How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold reviews his father’s famous game with Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest players of all time.
NM Ronald Finegold played an excellent game in the French Defense against Fischer, who was 20 years old, at the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan.
Fischer went on to win the tournament with 7.5/8.
NM Finegold decided to reach an endgame against Fischer, and the result was an instructive position reprinted in textbooks and magazines. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams, one of the most frequent practitioners of the Dutch Defense, shows why it isn't the opening's fault that he is 0-3 against GM Alexei Shirov. Today the plan of ...Ne4 and the importance of ...e5 are spotlighted. You'll learn some of the attacking themes to use and pawn structures to avoid. After the opening lesson, you also get to see Shirov be Shirov with a textbook exchange sac. What is it with Latvians and their devastating attacks? Watch the Baltic Blitz! | Watch video
If you only watch one video on the Dutch, it must be this one! GM Ginger, the author of books on the opening, synthesizes the main points into this introductory video. Watch him discuss the pawn structures and attacking formations while he flashes some tactics. Beating a 2700 is as simple as "throwing your bits at him." Now go chuck your army at the king and beat a Super-GM - let us know in the comments who you took down! | Watch video
You've got questions, and NM Dan Heisman has answers! Topics range from theory to gossip - check out this entertaining variety show from a man with 40+ years of chess history under his scorebook. You'll want to see what position Bobby Fischer could "win against God!" | Watch video