Sergey Karjakin was a one-man wrecking crew at the recent Russia-China international match, destroying the best Chinese grandmasters in his wake.
GM Alex Yermolinksy reviews Karjakin’s masterful rook endgame technique from this event, showing you how to play these extremely difficult positions.
Don’t forget to read FM Mike Klein’s full news report on Karjakin’s win in the related links. | Watch video
Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with the final word on opposite-color bishop endgames with pawns on the board.
Learn the crucial differences between various important positions, and note how even the most subtle changes can totally change the outcome of the ending.
These endgames are so variable that they defy mathematical rules, and some of the positions in this video will make you wish the board had an “i-file” for your king to use. | Watch video
Sometimes the best way to secure a draw in lopsided opposite-colored bishop endgames is to follow your opponent’s king with your own.
If your king behaves like it has separation anxiety from its counterpart, you can control the key diagonal without letting the opposing pawns advance.
Sounds a little confusing? The endgame expert GM Alex Yermolinsky walks you through this important concept. | Watch video
We all know that opposite-colored bishop endgames are drawish, but what is the best technique to actually defend this endgame?
GM Alex Yermolinsky, one of Chess.com’s best endgame specialists, has all the answers in this first video of a new series.
Learn how to properly defend a bishop ending in this can’t-miss video lesson. | Watch video
Don’t show this video to chess students, because GM Simon Williams recommends moving your queen out early in this spicy opening.
See how to create legitimate threats with your queen in the English Defense — an idea that even got a good position against Anatoly Karpov, one of the best players ever. | Watch video
How do some of the top players in the world respond to the aggressive Sicilian Defense?
GM Maxim Dlugy shows you one of the main weapons in White’s openings arsenal: the Bb5 Sicilian.
This solid opening is perfect for players who want to avoid the sharpest lines of the world’s most-studied opening.
Learn from one of the best blitz chess players ever how to incorporate this system into your own speed games. | Watch video
If you want one more dose of summer fireworks, look no further. IM Keaton Kiewra reviews his friend Craig Hilby’s game against the former U.S. champion, GM Alex Shabalov.
Hilby earned a well-deserved IM norm from this tournament, and this game played a big part.
The game, appropriately, was played this July 4th — and as you can guess from the title, plenty of fireworks exploded on the chessboard. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky has a key piece of endgame knowledge you simply have to know if you’re serious about chess.
Learn the best way to draw when down a pawn with two pieces each left — and see how GM Yermo’s opponent lost because he did not follow this advice!
Finally, if your opponent allows it, learn how to win with an extra pawn and a knight vs a bishop. | Watch video
Does the idea of an opposing pawn majority keep you up at nights?
Fear no longer. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an easy method to defeat these dreaded majorities.
After you watch this video, your whole way of looking at imbalanced pawn chains will be different. | Watch video