The Legend: Richard Réti – Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)

Published on Jun 8, 2015


Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles the great problem composer Richard Réti. Check out these winning games for white from the Czech legend.

Richard Reti vs Karoly Sterk, Vienna (1910): C66 Ruy Lopez, closed Berlin defence, Bernstein variation
Reti vs Savielly Tartakower, Vienna – (1910): B15 Caro-Kann defence
Reti vs Arthur Dunkelblum, Vienna (1914): C46 Three knights game
(post-game fantasy) Reti vs H L de Leeuw, Amsterdam simul (1919)
Reti vs Jose Raul Capablanca, New York (1924): A15 English opening
Reti vs Max Walter, Bratislava (1925): A35 English, symmetrical, four knights system

The Legend: Leonid Stein – Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)

May 26, 2015


Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles three-time USSR Champion Leonid Stein, one of the greatest ever to never become world champion. See great games played by this brilliant attacker.

Stein-Kwiatkowski, 1959: D20 Queen’s Gambit Accepted, 3.e4
Leonid Stein vs Semyon Abramovich Furman, Olympiad URS (1959): B44 Sicilian defence
Stein-Sakharov, 1960: B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Nimzovich-Rossolimo, Moscow) attack
Stein-Zurakhov, 1960: B66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer attack, 7…a6
Stein vs Isaak Iosifovich Lenchiner, Ukranian Ch (1960): B98 Sicilian, Najdorf variation
Stein vs David Bronstein, USSR Championship 1961a (1961): B06 Robatsch (modern) defence
Stein vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, USSR Championship 1961a (1961): C19 French, Winawer, advance, poisoned pawn variation

The Legend: Viktor Korchnoi – Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)

Fischer vs Kortchnoi at the Candidates in Curacao, 1962


Jun 2, 2015


Grandmaster Ben Finegold profiles arguably the strongest non-World Champion ever, Viktor Korchnoi. A game from every decade the Soviet defector played strongly is featured.

Viktor Korchnoi vs Vladimir Zak, Leningrad (1951): D00 Queen’s pawn, Chigorin variation
Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon vs Korchnoi, USSR Championship (1960): B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
Korchnoi vs Arturo Pomar-Salamanca, EU-chT Kapfenberg (1970): A00 Benko’s opening
Korchnoi vs Karoly Honfi, Baden-Baden 32/127 (1981): A62 Benoni, fianchetto variation
Korchnoi vs Artur Yusupov, Cologne (1990): A18 English, Mikenas-Carls, Flohr variation
Korchnoi vs Pavel Kotsur, 34th Olympiad (2000): C02 French, advance, Wade variation


Anatoli Karpow and Viktor Kortschnoi in Meran, 1981

The Legend: Paul Morphy – Lecture By GM Ben Finegold (Video)



Grandmaster Ben Finegold pays tribute to his favorite player ever, former unofficial World Champion Paul Morphy. See how the first great American player outclassed his opponents, all while sacrificing pieces and starting a rook down.

Morphy vs Charles Le Carpentier, New Orleans (1849): C44 Scotch gambit
Morphy vs James McConnell, New Orleans (1849): C40 Greco defence
James McConnell vs Morphy, New Orleans (1850): C02 French, advance variation
Morphy vs. NN, ? (1850): C57 two knights defence, Fegatello attack, Polerio defence
Morphy vs Charles Maurian, New Orleans (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim gambit
Morphy vs Thomas Herbert Worrall, New York (1857): C37 King’s Gambit Accepted, Ghulam Kassim 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