Are you ready for a wild game where both sides sacrifice material for better piece activity?
Doesn’t sound like a boring grandmaster draw, does it?
GM Ben Finegold agrees, and he explains why this Vitiugov-MVL drawn game is more exciting than most wins.
Watch how both grandmasters sacrifice exchanges for specific goals, and listen to GM Finegold’s advice on how to be patient after making a material sacrifice. | Watch video
When is a draw more exciting than a win? GM Ben Finegold makes his case for this fighting draw between two of the best players in the world, Magnus Carlsen and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Played in the recently concluded Sinquefield Cup (the strongest chess tournament of all time), this game helped set the standard for aggressive, dynamic chess early in the pairings.
Watch carefully for a secret move that according to GM Hikaru Nakamura was only known by three players in the world!
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GM Ben Finegold shows us three generations of winning endgames, examining master games by his father, his son, and himself in his latest video for Chess.com.
You will learn that the key to winning a supposedly drawish endgame is often to sacrifice a piece or an exchange to achieve a decisive passed pawn or tactic. | Watch video
In our final video on the U.S. Championships, FM Melekhina and FM Liu show related positions and ideas, but different outcomes. When is the king safe on f8 and when is he not? Who played for a win when he only needed a draw and who took the perpetual? And who missed mate in 17 in an Armageddon game?! OK, we all would have missed that! Watch and see all the moments that were worthy of examination! | Watch video
A worse rook ending and a better queen ending. What's the fair result? Watch and see FM Alisa Melekhina grovel for a draw and push for the win at the 2014 U.S. Women's Championship. Learn some techniques for how to defend worse positions, and see the precarious line that divides each half point. If you "drive for show and putt for dough" then endgames are surely the green of chess. Learn the basics and you'll never three-putt! | Watch video