How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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How can you absolutely prevent your opponent from playing the King’s Gambit? There’s one hilarious and surefire way, as GM Simon Williams recalls from one of his own games.
All jokes aside, GM Williams concludes one of the most interesting and useful video series in recent memory with his final analysis of how to crush your opponent in the King’s Gambit. | Watch video
Enjoy these highlights from the Sept. 29 broadcast of “Pardon Our Blunders,” where IM Daniel Rensch and Chess.com reporter Peter Doggers discuss a wide range of pressing chess topics.
What do Daniel and Peter think about cheating in chess, chess espionage, and Fabiano Caruana’s future residence? The only way to know is to watch this video.
Stick around to the end for the “Blunder of the Month”! | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky resumes his analysis of Boris Gelfand's game with the red-hot Fabiano Caruana at the 2014 Grand Prix in Baku.
Watch GM Yermo break down this exciting, asymmetrical game in one of 2014’s most important tournaments. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky focuses on Boris Gelfand's strong early performance at the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes two of Gelfand's games from the Grand Prix, including a gargantuan tilt with Fabiano Caruana. | Watch video
Can Reti squeeze a win out of what looks like a textbook draw?
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his analysis of Reti’s brilliant play, picking up this time in the early endgame against Romanovsky.
Learn how Reti creates advantageous imbalances from this seemingly lifeless position. | Watch video
Can a caveman play chess?
GM Simon Williams shows you the caveman way to attack in the King’s Gambit.
You won’t believe some of the crazy winning sacrifices White has in this opening if Black makes a single slip-up.
Learn how to exploit inaccuracies and quickly overwhelm your opponent in this romantic opening. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra takes on all-comers in a live blitz session on Chess.com.
Watch how IM Kiewra handles tricky positions against some of the strongest players on the site, and learn the ideas behind every move.
Will IM Kiewra be able to win his matches while trying to explain everything he’s doing? Stick around to the end to find out.
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Have you ever seen a strong GM analyze a game by two players rated in the 1300s?
Watch GM Roman Dzindzichashvili review an intermediate-level game by two Chess.com members.
GM Dzindzichashvili shows you how simple calculation errors can nullify brilliant positional and strategic ideas.
Learn how to find the hidden resources you didn’t even know you had to save or win a game. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan analyzes your games in this full replay of the live show originally broadcast on Oct. 6, 2014. | Watch video