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
IM Daniel Rensch continues his chess tactics series with an exciting concept: discoveries.
Learn the five types of discoveries by solving IM Rensch’s timed puzzles, personalized to your own level of chess knowledge.
It’s not enough to know that discoveries exist — you must also be able to create opportunities for them, and IM Rensch shows you exactly how to do it. | 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
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
Who better to learn from than Mikhail Tal when it comes to how to attack?
Tal, of course, was one of the greatest attacking players of all time — and FM Todd Andrews shows you one of his most brilliant wins.
In this game, Tal butts heads with a fellow future world champion, Tigran Petrosian, one of the best defenders ever.
How did Tal break through against this defensive genius? Watch to find out! | Watch video
What is an international master thinking when he plays blitz?
IM Keaton Kiewra gives you a glimpse inside his mind as he plays a live session of high-level blitz on Chess.com
Learn what the most important chess ideas are to consider when time is a precious and limited resource.
Make sure you stick around for IM Kiewra’s advice on when an opposite-colored bishop ending is winning. | Watch video
One of the most exciting and dangerous formations in chess is an attacking pawn chain.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates how to accomplish this menacing setup in a very common opening, the Torre Attack!
Even if you’re an e4 player, you can often achieve this exact pawn chain in your openings, as well. | Watch video