Melik & Me: Complete Show from 1-29-15
GM Melik Khachiyan and Chess.com’s Shaun McCoy begin a new episode of the Melik & Me show.
GM Khachiyan reviews Shaun’s game to get inside the mind of an intermediate player and learn what he was thinking.
Watch in real time as GM Khachiyan teaches Shaun the rudiments of the Philador Defense. — except with a novelty on move three. | 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
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the finest chess tacticians of all time, and for good reason.
GM Dejan Bojkov begins a new series on Kasparov’s greatest combinations, and you won’t want to miss these brilliant games.
Learn how a young Kasparov cracked his opponent’s home preparation with a fantastic over-the-board attacking idea, topped off by a sparkling sacrificial combination. | Watch video
When is it theoretically correct to sacrifice your queen early in the game?
FM Mike Klein shows you six opening lines that allow — and sometimes require— you to give away your queen for a greater goal.
Learn how to win even without a queen with superior minor pieces in this entertaining video,
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You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinksy and GM Robert Hess team up to bring you the highlights of rounds nine and ten from the Tata Steel supertournament in Wijk aan Zee.
Enjoy the most exciting games and the best moves from these critical tournament rounds in this highlights video of the live show broadcast earlier this week. | Watch video
Is sending your queen on a kamikaze mission a good idea?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili doesn’t think so.
In this member-game analysis, GM Dzindzichashvili explains that when your opponent has a bad plan, you shouldn’t try to defend against it.
In a game full of comical errors, the second-to-last player to make a mistake usually wins, and it’s true in this game. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinksy and GM Robert Hess team up to bring you the highlights of rounds nine and ten from the Tata Steel supertournament in Wijk aan Zee. Enjoy the most exciting games and the best moves from these critical tournament rounds in this complete replay of the live show broadcast earlier this week. | Watch video
When can rooks defeat a queen?
FM Mike Klein shows you five exciting games where a queen sacrifice proved that sometimes, the rooks are better.
Learn this explosive theme from some of the best players in the world: Anand, Kramnik, and Victor Bologan are all practitioners of this sacrifice.
Which queen sacrifice do you think is most spectacular? Let us know in the comments. | 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