As we move into the endgame of a Capablanca classic, we see the importance of accuracy after most of the pieces have been exchanged.
FM Elliott Liu shows you how the slightest mistake can turn a win into a draw or worse in this important lesson.
Learn from one of the greatest players to ever live in the conclusion of this video series. | Watch video
Can you simplify your way to a win? You can if you’re Capablanca.
Follow the game of the great Cuban master to see how he made favorable exchanges at every opportunity.
FM Elliott Liu serves up this fun lesson on a very practical subject. | Watch video
J.R. Capablanca was a chess prodigy and a genius at all elements of chess, from the basic to the very advanced.
One of the basic concepts many beginners struggle with is when to trade pieces, and it’s no surprise that we can learn a ton about this crucial decision from Capablanca.
FM Elliot Liu reviews a gorgeous Capablanca game to teach you exactly when you should initiate or accept trades in your games. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu concludes both the exciting Lasker game from part 3 and the video series as a whole with this thrilling finishing flurry of continual chess threats.
Learn how Lasker finished off the hapless Porges by maintaining constant pressure and creating new problems for his opponent with every move.
Can you find the piece sacrifice at the end that seals the deal? | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu shows you a brilliant Emanuel Lasker game from nearly 120 years ago to illustrate the power of making constant threats with your moves.
Lasker uncorks one of the first uses of the Berlin Defense in top-level play to quickly gain an advantage in this instructive game.
FM Liu shows you how Lasker pressed his edge and improved his position with every move. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu analyzes an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game where nearly every move contains a potent threat.
Nimzowitsch’s positional understanding was decades ahead of his time, and he makes use of that knowledge to quickly gain a winning position against his hapless opponent.
In this video, part one of the series, FM Liu shows you how to keep up constant threats to gain a positional advantage. | Watch video
The symphony comes to an end for FM Elliott Liu, as he simplifies into a two-bishops ending. Still not believing he could lose to a child, his opponent makes him prove that he knows the technique. Naturally Liu handles the mate effortlessly, and the stubbornness of his opponent proves good fodder for a review of a basic checkmate. After 87 moves, the music finally stops for black. Bravo Elliott! | Watch video
FM Elliott Liu won a piece in Part 1, simplified in Part 2, and now it is time to bring home the point in Part 3. In the finale, despite still being up a piece, Liu's king is way offside, and his opponent's king is charging into his position. Fortresses, stalemate traps, zugzwang, passed pawns - all the endgame elements are there in this video. Had he focused even more on "restriction" of black's pieces, he would have probably only had to make two parts to the series! | Watch video
FM Elliott Liu continues his great explanation of his quest to convert a material advantage in the famed "First Saturday" tournament series in Budapest. Using sly maneuvers and careful planning, he shows how improving the worst piece can often be the best plan. His exemplary game is still not quite in the bag, but Liu is inching closer by trading two of his opponent's three remaining pieces. Can his extra bishop tip the balance in his favor? | Watch video