Even if you’ve got a concrete advantage going into the endgame, you could fail to take home the full point if you release the tension too early.
FM Alisa Melekhina illustrates this vital concept with one of her recent games from the women’s world team championships.
Learn what happens when you fail to keep to tension, and how to avoid this strategic mistake. | Watch video
Beating Hikaru Nakamura in blitz — it may seem like an April Fool’s joke, but it’s possible.
GM Maxim Dlugy shows you exactly how to do it in an instructive lesson.
Creating a solid defense to force his opponent to maintain pressure and waste time, Dlugy is able to fend off a bunch of scary attacks to bring home the point. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the finest chess tacticians of all time, and for good reason.
GM Dejan Bojkov begins a new series on Kasparov’s greatest combinations, and you won’t want to miss these brilliant games.
Learn how a young Kasparov cracked his opponent’s home preparation with a fantastic over-the-board attacking idea, topped off by a sparkling sacrificial combination. | Watch video
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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