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Video Guide

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  • | Sep 8, 2011

Need a little help navigating the hundreds of videos on Chess.com? 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. 


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: This has a bit of everything: tactics, strategy, endgames, and thought process. As the name implies, this is flashy, aesthetic material that will help you remember what you learn, but everything is presented in a way accessible to beginners.

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 Chess.com 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.


  • 24 months ago


    As you are advertising various videos on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN6mrRezpIk can you fix your video search engine so I can find these videos on chess.com?

  • 24 months ago


    I would love to be able to see things like gambits.

  • 2 years ago



  • 2 years ago


    I would really appreciate if someone can go through the entire video library and update this guide.

  • 2 years ago


    Change it please

  • 2 years ago


    Are u working on it

  • 2 years ago


    Can you update them please

  • 3 years ago



    a good look at  www. custombookbinding.com and the cataloging and cross referencing will  exactly fit the task before you

  • 3 years ago


    Is the complete caro - part 6 by Sam Shankland missing? Can't find it in the database.

    Update: I have found it. Thanks

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    We are working on it Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Could this list be updated please? There have been several video series created since this list was first made. Thanks!

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess


  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for the reply. Good as gold.Smile

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    jadedog, all free videos are displayed in a blue box on the right hand side of the video home page-- but only non-diamonds can see that box. so just tell your friend(s) to go to http://www.chess.com/videos and they will find the videos available to them.

  • 3 years ago


    Cool Guide.

    How can I tell which videos are only available to premium members and which ones are in the free video library?

    (For the purpose of recommending videos to non-premium members.)

  • 3 years ago


    I think it's perfect...

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    what would go into middlegame that would not go into strategy or tactics? and how long does it take to find something in this list? if we have the resources to thoroughly go through all our series and add them to this, then we may need to break things down further, but for now this seems quite serviceable.

  • 3 years ago


    Needs ALOT of improvement, I think it would be best to be sorted with maybe 7 to 10 sections (Openings, MiddleGame, Endgames, Tactics, Strategy, Famous Games, etc.) with submenus below those.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    go to the video home page, and search for "ruy lopez" as key term.


  • 3 years ago


    Is there anyway to quickly find out if there is a specific video or article I am interested in?  For instance, if I only wanted to access videos and articles on the Ruy Lopez opening, how would I do this?

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