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    Thursday
    Mar032016

    Women's World Championship, Game 2: Hou Wins With White in an Open Ruy

    It's so far, so good for the favorite in the 2016 Women's World Chess Championship, as Hou Yifan dispatched Mariya Muzychuk pretty convincingly on the white side of an Open Ruy. Hou's 14.Bf4 was a rare move, allowing Muzychuk to damage her (White's) kingside pawn structure in return for the bishop pair and some kingside attacking possibilities (notably f3-f4-f5).

    The idea may have been for one game only, but in this case it proved effective. Hou also wisely avoided any immediate commitments to a kingside attack, and moves like 16.Rfd1 and 19.a4 forced Muzychuk to burn a lot of time worrying about White's queenside possibilities as well. Muzychuk's decision to play 19...Nd8 was ill-advised, and although Hou's inaccurate 26th move gave Muzychuk one chance to save the game, Black was overwhelmed from that point on. Muzychuk managed but a single cheapo at the end of the game, which came after Hou's 32nd move won a piece. (My analysis of the game is here.)

    The players have Friday off, and resume on Saturday and Sunday.

    Friday
    Jan272012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XIX: Finishing the Open Ruy

    We're making progress! This week's show finally brings part of our series on the Ruy Lopez to a close (but not the whole!). Our coverage of the Open Ruy finishes with a look at the variations starting with 9.c3 Nc5 and 9...Be7. There are a ridiculously large number of transpositional options there, but I hope to have brought some order to the chaos while giving a useful presentation of the current state of theory, even offering some minor novelties and near-novelties for future exploration.

    The show is free, as always (free registration required), and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Sunday
    Jan222012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Quick Ruy XVIII

    This week we continue our series on the Ruy Lopez, and we're close to wrapping up the section on the Open Ruy. Having finished with 9.Qe2, 9.Be3 and 9.Nbd2 it's time for 9.c3, and this time around I take a look at the very sharp lines with 9...Bc5. This is some very entertaining theory, so even those of you who wouldn't touch either side of the Open Ruy with a proverbial 10-foot pole might still find the show enjoyable.

    Have a look here and see for yourself. The show is free, as always (free one-time only registration required), and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Friday
    Jan062012

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Quick Ruy XVII; Part Five on the Open Ruy

    If this gets any "quicker" today's teenagers will be grandparents by the time I finish. Nevertheless, the "Quick" Ruy series marches on, and in this week's installment I complete my look at 9.Nbd2 against the Open Ruy - at least when it doesn't transpose into a 9.c3 variation - which is what we'll look at next time. If you play the Open Ruy with either side, I'd recommend having a look!

    The show is free, as always (one-time only free registration is required), and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Monday
    Jan022012

    Last Week's ChessVideos Show: Fixed!

    There was a problem with the audio of the ChessVideos show I recorded late last week. It's fixed now, and ready for viewing here. By way of reminder, it's the first of two shows covering the Open Ruy with 9.Nbd2. Have a look - it's free (free registration required) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Thursday
    Dec292011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy, Part XVI

    This week's episode is part 16 overall, and the first part of a two part series on the 9.Nbd2 line of the Open Ruy. Both sides have some options here, and this time around I focus on the glamor line 9...Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Ng5, as famously played by Karpov against Korchnoi in their 1978 world championship and successfully played by Kasparov against Anand in their 1995 title bout. In fact, Kasparov's spectacular win in game 10 of that match is the centerpiece of the show, both because it's a beautiful game and for its theoretical significance. As always, though, there's an antidote, and I show current theory's best answer for Black.

    The show is free, as always, as long as you've gone through the simple, free, one-time only registration process, and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Enjoy!

    Thursday
    Dec222011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy XV - The Open Ruy with 9.Be3

    Progress continues on our "quick" series on the Ruy, and I'm still hopeful that we'll finish before 2013! We're up to part XV now, our second on the main line of the Open Ruy. Last time we looked at Keres' 9.Qe2, and the next two Open Ruy shows will cover 9.c3 and 9.Nbd2. In between is this week's show, which features the logical developing move 9.Be3.

    It's a sensible try, developing a piece and immediately joining the fight for the important c5 square. I think that with accurate play Black can hold the balance here, but accurate play is required, as several very natural tries leave White with an advantage. It might be a bit much to call 9.Be3 a surprise weapon, but I suspect that it could prove more effective at the club level than the more common 9.c3 and 9.Nbd2.

    Watch the 9.Be3 video here; it's free (one-time only free registration is required) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Monday
    Dec192011

    New ChessVideos Show: The Quick Ruy, Part XIV: The Open Variation with 9.Qe2

    After taking some time off from the "Quick Ruy" series, we resume with a look into the Open Ruy; in particular, the Keres Variation with 9.Qe2. Within this system I examine three lines. First, there's the interesting but dubious 9...g5. This can work against an unprepared opponent, but if your opponent knows what he's doing you might become road kill. The other two lines are in the main thoroughfare with 9...Be7. After 10.Rd1 there's the dynamic 10...Nc5, inviting wild complications after 11.Bxd5, and there's the solid, stable and reliable main line with 10...0-0.

    The 9.Qe2 Open Ruy video is here, and as always, it's free (one-time only free registration required) and will be available on-demand for the next month or so.