The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
Who better to learn from than Mikhail Tal when it comes to how to attack?
Tal, of course, was one of the greatest attacking players of all time — and FM Todd Andrews shows you one of his most brilliant wins.
In this game, Tal butts heads with a fellow future world champion, Tigran Petrosian, one of the best defenders ever.
How did Tal break through against this defensive genius? Watch to find out! | 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
GM Ben Finegold reviews his father’s famous game with Bobby Fischer, one of the greatest players of all time.
NM Ronald Finegold played an excellent game in the French Defense against Fischer, who was 20 years old, at the 1963 Western Open in Bay City, Michigan.
Fischer went on to win the tournament with 7.5/8.
NM Finegold decided to reach an endgame against Fischer, and the result was an instructive position reprinted in textbooks and magazines. | Watch video
Losses are painful but losses are also lessons. Today GM Khachiyan flips the tables on his "Handling the French" series. He shows how his decision to avoid a theoretical move cost him in the French. GM Vinay Bhat stares down the kingside pawn majority and doesn't blink. The transition to the endgame shows the black knight's superiority over the white bishop. Melik thinks he learned his opening lesson - the next time the computer tells you to do something, you do it! | Watch video
Playing the same opponent in the same line countless times can either be tedious or revelatory. For GM Khachiyan, he jumped at the chance to go down a well-trodden path with fellow Californian GM Sevillano. Our author shows the main themes of the Winawer's imbalanced pawn structure, as well as some precise clearance tactics and practical rook endgame play. Who said SoCal is just a play for sunning on the beach? | Watch video
Put away your calculators today - GM Kaidanov has no use for them. Adding up the points of each army will only distort the truth and obscure the magnificence of this queen sacrifice by GM Boris Gulko. It almost seems as if it is a race to give away pieces as both sides struggle for activity over material. The final tactical sequence is worthy of high praise, and ironically White's "extra" queen only gets in his way. Watch and see the improbable finish for yourself. | Watch video
The student sees more than the teacher in this fantastic attack conducted by one of GM Khachiyan's protégés. After Black plays the rare ...Kf8 in the Winawer, White makes two moves on her own first rank that are particularly pleasing. One helps reposition a minor piece, while the other is more jaw-dropping. You have to see it to understand why the grandmaster thought it was worthy of a Mark Dvoretsky book! | Watch video