ChessCenter is back this week with a report from the Baku World Cup and the rest of the chess news and entertainment around the world.
Hosts Danny Rensch and Shaun McCoy also rank the best and worst chess moments of September. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
Have you ever made a chess move so brilliant that spectators threw money onto the board in gratitude? If so, you might be the legendary Frank Marshall, whose “gold coin” game is oft-cited as containing the greatest chess move ever made.
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you the move and explains what makes it so outstanding.
If that wasn’t enough, IM Kiewra also presents one of greatest games ever played.
If you like superlative chess, this is the video for you. | Watch video
The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video
The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video