FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames:
1. Rook vs. knight.
2. Queen vs. rook.
3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops.
If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video
If you want to see a superb demonstration of knight usage, look not further than GM Alejandro Ramirez's game from this year's U.S. Championship. First he offers an exchange, then he builds up a rock-solid pawn structure and makes Black's king walk the plank. The extra pawns prove useful, and with a losing endgame only getting worse, GM Mackenzie Molner commits Hari-kiri by mating himself. | Watch video
What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold speculates that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three games in less than 15 minutes! If offbeat but playable openings are your thing, this land-speed record will set you off on the right foot. Why not enter choose an opening you'll know more about than your opponent? | Watch video
Who needs knights and pawns? By only using his long-range pieces, former World Champion Mikhail Tal pops the top of his opponent's king. The openness of the position and the calculation of Tal is too much for Black to bear. See if you can spot all the sacrifices before they're made. GM Williams also thinks the resignation was too early but leaves it to you to figure out why. For most of us, resigning on move 1 is not too early against Tal! | Watch video