The ChessCenter team is back with everything you need to know about a very busy week in chess.
Find out how the Russians swept the Euro team championships, and watch a ferocious computer lizard devour Stockfish in the strongest chess match ever held.
See what kind of chess personality Hikaru Nakamura has, and don’t forget to take the quiz yourself in the related links. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent insists on going slow?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you an entertaining game from the “San Diego Surfers” chess league match where White eschewed sharper lines to enter into a non-theoretical Stonewall system.
So how do you beat these plans? Create complications and you will throw your slow opponent’s schemes awry — and hopefully he will panic.
Stick around for Keaton’s advice on what to do when you want to play slow yourself. | Watch video
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL.
Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her extensive primer on how to use the English Attack against the extremely popular Najdorf Sicilian by Black.
Learn how the crushing move in games resulting from this opening might not be spectacular but instead subtly powerful, winning the game for you on the spot before your opponent even realizes what happened. | Watch video
Join the Chess.com team for this week’s ChessCenter and see some of the most amazing moves along with the best in chess news and entertainment.
Find out how the world’s strongest computer escaped from what looked like impossible circumstances. See a slam-dunk queen sacrifice mate. And you won’t believe a blunder made in the St. Louis showdown between Nakamura and Caruana.
Is Carlsen the Ronda Rousey of chess? And which world champion would win the Game of Thrones? | Watch video
How can you attack like Mikhail Tal, one of the most ferocious chess players in history?
GM Simon Williams shows you how in this fun and educational lesson on his favorite chess player of all time.
Learn the secret to conjuring fierce attacks over the board and you too can play like “the magician of Riga.” | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra brings you an exciting game from the tournament in honor of the great Anatoly Karpov.
Watch as Sutovsky uses some of his own “fire on board” to beat the legendary Alexey Shirov in a game where both sides launched all-out attacks.
IM Kiewra explains the chess fireworks as he reviews this must-see game. | Watch video
The best way to handle a stressful situation is to stay cool under the pressure, and this applies in chess as well as anywhere.
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how not to lose your head when the pieces and pawns are flying around the chessboard and the pressure is on.
Learn how to remain calm and find the right moves in complicated and stressful positions. | Watch video
The strongest human chess match is an exhibition right now in St. Louis, while the strongest computer match in history is underway in the virtual world.
Oh, and did we mention the Candidates’ Tournament field and host site are set?
ChessCenter brings you all this and more in probably the busiest chess news week ever. | Watch video