IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | 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
GM Melikset Khachiyan analyzes an important game between two super-GMs -- Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich -- to reveal some new opening theory you need to add to your repertoire.
Do you know the “Quiet Variation” of the Slav Defense? Melik has succinct advice for you about the key ideas in this modern opening.
As Melik says, when you attack, always attack big — but first learn how to generate an attack from this opening. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reviews Chess.com member games in this replay of her live show, originally broadcast on Dec. 16.
Learn what Chess.com members did right and wrong in their games, as WGM Abrahamyan considers each game from both the white and black perspective.
Watch till the end to find out WGM Abrahamyan’s ultimate theory on how chess works! | Watch video
Is there any chance you missed the biggest Chess.com Death Match ever, Nakamura vs. So?
Last weekend, the top two players in the U.S. squared off on the virtual chessboard for a 33-game battle.
Enjoy this full replay of the extensive Death Match analysis provided by GM Irina Krush and GM Robert Hess on the original live broadcast.
Check out the related links for Chess.com’s news report on the match. | Watch video
What were the best games and most beautiful tactics of 2014?
FM Mike Klein takes you through the most exciting and amazing positions of the year in this fun and easy-to-digest video.
Kick off the new year with a look back at the best chess from the last 12 months — and find out where FM Klein is licensed to be captain of a boat!
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When is a defense actually an attack?
When it’s an aggressive Stonewall Defense!
Beautiful attacking pawn chains are not just for White; Black can quickly setup a deadly chain in this opening.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you everything you need to know about getting your pawns rolling in the Stonewall Defense — which should be called the Stonewall Attack! | 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
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