Sometimes chess relies on rote study: the rules, normal openings, and some common endgames.
But most of the time, winning at chess requires imagination — and lots of it.
So how do you stay creative at chess?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how one of his master students came up with inspirational ideas to win a long and hard-fought game.
Learn how to have a flexible mind when evaluating positions and you just might win more of them. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues to work his way up on the Chess.com tactics trainer, solving puzzles and rising from 1777 to 1948.
Think out loud along with IM Rensch as you find the weakness in the enemy position and exploit it.
Remember to have an awareness of the entire board so you don’t miss something important. | Watch video
GM Maurice Ashley is back to analyze another exciting game from the world’s richest chess tournament, Millionaire Chess.
Two of the fiercest grandmasters in the world battle it out with tons of money on the line.
Watch and enjoy as GM Ashley gives you the play-by-play for this heavyweight bout. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Today's topic is Women's chess and the Women's World Championship starting with Vera Menchik. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on March 23. | Watch video
Are you a real chess player if you can’t remember your games move-by-move? Don’t worry, Magnus Carlsen thinks so.
The world champion himself (with some help from the database) shows you his favorite win from the super-strong Tata Steel tournament, a solid victory against GM Aronian.
Learn why Carlsen considers this exciting game among his finest efforts. | Watch video
How do you beat a former world champion at blitz chess?
The idea is “simple” — quite literally.
GM Maxim Dlugy explains how a simplification strategy allows the smart player to preserve the most precious resource in speed chess: time.
Learn how to avoid complications in blitz when you have a positional advantage. | Watch video
IM Thomas Rendle leaves pieces en prise in a way that is vaguely intentional in yet another exciting Hack Attack battle against chess.com's viewers. Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on March 19. | Watch video
Isn’t it amazing that if we don’t see a crucial tactical idea on one move, we can miss it for several consecutive moves?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili brings us a member-game analysis from two very strong players who nonetheless make myriad blunders and oversights in the game.
Learn how to logically follow a plan instead of making pointless moves from this lesson. | Watch video
GM Melik Khachiyan and Chess.com's Shaun McCoy analyze member games in their latest edition of the Melik and Me show. Enjoy a full replay of this fun and educational program originally broadcast on March 19. Find out what the Chess.com members did right and wrong in their own games as analyzed by a grandmaster. | Watch video
GM Melik Khachiyan and GM Alex Yermolinsky round up the best games, tactics, and moments from round two of the recently completed 2015 Women’s World Championship. | Watch video