What’s the best plan when you know it will be a tough game?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan shows you how to play it safe against a strong, well-prepared opponent in her important game at the Chess Olympiad.
If you find yourself in the midst of your opponent’s plan, try to do some damage control to get the most play out of the position. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky zooms in on round 10 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku with a high-stakes battle between two super GMs, Karjakin and Svidler.
Will Karjakin allow Svidler to play his favored Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez? Or does Karjakin have another move prepared?
GM Yermo walks you through the variations of a complicated and important game. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky discusses the shocking turnarounds in rounds 7, 8, and 9 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes a key game between GMs Andreikin and Caruana, where Fabiano chooses the unorthodox center-counter game opening.
Can the number-two player in the world create the complications he needs to win as Black? Or will Andreikin show his top form and earn the point with White?
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Ever get that sinking feeling in your stomach when your opponent sacrifices a piece?
Imagine what Tal’s opponents must have felt when the mad genius unexpectedly threw a piece at them for positional reasons.
FM Alisa Melekhina concludes her Tal video series with a look at his most devastating positional sacrifices. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky shows you best recent games of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
Can Fabiano Caruana keep up his winning ways against the stalwart Russian super-GM Peter Svidler?
GM Yermo takes a look at what could be the great Russian collapse at this tournament. | Watch video
How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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GM Alex Yermolinsky resumes his analysis of Boris Gelfand's game with the red-hot Fabiano Caruana at the 2014 Grand Prix in Baku.
Watch GM Yermo break down this exciting, asymmetrical game in one of 2014’s most important tournaments. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky focuses on Boris Gelfand's strong early performance at the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes two of Gelfand's games from the Grand Prix, including a gargantuan tilt with Fabiano Caruana. | Watch video
Can Reti squeeze a win out of what looks like a textbook draw?
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his analysis of Reti’s brilliant play, picking up this time in the early endgame against Romanovsky.
Learn how Reti creates advantageous imbalances from this seemingly lifeless position. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra takes on all-comers in a live blitz session on Chess.com.
Watch how IM Kiewra handles tricky positions against some of the strongest players on the site, and learn the ideas behind every move.
Will IM Kiewra be able to win his matches while trying to explain everything he’s doing? Stick around to the end to find out.
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