How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein is back with seven more spectacular queen sacrifices for you to enjoy.
You won’t believe the creative ways the queens were jettisoned to win these brilliant attacking games — but FM Klein explains each important variation.
From Paul Morphy to modern attacking madmen, these guys just can’t stop sacrificing their queens. Gear up for some nonstop chess fireworks in this entertaining video. | Watch video
To win in modern chess, you need to be well versed in both tactics and strategy.
As the number-two player in the world, Fabiano Caruana is obviously a master of both.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy reviews a Caruana game in the Ruy Lopez to teach you the basics of evaluating a position.
Learn what FM Kavutskiy wants you to look for any time you are thinking strategy. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky faces some new ideas in the Catalan Nimzo-Indian by a talented young player during a key round of the North American Open in Las Vegas.
Watch how the experienced GM handles an unexpected opening — and apply those principles in your own games when the opening doesn’t go as planned.
Learn how GM Yermo draws on the knowledge of past world champions to apply the pressure — and stick around for a nice attacking, sacrificial ending. | Watch video
Are you up to date on the Grenke super-tournament?
If you need to catch up, or just want to relive the best moments from this exciting tournament, GM Melik Khachiyan and GM Robert Hess have you covered.
Enjoy this highlights video from Chess.com’s coverage of the first three rounds. | Watch video
You don’t want to miss the most beautiful combinations by one of the greatest players ever, do you?
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a Garry Kasparov masterpiece from 1980 that you’ll hardly believe.
What happens when a good attacking player takes on Kasparov, who is usually considered the greatest attacker of all time? Chess fireworks.
Learn how Kasparov methodically split his opponent’s position in half before moving in for the kill. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
How important is it to pay attention?
In chess, it’s everything.
In this member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates the perils that accompany a lack of concentration, no matter what the level of playing strength.
Stick around till the end to hear GM Dzindzichashvili’s advice for all players, from beginners to world champions. | Watch video