FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames:
1. Rook vs. knight.
2. Queen vs. rook.
3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops.
If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video
Wow! Roman is not short on superlatives for this one! First he shows you several positions where the discussion is whether a bishop is good or bad, then you get to see both sides' misunderstanding of this concept. But our author saves his highest opprobrium for a simple pawn move. "This is the worst move I've seen in months." One side clearly wasn't thinking about squares gained and taken away - it turns out to be the pivotal mistake. Enjoy the lesson! | Watch video
Ben's loss is our gain! Since he didn't play in the U.S. Championship this year, he had two weeks to commentate on the games and see the best and worst moments. Today he compiles all of his favorite positions into one video. Besides a few spirited attacks, you'll also be treated to one of the most tricky knight vs. bishop endgames we've ever shown. The winning technique is far from obvious, but GM Josh Friedel found it. Can you? | Watch video
The winner of the Best Game Prize at this year's U.S. Championship! GM Finegold is a bit flummoxed trying to explain what tournament leader GM Akobian did wrong, before conceding it may be that walkabout the bishop took. Spending five moves to travel from f8 to g7 is not usually recommended, but you can chalk that up to the strength of GM Shankland's position. Is there Caro-Kann on the ropes? Judging by our recent videos, perhaps it is! | Watch video