The Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
What opening would Mike Tyson choose if he played chess?
GM Simon Williams thinks he’d pick a super-aggressive opening, probably one from the “spicy” series.
Continuing to reveal his secret opening repertoire, GM Williams shows you his favorite setups against the Scandinavian Defense. | Watch video
The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
How on earth did this crazy opening gambit get such an unusual name?
And what exactly is the Monkey’s Bum Gambit?
All your questions will be answered by GM Simon Williams, who shows you the brilliant idea “behind” this wild opening.
Learn how to stir up an attacking initiative against the solid positional response 1…g6 to the king’s pawn opening. | Watch video
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
Do you want another spicy gambit option against 1…e5?
GM Simon Williams has you covered with the aggressive Danish Gambit.
Learn how to derail your opponent’s best-laid plans with this tricky opening, and how to get a pomising attacking position now matter how your opponent responds. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky faces some new ideas in the Catalan Nimzo-Indian by a talented young player during a key round of the North American Open in Las Vegas.
Watch how the experienced GM handles an unexpected opening — and apply those principles in your own games when the opening doesn’t go as planned.
Learn how GM Yermo draws on the knowledge of past world champions to apply the pressure — and stick around for a nice attacking, sacrificial ending. | Watch video
Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video
You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video