Appreciating pawns in chess may be an old idea, but it’s still relevant in modern chess.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn analyzes a fairly recent game between two strong grandmasters where a strong pawn center is worth more than an entire piece.
Learn how to use pawn power to destroy your opponent’s defenses, even when you have to give up some material to crack open the position. | Watch video
When are a few pawns worth more than a queen and rook put together?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you an unbelievable famous game where the power of pawns was on full display.
Learn how to march your pawn majority forward at any cost to win in spectacular fashion. | Watch video
Don’t kid yourself about pawns. Though they’re considered the lowliest members of the chess set, pawns can pack a wallop too.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates the awesome power of passed pawns in this analysis of one of Philidor’s iconic pawn-pushing games.
Learn how to unleash your pawns like Philidor to promote and win. | 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
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
Melik & Me: Complete Show from 1-29-15
GM Melik Khachiyan and Chess.com’s Shaun McCoy begin a new episode of the Melik & Me show.
GM Khachiyan reviews Shaun’s game to get inside the mind of an intermediate player and learn what he was thinking.
Watch in real time as GM Khachiyan teaches Shaun the rudiments of the Philador Defense. — except with a novelty on move three. | 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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IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues his chess tactics series with an exciting concept: discoveries.
Learn the five types of discoveries by solving IM Rensch’s timed puzzles, personalized to your own level of chess knowledge.
It’s not enough to know that discoveries exist — you must also be able to create opportunities for them, and IM Rensch shows you exactly how to do it. | Watch video
Who better to learn from than Mikhail Tal when it comes to how to attack?
Tal, of course, was one of the greatest attacking players of all time — and FM Todd Andrews shows you one of his most brilliant wins.
In this game, Tal butts heads with a fellow future world champion, Tigran Petrosian, one of the best defenders ever.
How did Tal break through against this defensive genius? Watch to find out! | Watch video