It has been a while since we reported on, which act as a valuable addition to his chess columns.
Of course, we post the Telegraph columns every day here on our blog. Yet a newspaper column can only ever offer so much space per day and Malcolm likes to expand his analysis of key games considerably. Malcolm has been hard at work recording videos over the course of the last three months and today we provide an update on his progress.
It is time now to catch up with theproject, in order to help you wind down over the weekend with a substantial amount of top-quality chess material. Incidentally, the course is updated every week and is free, so head for the page and catch up with all of the action.
It is top-game action all the way in Malcolm’s debut Telegraph Tuesday video. From the sparkling tactics in the game Ian Nepomniachtchi against Li Chao to the exemplary endgame skill of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Malcolm delivers a veritable bonanza of high-quality material to instruct and entertain the viewer.
Magnus Carlsen – Anish Giri
Chessable Masters, 2020
Malcolm asks the question: ‘Why is this endgame so good for White?’to find out the answer.
It may also be possible to deduce which football team Malcolm supports by studying certain parts of the video carefully.
The centrepiece of Malcolm’s video for April 2021 is one of the most famous of all the games between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. This is the game played at the Linares tournament of 1993,to celebrate Kasparov’s birthday. The above image shows one of the reasons the game is so memorable; all of Karpov’s formerly active pieces have been forced to the back rank.
In amongst the other illustrative games, which feature a whole host of luminaries including Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Leela Zero and Stockfish, we also find a game by the man himself.
U. Osieka – M. Pein
Black to play and force checkmate in three moves
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May’s edition brings a selection of excellent games, starting with the big clash between Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at the FIDE Candidates Tournament. This is the famous game featuring the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Najdorf Sicilian, as coveredof Malcolm’s Daily Telegraph columns.
Fabiano Caruana – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Caruana unleashed 18.Bc4!! here. Malcolm comments: ‘Computer homebrew. Probably the move of the year already.’to Malcolm’s full analysis of this extremely complicated battle.
Also in the May round-up are several games by the new title challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi. These include a, which was played back on 2002.
Ian Nepomniachtchi – Magnus Carlsen
EU Ch. U12 Peniscola, 2002
White to Play
What did Nepomniachtchi play to wrap up a victory against the future World Champion?
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