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September 19:
"On the Road Again Part 1" by IM David Vigorito

September 18:
"Storm of Exotic Ideas" by GM Leonid Kritz

September 17:
"A Wild King's Indian at the Tromso Olympiad" by FM Dennis Monokroussos

September 16:
"A Nimzovichian Struggle from the 2014 Olympiad" by IM Bill Paschall

September 15:
"Smyslov's Endgame" by IM Valeri Lilov

September 12:
"A Complicated Endgame by Alekhine" by GM Bryan Smith

September 11:
"Learning Patient Position Play from a Youngster!" by GM Eugene Perelshteyn

September 10:
"Olympic Miniatures" by FM Dennis Monokroussos

Meet the Masters

GM Eugene Perelshteyn
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GM Eugene Perelshteyn
Eugene Perelshteyn was born in Ukraine and learned chess from his father, a FIDE Master. He moved to the United States at the age of fourteen and won the U.S. U18 Championship in 2000. Eugene earned a chess scholarship from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he graduated in computer science. In 2002 he was awarded the Samford Chess Fellowship given to the top American Player under 25 years old which helped him earn the GM title in 2006. He currently lives in Massachusetts, and competes mainly in New England.

He is a regular contributor to ChessLecture.com, and is co-author of two books, Chess Openings for White, Explained and Chess Openings for Black, Explained, both in their second editions.

FIDE: 2542
TITLE: International Grandmaster

GM Jesse Kraai GM Jesse Kraai
GM Jesse Kraai currently resides in Richmond, California. His most notable chess achievements are winning the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in 1989 and 1990, and competing in the US championship from 2002-2006. Jesse received his final GM norm at the Foxwoods Open 2007 and has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg.

Jesse is an active chess coach for many students in the New Mexico area.

FIDE: 2526
TITLE: International Grandmaster

IM Bill Paschall IM Bill Paschall
IM Bill Paschall currently resides in Budapest, Hungary. Bill was the Boylston Chess Club Champion 2002, finished 1st at the Foxwoods Open 2002, Two-Time New England Open Champion, and has defeated more than 20 IGM's in tournament play. Bill has extensive experience training both adults and children privately and in the schools.

FIDE: 2386
TITLE: International Master

IM David Vigorito IM David Vigorito
IM David Vigorito is the 2007 Massachusetts Champion and he has also been the state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada. He is currently rated 2479 USCF and is the Champion of the Boylston (Boston) Chess Club. He played in the 2006 U.S. Championship after finishing in a tie for 3rd place at the U.S. Open in Phoenix. David is a successful chess author - his Challenging the Nimzo-Indian has been very well received by critics and players alike, and his recently released second book, Play the Semi-Slav, has been eagerly anticipated. David is an active chess coach for students of all ages and levels.

FIDE: 2400
TITLE: International Master

FM Dennis Monokroussos FM Dennis Monokroussos
FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet. He was coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games. He can be contacted through his blog at http://www.thechessmind.net.

FIDE: 2281
TITLE: FIDE Master

LM Dana Mackenzie
LM Dr. Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a PhD mathematician, and an award-winning mathematics and science journalist and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the "Fischer boom" of 1971-72 and for some reason never quit. He was the champion of North Carolina in 1985 and 1987, and became a master in 1988.

Mackenzie now lives in Santa Cruz, CA and runs a chess club for kids at the local library. His passion for chess and his enthusiasm for teaching is unmistakable.

FIDE: 2112
TITLE: Life Master (USCF)

IM Valeri Lilov IM Valeri Lilov
IM Valeri Lilov is a young chess talent from the small European country of Bulgaria. He is based in Varna, Bulgaria and has been working as successful chess coach and lecturer over the internet for more than seven years. In 2000 in Moscow, Russia, he became the European Individual School Chess Champion U10 with the record result of 6,5 out of 7. In 2005, he made a record in the history of Bulgarian chess by achieving 32 consecutive wins from national championships, which included two magnificent victories in simuls against the top Bulgarian grandmasters, Veselin Topalov and Kiril Georgiev.

In 2008, he achieved his highest FIDE  rating and in 2013, the title of International master.

FIDE: 2434
TITLE: International Master

GM Bryan Smith GM Bryan Smith
GM Bryan Smith grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and currently splits his time between Novi Sad, Serbia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of his accomplishments include first place in the 2008 National Chess Congress, 2009 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, and 2011 Limpedea Cup. He was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and became a GM in 2013. Bryan is the first ever Grandmaster from Alaska!

FIDE: 2475
TITLE: International Grandmaster

GM Leonid Kritz GM Leonid Kritz
GM Leonid Kritz was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984. He started playing chess at age of 4, at Spartak Moscow Chess School. Youth World Champion under 16 in 1999, became grandmaster at the age of 19 years in 2003. Participated at FIDE World Cup in 2004, represented Germany at Chess Olympiad 2004, and European Team Championships 2005 and 2007. Co-winner of SPICE Cup 2008 - by that time strongest round-robin tournament in the US history.

FIDE: 2612
TITLE: International Grandmaster

IM Josh Friedel GM Josh Friedel
GM Josh Friedel, USCF rating 2528, is one of the United States up-and-coming players. Josh achieved the National Master rating at age 13 and gained his IM title in August of 2005. His tournament victories are many, including the 2001 Pan Am Open, and the 2005 Queen City Open. Josh also obtained his first GM norm in December 2005 by winning the Berkeley Masters tournament. Josh recently gained his GM title and continues to play in chess tournaments around the globe.

FIDE: 2555
TITLE: International Grandmaster

IM John Watson
IM John Watson is a respected chess author with over 21 books to his credit. John's book "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy" won BCF Book-of-the-Year, ChessCafe.com Book-of-the-Year, and the 1999 Cramer Award for Book-of-the-Year.

John is a well respected chess trainer in the United States (his student, Tal Shaked, won the 1997 World Junior Championship).

FIDE: 2339
TITLE: International Master

IM John-Paul Wallace IM John-Paul Wallace
IM John-Paul Wallace is from Sydney, Australia currently residing in London, England. John-Paul was the youngest Australian Chess Champion ever at the age of 17 in 1993-94. John-Paul has also won the 2003 Pratt Foundation Australian Open Chess Championship and has represented Australia in two chess Olympiads.

John-Paul is a chess journalist and a chess coach for students online and over-the-board.

He is also available for after-dinner speaking and school appearances on topics such as 'the psychology of winners' and conducts management training days together with a top English poker professional, applying winning chess and poker strategy to the business world.

Feel free to contact John-Paul on johnpaulwallace@gmail.com or read more at http://www.wallacechess.com

FIDE: 2398
TITLE: International Master

IM Mark Diesen IM Mark Diesen
IM Mark Diesen sadly passed away in December of 2008 at his home in Conroe, Texas.

Before passing away Mark worked with the ChessLecture.com staff for a number of years offering excellent and well remembered lectures. All of these videos are still available in our archive. Mark was the World Junior Champion in 1976, the US Junior Co-Champion in 1976, and the Louisiana State Champion in 1986, 1987, and 1988.

FIDE: 2409
TITLE: International Master

IM Attila Turzo IM Attila Turzo

IM Attila Turzo currently resides in Hungary. Attila's keachievementsts are 1998 Hungarian Junior Champion and earned his IM title in 1997. Attila also won the First Saturday Chess Tournament in May 2004.

Turzo is a professional chess coach for students on the ICC and WCN.

FIDE: 2314
TITLE: International Master



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