GM Alex Yermolinsky zooms in on round 10 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku with a high-stakes battle between two super GMs, Karjakin and Svidler.
Will Karjakin allow Svidler to play his favored Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez? Or does Karjakin have another move prepared?
GM Yermo walks you through the variations of a complicated and important game. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan walks you through a fascinating attacking game she played in the Politiken Cup.
Find out why WGM Abrahamyan chose an Italian Game over the more popular Ruy Lopez against her opponent’s e5 opening.
Learn what she thinks about the various systems in this popular beginners’ opening, why she deviates from the usual Italian move order, and her advice on how to build a kingside attack in a closed center. | Watch video
GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video
Sure, the Closed Spanish, Open Spanish and Berlin have all been popular at times in the last 30 years, but don't forget about another solid variation against the Lopez: the Steinitz Defense. Players looking for a solid structure with a minimal space disadvantage might just catch their opponents by surprise with 3...d6. Today GM Dzindzichashvili focuses on 4. d4 and both possible recaptures. If it is good enough for a preeminent theoretician, it it surely good enough for you! | Watch video
GM Melik proudly shows off a game from one of his star students - a player he compares to some of America's newest IMs and GMs. It may not be a name you are familiar with, but that makes it all the more impressive how he takes out a seasoned grandmaster. Watch and see NM Craig Hilby showing positional mastery well beyond his years. You'll also learn why Melik thinks the Ruy Lopez is the king of openings. Learn it and you'll be ready for all pawn structures. | Watch video