How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | 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
FM Alisa Melekhina demonstrates the three best queen sacrifices by the greatest sacrificer of all time: Mikhail Tal.
Unlike many super-GM games today that are steeped in theory, Tal’s romantic games were ripe with the possibility for spectacular sacrifices.
FM Melekhina shows how Tal would often sacrifice without a specific variation set in stone, but instead for a general sense of superior piece play and possibilities. | Watch video
GM Victor Mikhalevski shows you the third excellent game from this year’s Biel Chess Festival.
How often do you get to jump into the mind of a GM on the top of his game?
GM Mikhalevski goes over each move in this interesting game that helped him finish an outstanding second-place in the master tournament.
English Opening players are in for a real treat in this one. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a grandmaster game with four queen sacrifices, none of which could be accepted?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you a shocking Efim Gellar game where the legendary grandmaster uses his queen like an unstoppable battering ram that simply cannot be taken!
If you can learn how to use your queen like Gellar, you might find yourself making your opponent offers he must refuse. | Watch video
Was Magnus Carlsen lucky to save a draw in this game? Or is he just that good?
GM Ben Finegold takes a look at an exciting Giri-Carlsen game where the world champion presses too much for a win with the black pieces.
Although Carlsen escapes with the draw, the game is instructive and has more fighting spirit than most wins. | Watch video
In the recently concluded 2014 Chess Olympiad, GM Sam Shankland had the honor of playing against the legendary GM Judit Polgar in her final game before retiring from chess.
GM Shankland shows you move-by-move what he was thinking in this excellent win over Polgar that helped him win a gold medal at the Olympiad.
Find out how GM Shankland reacts when Polgar sacrifices her last piece in a chess career filled with thrilling sacrifices.
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What happens when two of the greatest chess minds ever collide?
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you the fireworks when two of history’s strongest grandmasters face each other: GM Richard Reti and GM Akiba Rubinstein.
GM Bojkov analyzes this positional masterpiece from Reti, and explains how he was able to crack Rubinstein’s defenses to score a win. | Watch video
Are you ready for a wild game where both sides sacrifice material for better piece activity?
Doesn’t sound like a boring grandmaster draw, does it?
GM Ben Finegold agrees, and he explains why this Vitiugov-MVL drawn game is more exciting than most wins.
Watch how both grandmasters sacrifice exchanges for specific goals, and listen to GM Finegold’s advice on how to be patient after making a material sacrifice. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland starts out a new video series for Chess.com demonstrating his gold-medal-winning performance at the recently concluded chess Olympiad.
In this first game, GM Shankland shows you how to put away a lower-rated player in a game you’re supposed to win — which is often easier said than done.
Take a look at this sharp Sicilian Richter-Rauzer game and learn how to win a gold medal. | Watch video