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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Welcome to the BIG Show, where IM Daniel Rensch takes on 10 players at a time in a Chess.com simultaneous exhibition.
Check out this full replay of the live show (originally aired on Sept. 25), and see how IM Rensch plays a variety of openings and exciting positions against his opponents.
Stick around for some instructive endgames, and learn IM Rensch’s favorite games other than chess.
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How does Bobby Fischer’s Yugoslav attack compare to a modern game between two super GMs?
FM Todd Andrews shows you the similarities and differences between the Fischer game from part one and a more recent instructive Sicilian Dragon game by GMs Shirov and Topalov.
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What do you do when your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian system against your favorite opening? GM Ben Finegold shows you how to crush these openings once and for all.
In this video, GM Finegold shows you the fine points of the Rossolimo variation, the most popular response from players avoiding open Sicilians.
Learn how to pick a “pet line” to get a quick advantage against these anti-Sicilian players! | Watch video
What happens when Chess.com's best takes on a world top 15 player? Well, it's a little predictable, but if at first you don't succeed, try a half-dozen times! IM Danny Rensch faces off in a live session against GM Wesley So, the new American number two who is also encroaching on the world top ten. The two play six wildly different openings, and So shows why he is so tough to beat. That doesn't mean Rensch doesn't go down fighting. Watch and see him try to convert several advantages! | Watch video