IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues his chess tactics series with an exciting concept: discoveries.
Learn the five types of discoveries by solving IM Rensch’s timed puzzles, personalized to your own level of chess knowledge.
It’s not enough to know that discoveries exist — you must also be able to create opportunities for them, and IM Rensch shows you exactly how to do it. | Watch video
One of the most exciting and dangerous formations in chess is an attacking pawn chain.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates how to accomplish this menacing setup in a very common opening, the Torre Attack!
Even if you’re an e4 player, you can often achieve this exact pawn chain in your openings, as well. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a short, instructive game with some very important ideas.
GM Khachiyan demonstrates that the best plan when you have weak squares in your position is to eliminate the opponent’s piece that is controlling those squares.
While you’re planning, never stop looking for an in-between move, which often proves decisive (and did in this game).
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IM Daniel Rensch battles some tough puzzles in this latest tactics trainer live session.
Listen to IM Rensch think out loud as he untangles the most difficult positions on the Chess.com tactics trainer.
Try to defeat the automated tactics beast yourself by clicking the TACTICS TRAINER link in the sidebar. | Watch video
Do you want to see one of the worst games FM Mike Klein has ever played?
FM Klein shows you some bad chess — but hopes you learn from it — in this lesson on how to make a comeback with tricky traps.
Making a comeback after falling behind is one of the most important practical skills to have in chess, so be sure to watch closely as FM Klein gives you two instructive example games. | Watch video
Did you know there were five types of chess skewers?
IM Daniel Rensch gives you timed puzzles for all five skewer categories in this interactive video.
If you can solve all of these puzzles you might be “fatally attracted” to skewers in your games.
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You know that Magnus Carlsen is a brilliant positional player, but do you know why?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn reviews an instructive Carlsen win against Vishy Anand from the 2013 Tal Memorial tournament.
Find out GM Perelshteyn’s advice on how to play against the “hanging pawns” that Anand took pains to avoid in the game. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch takes on the Chess.com tactics trainer in a quest to reach a 2800 rating.
Can IM Rensch beat the clock and the toughest puzzles on Chess.com to reach this lofty plateau?
Watch the video to find out IM Rensch’s advice on how to intuitively spot potential tactics on the board. | Watch video
Can you name the five types of forks that are the keys to winning chess tactics?
IM Daniel Rensch shows you the five fork patterns you need to know before you play your next chess game.
You’ll learn how each fork works and the types of positions where you need to look for them.
Don’t forget to take IM Rensch’s timed challenges in the video based on your own skill level. | Watch video