GM Ben Finegold continues his lesson on how to crush the anti-Sicilian systems.
GM Finegold shows you the two main moves to handle the 2.c3 Sicilian (Alapin Variation) as Black.
After imploring you to pick a pet variation of your own to play against this common opening, GM Finegold goes through an instructive U.S. Open game where he rapidly beats his hapless opponent’s Alapin. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian system against your favorite opening? GM Ben Finegold shows you how to crush these openings once and for all.
In this video, GM Finegold shows you the fine points of the Rossolimo variation, the most popular response from players avoiding open Sicilians.
Learn how to pick a “pet line” to get a quick advantage against these anti-Sicilian players! | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold previews the upcoming Sinquefield Cup, which is set to be the strongest chess tournament in history.
Two young, exciting super GMs are playing: Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Which of these rising stars will shine the brightest in St. Louis?
GM Finegold takes a look at two amazing games between them. Can Caruana score a win against MVL’s dangerous Najdorf Sicilian? Will MVL be able to crack Caruana’s Berlin Wall? Watch to find out. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold shows us three generations of winning endgames, examining master games by his father, his son, and himself in his latest video for Chess.com.
You will learn that the key to winning a supposedly drawish endgame is often to sacrifice a piece or an exchange to achieve a decisive passed pawn or tactic. | Watch video
GM Ben Finegold reviews his father’s famous game with Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest players of all time.
NM Ronald Finegold played an excellent game in the French Defense against Fischer, who was 20 years old, at the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan.
Fischer went on to win the tournament with 7.5/8.
NM Finegold decided to reach an endgame against Fischer, and the result was an instructive position reprinted in textbooks and magazines. | Watch video
What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold speculates that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three games in less than 15 minutes! If offbeat but playable openings are your thing, this land-speed record will set you off on the right foot. Why not enter choose an opening you'll know more about than your opponent? | Watch video
What happens in the Chigorin, stays in the Chigorin. Except today, when GM Finegold spills the beans on the cxd5 variation. Black attacks the center with pieces, not pawns, and to great effect. Watch a trio of games in which our offbeat-opening connoisseur wrests the initiative away from the first player. If Ivanchuk can play it against Kasparov, then surely it will work at your chess club or on Chess.com! | Watch video
Back by popular demand, GM Ben Finegold begins a three-part series on his favorite defense to 1. d4 - the Chigorin. He promises you'll get an exciting position that you'll know better than White. Today he focuses on some pedestrian replies from the first player, but they also happen to be the most common moves. Watch and see that even though Ben knows a ton about the opening, he once had a 7-year-old student teach him something new! | Watch video
Ben's loss is our gain! Since he didn't play in the U.S. Championship this year, he had two weeks to commentate on the games and see the best and worst moments. Today he compiles all of his favorite positions into one video. Besides a few spirited attacks, you'll also be treated to one of the most tricky knight vs. bishop endgames we've ever shown. The winning technique is far from obvious, but GM Josh Friedel found it. Can you? | Watch video
How's this for an introduction to the U.S. Women's Championship? Your first game, played as a 13-year-old, you win the Best Game Prize! So what if her queen got trapped? So what if the position repeated five times in the endgame? So what if she missed a quicker win? The tenacity of youth is on full display in this back-and-forth struggle. It is easy to get lost in the complications of a five passed pawn ending, luckily GM Finegold is steering the ship! | Watch video