Bobby Fischer was a confident player, there is no disputing that.
Last time, we saw how his confidence could be his greatest weakness, as he pressed too hard in a drawish endgame and gave up his bishop in the 1972 world championship match with Spassky.
Today, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how Fischer — undaunted — boldly challenged Spassky in the Russian’s best opening during the same match, with spectacular results.
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How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago.
Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space.
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Join IM Thomas Rendle and John Sargent for Chess.com’s recap of game eight in the 2014 world chess championship between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand.
After the 122-move epic struggle in game seven, game eight was a more peaceful encounter — but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to discuss in this recap.
Watch as IM Rendle takes on the role of both the coach and the student in this instructive review. | Watch video
Join Chess.com hosts IM Daniel Rensch and GM Hikaru Nakamura for highlights of the Magnus Carlsen-Vishy Anand world championship.
GM Nakamura offers his peerless insights to the high-level ideas hidden in these exciting games.
Learn how Vishy Anand was able to score a win against Magnus Carlsen for the first time in four years.
Find out what IM Rensch and GM Nakamura think of Anand’s chances to win, and visit the comments section to predict the results for the rest of the match. | Watch video
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
Want to keep up with the Magnus Carlsen-Vishy Anand world championship match on your own schedule?
GM Robert Hess and GM Simon Williams host Chess.com’s recap show for game three of the world championship in Sochi.
Let the GMs explain to you how Vishy Anand shocked the chess world and scored a crucial win in the third game to level the match.
Anand was able to defeat Carlsen for the first time in four years, completely changing the world championship match from here on.
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What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold speculates that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three games in less than 15 minutes! If offbeat but playable openings are your thing, this land-speed record will set you off on the right foot. Why not enter choose an opening you'll know more about than your opponent? | Watch video
What happens in the Chigorin, stays in the Chigorin. Except today, when GM Finegold spills the beans on the cxd5 variation. Black attacks the center with pieces, not pawns, and to great effect. Watch a trio of games in which our offbeat-opening connoisseur wrests the initiative away from the first player. If Ivanchuk can play it against Kasparov, then surely it will work at your chess club or on Chess.com! | Watch video
Back by popular demand, GM Ben Finegold begins a three-part series on his favorite defense to 1. d4 - the Chigorin. He promises you'll get an exciting position that you'll know better than White. Today he focuses on some pedestrian replies from the first player, but they also happen to be the most common moves. Watch and see that even though Ben knows a ton about the opening, he once had a 7-year-old student teach him something new! | Watch video
We know by now what White's minority attack looks like in the Carlsbad pawn formation, but let's have some fun with Black today. GM Bojkov shows a variety of games and positions where Black invades the light squares around White's king, long before the queenside crumbles. You'll get a chance to put all four attacking units en prise at various stages! Dismantling White's castle sometimes takes creativity, and today you'll need it! | Watch video