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  1. 18 May '11 00:13 / 1 edit
    You know me by now, if it's crap I scream from the rooftops it's crap.
    If it's OK I say it's OK...If I think it's good, I rec it.

    Have I ever given you a bum steer?

    Trust me - these are good and not your usual YouTube Chess Naff.

    Andrew Martin has effortlessly put together a batch of vids.
    I say effortlessly because the guy is a natural chess teacher.
    (I've only met him once so this is not a cosy-cosy we are all chums review).

    They are free!
    Enjoy and see how it should be done, you will pick up something without any effort.
    I stress effortless because it comes across like the lad is sitting in a club
    and showing just you the game. Face to face instruction is the best you can get.

    There are 10 in the series with a promise of more to come.
    I'd be interested in what you think.

    A quick review and a link to just four.

    Teaching Chess to Kids (12.14)

    YouTube&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    Some advice for bidding coaches from an experienced teacher and a good game
    that I know more than a few of you will benefit from.

    Max Euwe (14.27)

    YouTube&feature=relmfu

    Alekhine's punching bag? Think again.

    The Sniper (10.53)

    YouTube&feature=relmfu

    I'm a wee bit worried about this one. I don't want you guys giviing up your
    g7 Bishop even for an a1 Rook. Here the idea is to swap it for the c3 Knight
    just to triple the c-pawns.


    Martin guides you through this and just makes you want to try it.
    I can see I'm going to be looking at tripled c-pawns for months to come.

    Demolishing the French (11.40)

    YouTube&feature=channel_video_title

    A great game stripped of it's mystic and contains a Wow! move.
  2. Subscriber Paul Leggett
    Chess Librarian
    18 May '11 01:12
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You know me by now, if it's crap I scream from the rooftops it's crap.
    If it's OK I say it's OK...If I think it's good, I rec it.

    Have I ever given you a bum steer?

    Trust me - these are good and not your usual YouTube Chess Naff.

    Andrew Martin has effortlessly put together a batch of vids.
    I say effortlessly because the guy is a natural chess ...[text shortened]... hannel_video_title

    A great game stripped of it's mystic and contains a Wow! move.
    I have a game just now going on that reached the "Sniper" position, but I didn't know it had a name! I parted with the bishop partly to get over my same opinion as yours ("give up my bishop for less than forced mate? are you nuts?"😉, but I saw the structural issues and decided the game would be great practice for the upcoming US Open.

    I should also add that I have Martin's DVD on the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon, and while I am not a big DVD fan, it was definitely one of the most productive 2.5 hours of chess learning I have ever had.

    I also have to completely agree about his "friend of yours sitting with you at the club" persona that just makes everything more interesting and easier to grasp.

    I own his Winning with the King's Indian book, and it is one of the best books I have ever read. When I first read his notes to the games featuring the exchange sacrifice in the Kavalek variation against the white fianchetto, it was eye-opening for me- the best reference I can make was that it was like Dorothy leaving her black-and-white house to enter Munchkinland in Technicolor.

    In your Church of Martin, I am on the front pew!
  3. 02 Jul '11 19:13
    Bump.

    He's up to 28 videos now. A regular Energizer bunny, he is.
  4. 02 Jul '11 21:14
    I'm following them.

    I liked these two.

    No Short Cuts.

    YouTube&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

    Winning Ugly

    http://www.youtube.com/user/YMChessMaster#p/a/u/0/3A0HPD7iJrk

    And I've played this third one at blitz a few times.

    1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 Qf3


    Though unlike the game shown by Martin I usually end up with the
    Queen going to g3 or b3. Win some, lose some, have fun.

    YouTube&feature=related
  5. 02 Jul '11 23:46
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Demolishing the French (11.40)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnAfT17qztw&feature=channel_video_title

    A great game stripped of it's mystic and contains a Wow! move.
    I really liked the video about destroying the French.
  6. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    03 Jul '11 01:54 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Paul Leggett
    ...In your Church of Martin, I am on the front pew!
    amen!

    oh, and the first video already is a polar bear, sweet!



    (somehow I've missed this thread and the vids the first time around. good bump, mad rook!)
  7. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    03 Jul '11 04:24
    Originally posted by moon1969
    I really liked the video about destroying the French.
    Damn Frog got my girl.😞
  8. 03 Jul '11 14:28 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You know me by now, if it's crap I scream from the rooftops it's crap.
    If it's OK I say it's OK...If I think it's good, I rec it.

    Have I ever given you a bum steer?

    Trust me - these are good and not your usual YouTube Chess Naff.

    Andrew Martin has effortlessly put together a batch of vids.
    I say effortlessly because the guy is a natural chess hannel_video_title

    A great game stripped of it's mystic and contains a Wow! move.
    can we discuss the sniper for i am currently researching some lines to play against
    the modern, and it comes as of some interest to me. I watched the video and it is
    of great interest. It must be noted that 3....c5 gives white the option of transposing
    into Benoni or open Sicilian, however, the move 4.dxc5 is very interesting indeed.
    If black wants to go after the pawn with ...Qa5 his runs some risks as the following
    lines demonstrate.



    sooo perhaps the sniper is a real alternative, any ideas on how to face it, comments
    would be appreciated, Martin gives after 5...Nf6, Qd4 as a try. There was a game
    posted by my friends from Greece Black beetle and Ulysses72 in which beetle
    voluntarily took trippled pawns and had a favourable outcome, i wonder how to
    proceed in this position though.
  9. 03 Jul '11 15:06
    Sniper Gets Shot!

    YouTube
  10. 03 Jul '11 16:38 / 1 edit
    it seems to me GP that the merit of the sniper is taking one down a less trodden path, practically unknown in fact to white. I think its therefore best, not to try to refute it, but to drag the game back into well known waters and let black prove that his dragon theory is up to bar, for it seems to me that the main reason one employs ultra sharp systems like the sniper are to avoid theory altogether, well , why should white let black avoid all his hard study? no way, hes playing the dragon and that's that, 3...c5, Nf3!
  11. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    03 Jul '11 20:45
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    You know me by now, if it's crap I scream from the rooftops it's crap.
    Yeah, about that, your neighbours wish you'd wear more than your Y fronts when you do so.
    Thanks in advance