It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
Can you name the five types of forks that are the keys to winning chess tactics?
IM Daniel Rensch shows you the five fork patterns you need to know before you play your next chess game.
You’ll learn how each fork works and the types of positions where you need to look for them.
Don’t forget to take IM Rensch’s timed challenges in the video based on your own skill level. | Watch video
Chess.com takes lemons and makes lemonade. After the live server crashes, IM Rensch calls up an old pal and Death Match graduate, GM Shankland. The two discuss who is the most beatable opponent in the upcoming Tournament of Champions. Shankland then accepts Rensch's challenge. Watch the gamesmanship as the two play a live blitz game. "The only thing I should do in real chess games... is provide trash talk," Danny realizes after his recent games with Nakamura and Shankland. | Watch video
A smörgåsbord of chess games and puzzles today come to you from FM Klein, all with one theme - the lady doesn't dance. You'll see underpromotion compositions, two cases in the same game, and a recent Super-GM example. The tactic is rare enough that it produces a smile for even the top players, but not so rare that you'll never have to use it. Watch a handful more usages, and share any personal examples in the comments below! | Watch video
FM Klein jumps into IM Kiewra's excellent series on entertaining chess ideas. This time the subject is underpromotion - always a special treat in a chess game. You'll see a few creative studies and several examples from real games (no surprise that the super-creative GM Miles gets in on the action). Bishops, knights and rooks get their revenge on the mighty queen today. Sometimes less is more! | Watch video