Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
What are the three things you need to know about the middlegame?
Many chess players have a good idea of what to play in the opening, and endgames can be studied and memorized.
But what about the middlegame, when things are much less clear? FM Todd Andrews tells you what you need to know! | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames:
1. Rook vs. knight.
2. Queen vs. rook.
3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops.
If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video
What happens when you start an attack on the flank without establishing control of the center? That's like putting on your shoes before your socks. It's so basic, even a 10-year-old can understand (OK, OK this is a pretty talented kid). GM Khachiyan has the perfect example to show you, complete with a shocking tactic to seal the point. The basis for the tactic? White's premature pawn advance of course! | Watch video
Today GM Khachiyan opens up his book on the classics. This instructive position from a former World Champion shows how simple chess can be once you master positional elements and have a solid tactical foundation. Black's Scheveningen structure seems solid enough, but our author's "clues" show you what White needed to see to pry open the files and the king. Open sesame! | Watch video
GM Khachiyan has former World Champion Alekhine in his focus today. Watch how White slowly improves the position of his minor pieces, en route to slowly overwhelming Black. The great ones make it look so easy. Remind you of anyone? We could lie and say Carlsen played this game and you'd probably believe it! | Watch video
Like classic openings? Fan of the Greek Gift sacrifice? Eager to see the Arabian Mate in a real game? All the traditional motifs are present in GM Dzindzi's selection for today's member analysis video. Black gets the pressure he seeks in the Two Knights Defense, but falters at the critical moments. Our grandmaster trainer shows you when to take extra time to find the elusive win! | Watch video
Look up - is that an anvil on a cliff above your head? If cartoon characters have a sense of danger, so should you! GM Kaidanov will help you cultivate this necessary skill so you'll see bad things happening to you before they hit you on the head. He wants you not to fall in love with your position, but instead to focus just as much on your opponent's responses. Test yourself and see how many traps he successfully set for you! | Watch video
In an addendum to his last member video on development, GM Dzindzichashvili shows why sacrificing without complete development is usually a lost cause. After an initial h-file thrust, white felt compelled to try to mate quickly instead of choosing several other promising alternatives. Without any queenside development, the foray goes nowhere, and the lesson is hopefully learned, lest Roman be any more confused by white's future dubiousness. | Watch video