GM Dejan Bojkov continues his examination of the Ruy Lopez with another masterpiece by Boleslavsky.
Learn the various options available in the main line Ruy Lopez, the most deeply analyzed of all the king pawn openings.
How did Boleslavsky smash open Black’s defenses after a “careless” opening from his opponent?
GM Bojkov demonstrates the winning technique you need to know if you play e4!
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The Ruy Lopez is arguably the most important opening in super-grandmaster chess right now, but it’s just as relevant to games played on every level.
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you how the slightest of weaknesses in Black’s camp can provide excellent targets for the white army in this fighting opening.
Learn the crucial ideas deep in this opening as you review an instructive win by the tireless attacking Boleslavsky. | Watch video
Did you miss any of the 2014 London Chess Classic, one of the best tournaments of the year?
Don’t worry! GMs Alex Yermolinksy and Alexander Shabalov have you covered with all the highlights from this super-GM tournament.
Enjoy the best games and strategic ideas from the tournament along with GMs Yermolinsky and Shabalov in this exciting recap video. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky zooms in on round 10 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku with a high-stakes battle between two super GMs, Karjakin and Svidler.
Will Karjakin allow Svidler to play his favored Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez? Or does Karjakin have another move prepared?
GM Yermo walks you through the variations of a complicated and important game. | Watch video
FM Kavutskiy brings the yin and the yang today - a positional masterpiece and a tactical melee. GMs Aronian and Nakamura were the two winners. Can you guess who played which game? OK enough with the easy questions. Watch Aronian prove that the bishop pair is not the final word. Nakamura shows that he is still at least as creative at the young GM Rapport. An unexpected sacrifice comes out of nowhere - how often do you see Nxd5, Nxe3, Nxc2 on three consecutive moves in the opening? Wow! | Watch video
GM Melik proudly shows off a game from one of his star students - a player he compares to some of America's newest IMs and GMs. It may not be a name you are familiar with, but that makes it all the more impressive how he takes out a seasoned grandmaster. Watch and see NM Craig Hilby showing positional mastery well beyond his years. You'll also learn why Melik thinks the Ruy Lopez is the king of openings. Learn it and you'll be ready for all pawn structures. | Watch video
How strong do you like your tournaments? How does an average rating of 2793 sound? The inaugural Sinquefield Cup was held in St. Louis, USA this September, and IM Danny Rensch and GM Melik Khachiyan deliver the action. Khachiyan used to coach one of the players, and you can probably guess which one. Watch Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura and Kamsky play the opening round of this historic tournament, the strongest ever on American soil. | Watch video
GM Kaidanov explains how Magnus Carlsen wins most of his chess games, then shows a prototypical example. The Norwegian wonder just tries to get out the opening with a playable position, then waits and lurks until he can overwhelm the second player. Carlsen is actually even worse in this game, but after ditching a weak pawn, all of his pieces spring to life, and a series of defection tactics doom the white king. This "kid" can play! | Watch video
After reviewing a game in which Gligoric quickly turns a "slow moving center" into a dangerous kingside attack (as was typical of his style), GM Bojkov displays a game that ends in a combination you might recognize! One of the most famous puzzles in history that derives from Gligoric's obscure Najdorf is on display! Dejan then provides one more example of Gligoric's brilliance on the white side of a Sicilian, before signing off. | Watch video
Active-Positional. Strategical use of the Initiative. Dynamic and Modern. These are the terms used to describe the play of Paul Keres who, in Roman's eyes, is one of the most amazing natural talents ever to play the game. Keres is one of the few GMs of his era whose style would hold up in today's modern understanding of chess. These instructive games make it hard to argue, and Roman gives us his great personal insight into the man Paul Keres in a way that only he can... | Watch video