IM Daniel Rensch concludes his “comeback tour” with an instructive last-round game in the Mind Games tournament on Chess.com.
IM Rensch shows you how to take apart the Accelerated Dragon with a traditional Yugoslav Attack as he tries to finish the tournament on a perfect score.
You’ll learn Danny’s advice on when to liquidate a position for a winning ending, and when to keep the tension on the board. | Watch video
How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | Watch video
How does Bobby Fischer’s Yugoslav attack compare to a modern game between two super GMs?
FM Todd Andrews shows you the similarities and differences between the Fischer game from part one and a more recent instructive Sicilian Dragon game by GMs Shirov and Topalov.
Learn how to take notes on opening traps, patterns, transpositions, and structure in this enlightening video. | Watch video
GM Victor Mikhalevski walks you through a fascinating game from this year’s Biel Chess Festival.
Learn what GM Mikhalevski was thinking each move of this excellent win with the white pieces on his way to an outstanding second-place finish in the master tournament.
Dive deep into Mikhalevski’s anti-Slav system and learn how to win a complex positional game. | Watch video
FM Todd Andrews teaches you how to learn an opening from scratch.
Once you’ve chosen which opening to play, what’s the best way to learn it? FM Andrews shows you tips, tricks, and study methods to improve your chosen opening.
In this video, learn how to play the ferocious Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation from one of the fiercest Sicilian players of all time, Bobby Fischer. | Watch video
GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video
Placing your bishop on an inferior square is a recoverable mistake, but opening up your king without reason can be decisive. Today GM Dzindzichashvili shows a game between two experts in the Boleslavsky Sicilian, an opening Fischer, Geller, and Gligoric all essayed (and of course Boleslavsky!). Watch the maneuvering required and the attack White gets with his f4 advance. Dzindzi isn't as critical as in recent videos, so the players must have done something right! | Watch video
Beating Russia 3-1 in the final round of an Olympiad? All in a day's work for GM Mikhalevski's Israeli squad. Our author takes care of his part of the equation by centralizing all of his forces against the Slav Defense. When Black gambits a knight to try to undermine White's uncastled king and pinned knight, there was no choice but to accept the challenge. See if you could have defended after the sacrifice - even though in front of your computer is much less pressure than the Olympiad! | Watch video
GM Finegold admits to struggling against the ...a6 Slav, but here he finds a move order that works for him. Later, the Greek Gift returns. Though it's not the classic example that mates right away, it is sufficient for long-term play. Several of the positions are maddeningly complex, but our trusty author is here to calm the waters. See if you can one-up Finegold's 2200+ student - all you have to do is find mate in one! | Watch video
Where were you for Death Match 14? Yeah, I don't remember either. But we do know that GMs Elshan Moradiabadi and Yaroslav Zherebukh were online and fighting on the chessboard. Are Iran and Ukraine friendly in real life? Who knows - but today they are sworn enemies. Watch GM Ben Finegold and IM Danny Rensch commentate live in this 3-minute portion, and see which top-flight player better handles the increase in the speed! | Watch video