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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? This evolving work-in-progress article is an attempt to organize them for you. Split first by general area of the game (Opening, Tactics, Strategy, Endgame, Other); and then by difficulty level.

The Opening

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

White Against the Petroff - This series of 5 videos for intermediate-advanced players shows a few different ways for white to play against the Petroff Defense, in the mainline 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.


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


Amazing Games for Beginners - This has a bit of everything: tactics, strategy, endgames, 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 for 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!


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!

Fun And Educational

How to Improve Your Chess - In this video series GM Kaidanov lays out the steps for a chess player to improve entire approach to the game. From practical to psychological! He provides all the steps needed for recognizing and eliminating your mistakes and patterns. Enjoy!

Simply the Best: Garry Kasparov - In this video series IM Shankland reviews the life and games of the greatest chess player of all time: 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!

Chess Broadcasts

Coming soon.


  • 20 months ago


    Are u working on it

  • 21 months ago


    Can you update them please

  • 2 years ago



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

  • 2 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

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    We are working on it Wink

  • 2 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?

  • 3 years ago


    How about adding IM Rensch's 

    Patterns Everyone Must Know: Mating Nets 1-5 under tactics, and pawn structure series under strategy. 

    It would be ideal if nearly every video could be reached via the above menu (requiring a cascading tree of menus of course). 

  • 3 years ago


    I really love Khachiyans videos (Ive literally gone over 100 of them, from page 13 to page 3 in his video archives), but they'd need their own section since in his games he covers the opening ideas, tactical ideas, positional ideas, and endgame ideas pretty extensively. Like if you want to see how a game should be played, with a chain of logic linking each move and transitioning from the opening to the ending, see his videos. Ive even seen less strong players saying they gained insight from his videos, though the videos are advanced since its basically a grandmaster going through his complete thinking process in games he, his students, or famous masters played.


    Also if you look under rook and pawn endgames, you'll see Rensch put Khachiyan's series on rook and pawn endgames along side his own.

  • 3 years ago


    I'd really like to see some of Mr. Khachiyan's video lecture series on this page.


    Shaurya Jain

  • 3 years ago


    this is a great idea!

  • 4 years ago


    Can't wait for you to get it all organized.  I didn't even realize that many of the videos even existed.

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