Chess.com U's 1st online camp
Chess.com University's first online camp, July 7-11, 2014 had 21 players. Boris Gelfand analysed his win against Hikaru Nakamura and then answered questions on chess-related issues. Other lecturers included GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, and IM Valeri Lilov.
GM Aveskulov gave four lectures. The themes were "prophylactic thinking", "playing with two bishops", "positional sacrifice of the exchange", and general advice about how to best work on chess. It was his first experience giving an online lecture in English for a large group of players.
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He gave a simul to the students and won all the games. But the most interesting position occured at the end of the last game. "I played one of the most unusual moves of my career. It doesn't win and a solid defense is not really hard to find. But I will remember this for a long time. It rarely happens that a player can subject his queen to direct attack in a relatively quiet position."
"Here I played 25...Qg5. White took the Queen, probably deciding that I was tired and had hung my queen. The correct answer was 26. Rfe1 with better play for Black thanks to a control over the open file and e3-hole), after which I gave the check 26...Rf2 27. Rxf2 Rxf2 and here my opponent realized that Black checkmates with 28...Rxh2. It reminded me of a combination which my friend, Alexander Zubarev, played in 2006."
"White played 22.Qh5!! gxh5 23. Bd1!!, after which Black could not stop the checkmating attack.
Hopefully, there will be more camps of this type and I again will be invited to share my thoughts about different middle and endgame problems."