How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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What happens when a member takes Dzindzi's exact advice in the opening? Watch and see the student imitate the teacher by using an optimistic system versus the French. He's clearly done his homework, but the question is, how will he perform once the theoretical phase ends? As you might guess, not every move is grandmaster level, so watch and see what Roman would have done differently. Let us know in the comments if you've ever had success with this or other Roman systems! | Watch video
The unofficial runner up to the best game prize at the 2014 U.S. Championship features several computer moves that the players found. Ben can't believe P-K4 could be fathomed by humans, but the move was played on both sides! Eventually Chess.com columnist GM Daniel Naroditsky finds another computer suggestion - a crushing Exchange sacrifice. If you like brilliant games and lots of errors by GM Finegold, hit play now! | 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
What was GM Dzindzichashvili doing when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show? He was crafting his own ballads on the chess board. Here the grandmaster shows us some 50-year-old analysis in the Taimanov Sicilian. In various parts of his treatment, three of the four rooks are captured on their home squares! In the words of John Lennon: "Rooks are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, Bishops slither wildly as they slip across the universe." Watch and experience "waves of joy!" | Watch video