One of the most stressful aspects of chess is trying to win a game you know you should win.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan uses one of her games from the 41st Olympiad to demonstrate a logical technique for winning games against lower-rated players — when you absolutely need the full point.
Even in a drawish opening with Black — and even when her opponent can trade queens at will — WGM Abrahamyan keeps up the pressure to eventually gain the win. | Watch video
Watch IM Daniel Rensch play and analyze his thrilling fourth game in the Mind Games tournament on Chess.com. IM Rensch talks you through every move so you understand why he played it.
This game, IM Rensch is paired with a strong young national master, and quickly reaches a sharp, unclear position.
It’s always exciting when two masters castle on opposite sides in a rapid game. Can IM Rensch hold on to win this crucial game? Or will Black’s queenside attack be too much, too quickly? | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov concludes his tribute to Réti with a brilliant and unusual attacking game from the great master.
Learn how Reti uses his eponymous opening to launch the assault on the super-strong Bogoljubov, who appropriately responded with the defense that would also eventually be named after him.
You won’t believe the clever queen maneuver Reti uncorked to apply maximum pressure to Black’s center and kingside.
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FM Alisa Melekhina demonstrates the three best queen sacrifices by the greatest sacrificer of all time: Mikhail Tal.
Unlike many super-GM games today that are steeped in theory, Tal’s romantic games were ripe with the possibility for spectacular sacrifices.
FM Melekhina shows how Tal would often sacrifice without a specific variation set in stone, but instead for a general sense of superior piece play and possibilities. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a grandmaster game with four queen sacrifices, none of which could be accepted?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you a shocking Efim Gellar game where the legendary grandmaster uses his queen like an unstoppable battering ram that simply cannot be taken!
If you can learn how to use your queen like Gellar, you might find yourself making your opponent offers he must refuse. | Watch video