especially those promoting dubious lines), Gustafsson freely acknowledges when he's not completely satisfied with some line or other. Sometimes it's because of his style or preferred approach (e.g. his desire to avoid most Marshall endings, and his preference for concrete lines over maneuvering), but once or twice he seems less than sure that Black has a perfectly satisfactory answer against a certain White approach. (Don't panic, it doesn't mean that he think Black is much worse; it's not even clear in those cases that he's worse at all. It's just not yet clear that Black has full equality either.) In all of those cases he offers several different approaches for Black, and it's clear that Black is in entirely reasonable shape. In any case, the honesty is refreshing!

    Also pleasant is Gustafsson's sense of humor. It's not a comedy album, but every so often he'll make some amusing remark, and helps lighten things up. His English is excellent and he speaks very clearly and articulately, so you won't have to crank the volume and stare at his lips to translate his accent. All in all, it's a great product, which you can order here. (Or if you're interested in the second disk too, you can order them together and save a little, here.)

    As for details about his new suggestions, sorry, but you'll have to get your own copy! That's part of what makes this such a remarkable disk.

    Friday
    Nov202009

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Viewer Questions, Episode 11

    There were some excellent questions this past week, so I decided to double up and do another viewer questions show. Topics include the Modern, the London System (getting sleepy...so very sleepy), the Marshall Gambit and the main line Ruy Lopez.

    The show is here, it's free, and it's available on-demand for the next month or so.