Coach Keaton Reporting

Coach Keaton Reporting

TigerChess
Jun 26, 2016, 12:00 AM |
0 | Strategy

We all have our favorite areas to study. In this series, you'll get to enjoy two of IM Keaton Kiewra's favorites: kingside attacks and queen endgames. As usual, coach Keaton has found some of the more exciting games on Chess.com for his lectures. You don't want to miss out on any of these instant classics!

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Coach Keaton Reporting: Storming The Castle! — Part 1 How often is the position relatively stable yet the winning move is h3!? Watch and see what GM Pentala Harikrishna foresaw well in advance — that his brilliant avalanche against GM Hikaru Nakamura's king would only work if he first prevented a counterattack. The pawn structure is reminiscent of the famous game Karpov vs Gligoric played in Leningrad in 1973. Suffice to say, Karpov won it much differently than Hariskrishna!

Coach Keaton Reporting: Storming The Castle! — Part 2 Coach Keaton has two more kingside attacks for you. One is the traditional opposite-side-castling pawn storm. The h-file is ripped open, but White relies on a clever deflection to break through. The second assault on the king comes via a speculative minor piece sacrifice, played by the world number-two. While the defense wasn't perfect, you can't argue that While was under pressure. In the end, his pieces are completely paralyzed — would you have captured on f2? 

Coach Keaton Reporting: Storming The Castle! — Part 3 Despite being close several times, Nakamura has famously never overcome Carlsen in classical time controls. In Zurich this year, he built a formidable battery on the h-file. Did he have the Swiss precision necessary to finally grab his first win? Coach Keaton reviews the semantics of the aggressive opening as well as the hugely complex attack in which a quiet move amidst the maelstrom was needed! 

Coach Keaton Reporting: Candidates And Queen Endings! — Part 1 Coach Keaton is back on assignment. This time he is looking at a stellar endgame played by GM Vishy Anand. What should have been a difficult technical conversion was made to look easy. Queen and pawn endgames are governed by different thought processes than other endgames. By watching this video you'll learn what the most crucial thing should be. Anand performs the task gracefully, almost oblivious to the fact that he is being chased by the black queen! 

Coach Keaton Reporting: Candidates And Queen Endings! — Part 2 How do you like your queen endings — crazy or technical? No matter. Coach Keaton has both for you today. First, a queen ending that morphs into a four-queen ending, not once, but twice! How is that even possible? Oh, the power of blitz! Then, we have a book-like single-pawn ending where the usual barrage of checks must all be analyzed. Nobody said queen endings were easy, but they do favor players that are willing to calculate!

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