The Legend: Anatoly Karpov – Chess Lecture By GM Varuzhan Akobian (Video)

Jan 16, 2015


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

The Legend: Garry Kasparov – Lecture By GM Yasser Seirawan (Video)

Feb 9, 2015


Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan celebrates Garry Kasparov by analyzing one of his most famous games: The Brisbane Bombshell. After you see this, you’ll realize what an “Octopus Knight” really is!

Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov, Karpov – Kasparov World Championship Match (1985): B44 Sicilian, Szen variation, Dely-Kasparov gambit

The Legend: Vasily Smyslov – Chess Beginners’ Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)



Grandmaster Ben Finegold pays tribute to one of the original grandmasters, former World Champion Vasily Smyslov. This is a new beginners’ lecture that features a legend each week.

Smyslov vs Zoltan Ribli, London (1983): D42 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
Smyslov vs Anatoly Karpov, USSR Championship (1971): D41 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch with e3
Paul Keres vs Smyslov, Zurich Candidates (1953): A17 English opening
Finegold vs Smyslov, London Lloyds (1988): E34 Nimzo-Indian, classical, Noa variation
Alexandar Tsvetkov vs Smyslov, Moscow (1947): B08 Pirc, classical system, 5.Be2