How did one of the greatest chess players ever handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the three best players of all time, so whenever you have a chance to learn an opening approach from him, pay attention!
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews a unique game in this structure from nearly 30 years ago, and Kasparov’s ideas remain relevant to this day. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan analyzes an important game between two super-GMs -- Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich -- to reveal some new opening theory you need to add to your repertoire.
Do you know the “Quiet Variation” of the Slav Defense? Melik has succinct advice for you about the key ideas in this modern opening.
As Melik says, when you attack, always attack big — but first learn how to generate an attack from this opening. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | 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
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
Do you know how to create a theoretical chess novelty?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili explains the way to do it while reviewing one of his games from more than 40 years ago!
Learn what GM Dzindzi was thinking during one of the most memorable games of his career. | Watch video
Last time, GM Ben Finegold offered a defense of the Sicilian Dragon as a misunderstood opening.
But what’s the difference between the classical Dragon and the Accelerated Dragon?
GM Finegold shows you the key ideas behind the faster Dragon opening, and warns that as White you cannot try to play against the Accelerated Dragon like it’s a regular Dragon! | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch battles some tough puzzles in this latest tactics trainer live session.
Listen to IM Rensch think out loud as he untangles the most difficult positions on the Chess.com tactics trainer.
Try to defeat the automated tactics beast yourself by clicking the TACTICS TRAINER link in the sidebar. | Watch video
How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago.
Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space.
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