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
How does Magnus Carlsen plan against Hikaru Nakamura?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn gives you an in-depth look at Carlsen’s preparation for this world-class battle against America’s top player.
Watch how Carlsen develops a powerful center and a devastating attack in one of the most popular openings, the Italian Game. | Watch video
How do you beat weaker players in the endgame?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how with his own game against a lower-rated international master.
Learn how a powerfully placed knight can dominate a bishop in a pawn endgame, even with pawns on both sides of the board. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a beautiful king hunt in chess and wondered how the attacking player reached such a fun and powerful position?
IM Keaton Kiewra gives you his advice on how to build an attack, even if you’re not a natural attacking player.
IM Kiewra tells you which openings you should choose for an attack, and where to put your pieces before you strike. | Watch video
Take a trip in GM Roman Dzindzichashvili’s time machine back 30 years to the 1984 Chess Olympiad in Greece.
GM Dzindzichashvili shows you two seemingly straightforward games from this colossal chess event, and explains how you can use the power of simplicity to gain a big advantage. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu shows you a brilliant Emanuel Lasker game from nearly 120 years ago to illustrate the power of making constant threats with your moves.
Lasker uncorks one of the first uses of the Berlin Defense in top-level play to quickly gain an advantage in this instructive game.
FM Liu shows you how Lasker pressed his edge and improved his position with every move. | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani dives deep into a game between two legendary Soviet world champions: Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky.
Learn how Petrosian played a masterful middlegame to stop Spassky’s ideas outright or at least lessen their effectiveness. No one was better at combining attack and defense than Petrosian, and this game was one of his finest.
Watch on to learn Rusa’s rules for how to improve in the middlegame, and to see her favorite move of the entire game.
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So you have a better position, huh? When is the right time to trade in positional advantages for material ones? Today you'll see a top American GM face that same question many times. There's a right way and a wrong way to be up a pawn, and patience is truly a virtue in this one. Keeping Black in a vice proves to be more powerful than cutting off one of his fingers! Watch and learn how to prevent counterplay and convert your advantage to the full point. | Watch video