What happens when Chess.com's best takes on a world top 15 player? Well, it's a little predictable, but if at first you don't succeed, try a half-dozen times! IM Danny Rensch faces off in a live session against GM Wesley So, the new American number two who is also encroaching on the world top ten. The two play six wildly different openings, and So shows why he is so tough to beat. That doesn't mean Rensch doesn't go down fighting. Watch and see him try to convert several advantages! | 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
FM Mike Klein analyzes a relatively unknown endgame between international masters with a beautiful, study-like finish.
You might spot the first sacrifice, but it’s the second piece offering that really puts this game over the top.
FM Klein shows you the power of connected passed pawns, and how they can win even without any help from your pieces. | 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
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
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
FM Mike Klein reviews an amazing 2001 game between two of the strongest bullet players of all time: GM Roland Schmaltz and GM Ronen Har-Zvi.
Is this the most incredible bullet game you never knew about? Probably.
FM Klein shows you the crazy game along with some traps that could spring up from its Vienna opening. | 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
You need to know what not to do in the endgame!
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili breaks down the blunders and bad ideas in this member game analysis.
Watch as GM Dzindzi awards nine question marks to the last 15 moves of this endgame horror show, and learn what the Chess.com amateurs should have played instead. | Watch video
The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video