Did you know there were five types of chess skewers?
IM Daniel Rensch gives you timed puzzles for all five skewer categories in this interactive video.
If you can solve all of these puzzles you might be “fatally attracted” to skewers in your games.
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Most players know how to win games against lower-rated opponents. In many cases, it’s simply a matter of technique.
But how on earth do you beat an opponent whose rating is higher than yours? After all, that rating may reflect superior knowledge or ability.
It’s possible — if you believe in yourself. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you the important ways you can pull off the upset against stronger opponents. | Watch video
Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
What can a game between the best players in America teach you about the middlegame?
FM Todd Andrews continues his middlegame series by looking at a game between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura.
FM Andrews explains how this world-class game can teach you the guidelines to play efficient and strategic middlegames. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a beautiful king hunt in chess and wondered how the attacking player reached such a fun and powerful position?
IM Keaton Kiewra gives you his advice on how to build an attack, even if you’re not a natural attacking player.
IM Kiewra tells you which openings you should choose for an attack, and where to put your pieces before you strike. | Watch video
What are the three things you need to know about the middlegame?
Many chess players have a good idea of what to play in the opening, and endgames can be studied and memorized.
But what about the middlegame, when things are much less clear? FM Todd Andrews tells you what you need to know! | Watch video
Most of us are not professional chess players, and if you are an amateur, this is the show for you!
GM Melik Khachiyan teams up with host Josh Sampson to analyze member games of all strengths.
Watch this full replay of the show (originally broadcast on September 18) to find out what GM Khachiyan would have done differently in all the games he reviews.
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GM Dzindzichashvili continues his series on the Four Pawns Attack in the King’s Indian Defense. Expanding on the analysis in part one, GM Dzindzi starts out by listing the four crucial positional objectives for White in this opening. If Black allows his opponent to achieve all four goals, Black will be in a lot of trouble. GM Dzindzi shows you how to prevent White from achieving this set-up. Stick around till the end of the video to learn every plausible variation in this exciting opening. | Watch video
Are you ready for another fiery King’s Gambit game?
GM Simon Williams deeply analyzes a brilliant attacking game in this romantic opening.
Learn how to cash in your lead in development for a devastating attack.
GM Williams shows you the powerful secrets of the King’s Gambit, and how to crush your unsuspecting opponents who will be expecting anything but this dynamic opening. | Watch video