GM Melikset Khachiyan thinks that some major positional chess concepts are not understood as well as they should be.
Starting a new series on these key positional ideas, GM Khachiyan gives you a lesson on turning a pawn majority into a win.
This fundamental middlegame-to-endgame theme is tremendously important and will often guide your game-long strategy. | Watch video
The center is the most important part of the chessboard, the crossroads through which attacks are often launched and defense comes to the rescue.
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates how to use this vital area of the board to succeed in your own attacks by analyzing an instructive game.
Learn how to control, occupy, and exploit the game’s most critical territory in this lesson. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina thoroughly analyzes one of her recent games to teach you the importance of keeping the tension on the chessboard.
After building a very promising position out of a hyper-accelerated Dragon, FM Melekhina explains how she could have improved even more by doing one simple thing.
You don’t want to miss this video, where every important move is discussed in depth. | Watch video
Like it or not. a great number of games are decided by forcing decisions.
If you’re going to play chess, you simply have to know how to handle these crucial moments.
GM Melikset Khachiyan gives you an important lesson on these moves, providing advice on exactly how to handle key forcing positions. | Watch video
We’ve all been there before. You think your position is slightly better, but how do you improve it enough to win?
Continuing his series on how to think like a master, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you exactly how to make a plan that increases your advantage.
Learn how to form a strategic idea and then execute it in this important lesson. | Watch video
How do you beat a former world champion at blitz chess?
The idea is “simple” — quite literally.
GM Maxim Dlugy explains how a simplification strategy allows the smart player to preserve the most precious resource in speed chess: time.
Learn how to avoid complications in blitz when you have a positional advantage. | Watch video
Appreciating pawns in chess may be an old idea, but it’s still relevant in modern chess.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn analyzes a fairly recent game between two strong grandmasters where a strong pawn center is worth more than an entire piece.
Learn how to use pawn power to destroy your opponent’s defenses, even when you have to give up some material to crack open the position. | Watch video
Don’t kid yourself about pawns. Though they’re considered the lowliest members of the chess set, pawns can pack a wallop too.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates the awesome power of passed pawns in this analysis of one of Philidor’s iconic pawn-pushing games.
Learn how to unleash your pawns like Philidor to promote and win. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
To win in modern chess, you need to be well versed in both tactics and strategy.
As the number-two player in the world, Fabiano Caruana is obviously a master of both.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy reviews a Caruana game in the Ruy Lopez to teach you the basics of evaluating a position.
Learn what FM Kavutskiy wants you to look for any time you are thinking strategy. | Watch video