Spanish Exchange Variation – IM Andrew Martin

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[caption id="attachment_442706" align="alignright" width="220"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Spanish-Exchange-Variation-IM-Andrew-Martin.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-442706" title="Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Spanish-Exchange-Variation-IM-Andrew-Martin.jpg" alt="Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin" width="220" height="304" data-wp-pid="442706" /></a> Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin[/caption]

A simple idea underpins the <strong>Spanish Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez</strong>. Take all the pieces off and White wins the ending.

Naturally, the execution of this plan is anything but simple because Black obtains the Bishop pair and free piece play to compensate him for his doubled pawns on c6.

Nevertheless, it is useful to have something to aim for! Many World Champions have employed 4.Bxc6 and we will see some of their encounters on this DVD, along with a collection of very recent examples.

[caption id="attachment_2695634" align="alignleft" width="400"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/spanish-exchange-variation-im-andrew-martin.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2695634 size-full" title="Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/spanish-exchange-variation-im-andrew-martin.jpg" alt="Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin" width="400" height="311" data-wp-pid="2695634" /></a> Spanish Exchange Variation Screenshot[/caption]

<strong>Bobby Fischer</strong> was perhaps the most influential of those who played 4.Bxc6, as he showed the line could be played dynamically and that White was not restricted only to play for better endgames.

The <strong>Spanish Exchange Variation</strong> is suitable for all levels of player, completely sound, and a good tournament weapon.

On this new ChessBase DVD, <strong>Andrew Martin</strong> makes a convincing case for White’s chances. In 2010, 4.Bxc6 is as dangerous as ever.

[caption id="attachment_2695635" align="alignright" width="220"]<a href="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/im-andrew-martin.jpg"><img class="wp-image-2695635 size-full" title="IM Andrew Martin" src="https://www.ichess.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/im-andrew-martin.jpg" alt="IM Andrew Martin" width="220" height="304" data-wp-pid="2695635" /></a> International Master Andrew Martin[/caption]
<h3>About the Author:</h3>
<strong>Andrew David Martin</strong> (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.

Martin received his title as international master in1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton.

Martin was a commentator at the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000 and commentated at the British Championship for 20 years, before retiring in 2017.

On the 21st of February 2004, Martin set a new world record for simultaneous chess. He faced 321 chess players at the same time. His result was: 294 wins, 26 draws, and only one loss.

Martin is known as a professional chess teacher and is the former Head of the ECF Academy. Martin is also a chess columnist, an author of chess books, and the author of various instructional videos. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer and the current ECF Manager of Coaches.

Martin lives in Bramley, England, and still teaches extensively.
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Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin
Spanish Exchange Variation – IM Andrew Martin

A simple idea underpins the Spanish Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. Take all the pieces off and White wins the ending.

Naturally, the execution of this plan is anything but simple because Black obtains the Bishop pair and free piece play to compensate him for his doubled pawns on c6.

Nevertheless, it is useful to have something to aim for! Many World Champions have employed 4.Bxc6 and we will see some of their encounters on this DVD, along with a collection of very recent examples.

Spanish Exchange Variation - IM Andrew Martin
Spanish Exchange Variation Screenshot

Bobby Fischer was perhaps the most influential of those who played 4.Bxc6, as he showed the line could be played dynamically and that White was not restricted only to play for better endgames.

The Spanish Exchange Variation is suitable for all levels of player, completely sound, and a good tournament weapon.

On this new ChessBase DVD, Andrew Martin makes a convincing case for White’s chances. In 2010, 4.Bxc6 is as dangerous as ever.

IM Andrew Martin
International Master Andrew Martin

About the Author:

Andrew David Martin (born 18th May 1957 in West Ham, London) is an English chess player with the title of international master.

Martin received his title as international master in1984. He earned his first grandmaster norm in the British Championship of 1997 in Brighton.

Martin was a commentator at the chess world championship between Kasparov and Kramnik in 2000 and commentated at the British Championship for 20 years, before retiring in 2017.

On the 21st of February 2004, Martin set a new world record for simultaneous chess. He faced 321 chess players at the same time. His result was: 294 wins, 26 draws, and only one loss.

Martin is known as a professional chess teacher and is the former Head of the ECF Academy. Martin is also a chess columnist, an author of chess books, and the author of various instructional videos. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer and the current ECF Manager of Coaches.

Martin lives in Bramley, England, and still teaches extensively.

System Requirements:

Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.


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