How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago.
Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space.
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How do you play against someone whose chess is so wild, it’s like he never left the 19th century?
GM Melikset Khachiyan recently had to face the swashbuckling NM Dana MacKenzie, and the clash of styles was immense.
Watch how GM Khachiyan tries to calm down his opponent’s penchant for wild attacks in this exciting game. | Watch video
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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Who better to teach you attacking chess than Mikhail Tal, the brilliant former world champion?
IM Keaton Kiewra walks you through one of Tal’s most spectacular attacking games, where all his sacrifices arise from solid positional chess.
Learn IM Kiewra’s advice on how to attack like Tal, and soon your games will be a lot more exciting.
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One of the most stressful aspects of chess is trying to win a game you know you should win.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan uses one of her games from the 41st Olympiad to demonstrate a logical technique for winning games against lower-rated players — when you absolutely need the full point.
Even in a drawish opening with Black — and even when her opponent can trade queens at will — WGM Abrahamyan keeps up the pressure to eventually gain the win. | Watch video
It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
Magnus Carlsen is currently defending his world championship title against Vishy Anand in a close battle in Sochi, Russia.
Carlsen lost game three of the match, his first loss to Anand since 2010.
FM Mike Klein shows you how Carlsen attempts to make a comeback in another exciting game from this year’s 2014 Sinquefield cup against world #2 Fabiano Caruana.
See how Carlsen tries to wriggle his way out of a worse position early in the game! | Watch video
Chess players of all levels have heard it over and over: practice tactics to get better.
While this is certainly true, longterm strategy is another important part of becoming a strong player.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you three concrete ways you can quickly improve your strategic game in part one of his new series. | Watch video
What can a game between the best players in America teach you about the middlegame?
FM Todd Andrews continues his middlegame series by looking at a game between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura.
FM Andrews explains how this world-class game can teach you the guidelines to play efficient and strategic middlegames. | Watch video
What’s the most important thing you need to beat weaker players?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reveals the secret way to win against lower-rated players as she analyzes her performance in the Politiken Cup.
Learn WGM Abrahamyan’s advice on how to become a better player by adapting well to changes in the position. | Watch video