Welcome to ChessCenter, the new flagship chess news and entertainment show only on Chess.com.
Join hosts Danny Rensch, Peter Doggers, and Shaun McCoy for a fun look at what’s new in the chess world, including the upcoming super-tournament, the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis.
Stick around for the blunder of the week and a special appearance by the ChessBrahs with their prediction of who will win the Sinquefield. | Watch video
A chess opening can get messed up so early that you can’t really evaluate what happens afterwards.
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili nonetheless presses on with this member analysis, showing how two players handle the aftermath of a “corrupted opening” very differently.
In an unbalanced position, one side plays with a clear plan, while the other flounders about aimlessly. The result is predictable but no less instructive. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with the final word on opposite-color bishop endgames with pawns on the board.
Learn the crucial differences between various important positions, and note how even the most subtle changes can totally change the outcome of the ending.
These endgames are so variable that they defy mathematical rules, and some of the positions in this video will make you wish the board had an “i-file” for your king to use. | Watch video
Sometimes the best way to secure a draw in lopsided opposite-colored bishop endgames is to follow your opponent’s king with your own.
If your king behaves like it has separation anxiety from its counterpart, you can control the key diagonal without letting the opposing pawns advance.
Sounds a little confusing? The endgame expert GM Alex Yermolinsky walks you through this important concept. | Watch video
We all know that opposite-colored bishop endgames are drawish, but what is the best technique to actually defend this endgame?
GM Alex Yermolinsky, one of Chess.com’s best endgame specialists, has all the answers in this first video of a new series.
Learn how to properly defend a bishop ending in this can’t-miss video lesson. | Watch video