Video Guide

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  • | Sep 8, 2011

Need a little help navigating the hundreds of videos on Use this guide.

The Opening

Development For Beginners: This long series goes from the most basic up to the very complex.

Pawn Structure 101: Everything you needed to know about pawn structure from IM Daniel Rensch. 

White Against The Petroff: This series of five videos for intermediate-to-advanced players shows a few different ways for White to play against the Petroff Defense, in the main line and in the Cochrane Gambit.

Shankland Teaches The Najdorf: This series covers a complete Najdorf repertoire for Black. It is intended for advanced players.

Applying Principles In The King's Gambit: This series teaches you about decision-making in the opening, and in particular the important principles that come up in the King's Gambit.

The Scandinavian: Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you everything you need to know about this fighting opening. 

Spicy Gambits: GM Simon Williams shows you the most exotic opening gambits chess has to offer. 

How To Crush Your Opponent With The King's Gambit: GM Williams revives this romantic opening. 

The Fighting Dragon: IM Keaton Kiewra takes a comprehensive look at the most aggressive Sicilian. 

Melik Suggests: For 10 video lessons, GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to analyze his preferred variations of different openings.

The Schliemann Gambit: GM Melikset Khachiyan teaches you the essential theory and concepts underpinning Black's most aggressive response to the Ruy Lopez.

The Evans Gambit: Join GM Jacek Stopa and several guest authors in exploring the swashbuckling Evans Gambit from both sides of the board.


Intermediate Checkmates: For beginner and intermediate-level players: build your knowledge of checkmate patterns.

Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story: What does chess have in common with Taylor Swift? Find out in this exciting queen-sac series. 

Tactical Patterns You Must Know: IM Daniel Rensch teaches you all the essential tactics in chess.  


Amazing Games For Beginners: IM David Pruess and FM Elliot Liu teach beginners the foundations of good chess play with these instructive and elegant masterpieces.

Isolated Queen Pawns: This series takes a look at one of the most important pawn structures in chess, which characteristically comes out of the Queen's Gambit, the Nimzo Indian, the Caro-Kann, the French, and the Alapin Sicilian among other mainstream openings.

The Principle Of Two Weaknesses: One of the most fundamental strategic concepts in chess, but a difficult one to employ in the middlegame or endgame. This series starts off at an intermediate level.

Playing With A Space Advantage: Space and time work in harmony for great chess players, and this video series by GM Lenderman (as well as the prequel videos by IM David Pruess) will get you started on the right path!

Practical Defense: In this series, Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan implores all members to understand and appreciate the difficult art of finding accurate defensive moves when under practical pressure. For advanced players, this series is solid gold!

Positional Tips: GM Melik Khachiyan gives you myriad positional guidelines to follow, providing specific examples from his own games that illustrate some timeless chess truths. 


King And Pawn Endgames: You have to know K+P endgames in order to play other endgames, since trades can always come up! This is where anyone who wants to play a quality endgame must start.

Rook And Pawn Endgames: Rook and pawn endgames are the most common type of endgame, and thus they are a natural second endgame to study. They are very tricky though!

Berlin Endgames: Probably the most important endgame of all on the world-championship level. 

Fun And Educational

The Greatest Chess Minds: This gargantuan series covers all the best players in chess history. Enjoy the greatest games by the biggest names in the game. 

Ben Finegold's Road To GM: Follow along with Finegold as he earns the highest title in chess. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way. 

How To Improve Your Chess: GM Kaidanov lays out the steps for a chess player to improve his entire approach to the game, from practical to psychological! He provides all the steps needed for recognizing and eliminating your mistakes and patterns.

Simply The Best: Garry Kasparov: IM Shankland reviews the life and games of the greatest chess player of all time: the former world champion Garry Kasparov! The series needs no further introduction other than a word to the wise: If you consider yourself a serious and aspiring chess player, studying the games of the greatest player ever might not be a bad idea!

Best Of Millionaire Chess: GM Maurice Ashley presents the most amazing games from the richest open event in chess history. Ashley's inimitable style is the perfect complement for the fireworks on the chessboard in these can't miss videos. 

Chess Broadcasts

Coming soon.


  • 8 weeks ago


    I like this. Can you update it to include Grunfeld and other opening treasures in this library?

  • 3 months ago


    combine GMs Kaidanov and Shankland and Bojkov's 

    series on the Carlsbad the QG and Slav

  • 7 months ago


  • 7 months ago


    How do I award a well done trophy to an opponent ?

  • 9 months ago


    This is really great!

  • 9 months ago


    thanku sir for reply and i am waiting....Laughing

  • 9 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Working on it.

  • 9 months ago


    hey no video on Scotch Game Cry

  • 11 months ago


    'Lasker and Fischer, then Garry Kasparov. He had a computer team. 

  • 12 months ago


    no entiendo el inglés tiene que estar traducido al español

  • 14 months ago


    It has been awhile, is there an update coming for this section?

  • 17 months ago


    E' possibile vedere video tradotti in Italiano?

  • 19 months ago


    Thanks much for the Premium Member!

  • 21 months ago


  • 23 months ago


    Can you plz update it?

  • 24 months ago


    Thanks very much keep ur videos up there great

  • 24 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Guys - in our redesign we will have much better ways of searching for video archives. So yes, we *will* be updating this at some point, but our original purpose for it was to help with this process... and since we've started redesigning so much, that has taken priority.

    We will get to this and it will eventually be full of every video series on the site :)


  • 24 months ago


    Can't be bothered to update this or the study plans I see..

  • 24 months ago


    C'mon there's been so much knew video series so please update

  • 24 months ago



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