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
What’s the newest opening theory that you have to know?
To find out, GM Melikset Khachiyan reviews a recent tilt between super-GMs Grischuk and Leko from the Petrosian Memorial tournament.
Don’t assume that there’s nothing new to learn in the old Queen’s Gambit Declined, as these two top players created some wild and unbalanced new ideas over the board. | Watch video
Are you looking for a plan as White in the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Look no further than the work of Mikhail Botvinnik, one of the greatest chess theoreticians of all time.
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews Botvinnik’s plan in this structure, and shows you an instructive game against Botvinnik’s main rival, Paul Keres, who was himself an inventive super-grandmaster. | Watch video
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