Everyone knows the Sicilian is a fighting opening, where both sides need to go all-in on their plans.
But how do you gain the initiative in such a hotly contested opening?
GM Melikset Khachiyan reviews one of his own recent games to show you exactly the plan you need. | Watch video
The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
How on earth did this crazy opening gambit get such an unusual name?
And what exactly is the Monkey’s Bum Gambit?
All your questions will be answered by GM Simon Williams, who shows you the brilliant idea “behind” this wild opening.
Learn how to stir up an attacking initiative against the solid positional response 1…g6 to the king’s pawn opening. | Watch video
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
Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video
The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
Are you tired of boring chess? Had your fill of “positional rubbish”?
GM Simon Williams would like to introduce you to what he calls the Delayed Wing Gambit against Black’s Sicilian Defense.
Has GM Williams finally gone mad by recommending you play 2. a3? Find out in this wild video -- there's another surprise coming on a3, too!
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GM Simen Agdestein plans to ask World Champion Magnus Carlsen if he can spot the tactics in this video -- but first you get a chance.
See if you can solve a variety of instructive positions from three of GM Agdestein’s own games.
GM Agdestein says that tactics are more important than ever, and you have to “train your brain” to solve them -- so start with this video.
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What’s the secret opening that impressed a young Magnus Carlsen?
GM Simon Williams unveils the Hillbilly Attack, a crazy and aggressive gambit your opponent has probably never seen in his life.
Learn the key ideas of this rootin’-tootin’ opening to blast your opponent off the board! | Watch video
The Sicilian Grand Prix is always good for some crazy pawn action, and GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you the very best way to attack with one of the most powerful pawn chains in the game.
Learn the optimal plans for both sides in this exciting opening, which can often turn into a race on opposing flanks.
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