FM Kostya Kavutskiy previews his new book on the open Sicilian in this exclusive video for Chess.com.
If you’re looking for a complete repertoire against the Sicilian defense, FM Kavutskiy has you covered.
Enjoy a sneak preview of some exciting book content in the 2…e6 Sicilian system. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
To win in modern chess, you need to be well versed in both tactics and strategy.
As the number-two player in the world, Fabiano Caruana is obviously a master of both.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy reviews a Caruana game in the Ruy Lopez to teach you the basics of evaluating a position.
Learn what FM Kavutskiy wants you to look for any time you are thinking strategy. | Watch video
Chess players of all levels have heard it over and over: practice tactics to get better.
While this is certainly true, longterm strategy is another important part of becoming a strong player.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you three concrete ways you can quickly improve your strategic game in part one of his new series. | Watch video
Tired of seeing grandmasters take their advantage to the endgame? FM Kavutskiy has the cure. Today he shows four checkmates in the middlegame, all from the same elite tournament. The queens are ditching their dresses and getting to work as all four games lead to forced mate. The brutality is as "R-rated" as chess attacks get, so children beware. You may also want to grab some Cuban coffee, as you're in for a double shot of GM Dominguez! | Watch video
"It's always nice to see 2700s beating the snot out of each other!" says our video author, FM Kavutskiy. Today he shows more tactical highlights from this year's Tata Steel Tournament. The games remind a little bit of Morphy. In the first, all the pieces were used, one of his trademarks. The second looks like a game from the Romantic era. White never finishes development and Black gets to finish in style. But this was not the 19th century; this was only just in January! | Watch video
FM Kavutskiy brings the yin and the yang today - a positional masterpiece and a tactical melee. GMs Aronian and Nakamura were the two winners. Can you guess who played which game? OK enough with the easy questions. Watch Aronian prove that the bishop pair is not the final word. Nakamura shows that he is still at least as creative at the young GM Rapport. An unexpected sacrifice comes out of nowhere - how often do you see Nxd5, Nxe3, Nxc2 on three consecutive moves in the opening? Wow! | Watch video
Let's slow down the rapid chess of the London Classic one more time. FM Kavutskiy brings his final examples of creative play from the event, starting off with the unusual tactic of castling queenside as a double attack. It's easy to forget that the move is allowed, let alone tactically winning. Our author follows with a fearless effort from the eventual winner, the king of fast-play, GM Hikaru Nakamura. | Watch video
Poor Vishy. Only a few weeks after losing the world championship in front of a billion countrymen, he travels to London and gets massacred by the man whom he beat in their 2008 match - Vladimir Kramnik. But wait, this is rapid, and anything can happen, so FM Kavutskiy then shows a brilliant effort from Peter Svidler, against Kramnik! We've got obstruction tactics, powerful retreats, and world champions coming out of our ears. Purist or not, you have to admit that rapid chess isn't dull! | Watch video
Do you like it when grandmasters get to checkmate each other? Yeah, we thought so. Today we feature two devastating attacks from White on the black king. The first is a straightforward but aesthetically pleasing tactic. The second is much more complicated, where the art of defense is also on full display. Oh, and that one is from Vishy Anand. We haven't gotten to see him crush someone in a while, so watch the former world champion get back on the horse! | Watch video