GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
How important is it to pay attention?
In chess, it’s everything.
In this member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates the perils that accompany a lack of concentration, no matter what the level of playing strength.
Stick around till the end to hear GM Dzindzichashvili’s advice for all players, from beginners to world champions. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky cashed in the recently completed North American Open after 10 months without playing any serious chess.
Learn how he did it in this new series as GM Yermo reviews selected games move-by-move.
Against the talented young FM Vignesh Panchanatham, GM Yermolinsky used the solid Queen’s Indian Defense to gain a winning position. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the finest chess tacticians of all time, and for good reason.
GM Dejan Bojkov begins a new series on Kasparov’s greatest combinations, and you won’t want to miss these brilliant games.
Learn how a young Kasparov cracked his opponent’s home preparation with a fantastic over-the-board attacking idea, topped off by a sparkling sacrificial combination. | Watch video
Is sending your queen on a kamikaze mission a good idea?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili doesn’t think so.
In this member-game analysis, GM Dzindzichashvili explains that when your opponent has a bad plan, you shouldn’t try to defend against it.
In a game full of comical errors, the second-to-last player to make a mistake usually wins, and it’s true in this game. | Watch video
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili is having “knight-mares” about unrealized plans in this member-game analysis.
Even though the two combatants are very good players, there are still plenty of mistakes to avoid in this game.
GM Dzindzichashvili points out the members’ plans gone awry in this entertaining and educational recap. | Watch video
What’s the most famous queen sacrifice ever?
FM Mike Klein gives you the best-known queen sacs in history, but it’s up to you to decide.
Will it be the legendary “gold coin” queen sac by Marshall? Or one of the many queen offerings by Morphy?
How about young Fischer’s “game of the century” against Donald Byrne? Or Adolf Anderssen’s immortal game?
Let us know your choice in the comments section! | Watch video
How many mistakes do amateur players make in their games?
You’ll be shocked at how many!
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili shows you a member game ripe with mistakes so you can avoid making the same errors.
In more than 40 years of chess analysis, GM Dzindzichashvili has never seen a game like this one — a veritable comedy of errors.
Learn not only what the players did wrong, but also what they could have done to correct their blunders. | Watch video