Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
After playing a longer time control with him last week, now IM Danny Resnch tries to enact revenge on IM Keaton Kiewra in a series of 3+1 matches. Game one featured a shock checkmate, but no mate should ever really be unexpected in the Dragon. Hear the live analysis by Rensch as he takes you through his decision making. The match got so gripping, they continued playing after their planned series of three games. So today it is buy 3, get 1 free at Chess.com! | Watch video
So the Caro-Kann is super solid you say? I say not today! GM Finegold produces one of his favorite videos, with the Black king getting checkmated three times in the Advance Variation. You'll see some home cooking from one U.S. Champ against another, a brutally efficient mating attack from a top Chinese junior, and an extravagant king walk that ends in disaster. Three up, three down for the White pieces. Check please! | Watch video
Blunders are not like fine wine - they don't get better with age. But don't tell GM Finegold that! He eagerly shows off two games in which he was quickly dispatched due to early oversights. See if you can spot the blunders before Ben tells you. He saves face in game three, where he plays a Falafel? Perhaps it's more accurate to say he eats the Falafel (Ben is a vegetarian after all). Mmmm, tastes like checkmate. | Watch video