GM Melikset Khachiyan analyzes an important game between two super-GMs -- Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich -- to reveal some new opening theory you need to add to your repertoire.
Do you know the “Quiet Variation” of the Slav Defense? Melik has succinct advice for you about the key ideas in this modern opening.
As Melik says, when you attack, always attack big — but first learn how to generate an attack from this opening. | Watch video
What’s the newest opening theory that you have to know?
To find out, GM Melikset Khachiyan reviews a recent tilt between super-GMs Grischuk and Leko from the Petrosian Memorial tournament.
Don’t assume that there’s nothing new to learn in the old Queen’s Gambit Declined, as these two top players created some wild and unbalanced new ideas over the board. | Watch video
If the CIA had files on opening theory, then consider GM Dzindzi a latter-day Daniel Ellsburg. He didn't steal the files so much as he wrote them! Today you get the most well-researched look at an opening that Roman doesn't even name. Still, Kasparov and our author have used it. Black goes for center pawn advances at the expense of his king - a high-risk/high-reward endeavor. You'll also see a position that was considered equal until GM Lev Polugaevsky changed everything in one simple stroke! | Watch video
In the first of this rare two-part Live Session, IM Rensch loses his way early, forgetting opening theory to find himself struggling to equalize against his strong, well-known Chess.com opponent. After failing to calculate his complex options properly (choosing 8.e5 over 8.Qd2), Danny is holding on for dear life! But when he finds an outside chance at counter-play as today's video lecture reaches its close, the stage is set for an epic battle in Part 2... | Watch video
IM Rensch provides the introduction to what is considered white's most dangerous, accurate, and potentially universal approach to the Open Sicilians. As with each video in this series, he breaks it down the perspective of "the little guys", highlights the positional features more than the "opening theory" and tries to provide a preview as to what will be discussed over the course of the next few videos... | Watch video