GM Alex Yermolinksy is back with another full episode of Old School.
With no shortage of opinions, game analysis, and amusing stories, this show has something for every chess fan.
Enjoy this full replay of the show originally broadcast on April 20. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov returns with another world-class lesson on the Queen’s Gambit.
You won’t believe how thoroughly GM Kaidanov teaches you The Cambridge Springs Defense, an opening that Kaidanov considers to be very popular with amateur players.
Learn the ins and outs of this solid opening, and you’ll be ready to unleash the Cambridge Springs Defense in your own games. | Watch video
In his previous video, GM Gregory Kaidanov taught you everything you need to know about the Carlsbad variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.
But what if you’re not a Carlsbad fan? What if you find your QGD games steered away from that move order?
GM Kaidanov has you covered with a comprehensive lesson on avoiding the Carlsbad, including a relevant game between two of the greatest world champions of all time. | Watch video
Last time, GM Gregory Kaidanov looked at the classical Carlsbad.
But how do modern grandmasters handle the Carlsbad for Black in the Queen’s Gambit Declined?
Learn the latest theory on Black’s options in this interesting and relevant opening.
You might be surprised about how similar each side’s goals are.
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Are you a real chess player if you can’t remember your games move-by-move? Don’t worry, Magnus Carlsen thinks so.
The world champion himself (with some help from the database) shows you his favorite win from the super-strong Tata Steel tournament, a solid victory against GM Aronian.
Learn why Carlsen considers this exciting game among his finest efforts. | Watch video
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video
The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
How did one of the greatest chess players ever handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the three best players of all time, so whenever you have a chance to learn an opening approach from him, pay attention!
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews a unique game in this structure from nearly 30 years ago, and Kasparov’s ideas remain relevant to this day. | Watch video