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 11) to find out what GM Khachiyan would have done differently in all the games he reviews. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu concludes both the exciting Lasker game from part 3 and the video series as a whole with this thrilling finishing flurry of continual chess threats.
Learn how Lasker finished off the hapless Porges by maintaining constant pressure and creating new problems for his opponent with every move.
Can you find the piece sacrifice at the end that seals the deal? | Watch video
How does Bobby Fischer’s Yugoslav attack compare to a modern game between two super GMs?
FM Todd Andrews shows you the similarities and differences between the Fischer game from part one and a more recent instructive Sicilian Dragon game by GMs Shirov and Topalov.
Learn how to take notes on opening traps, patterns, transpositions, and structure in this enlightening video. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu shows you a brilliant Emanuel Lasker game from nearly 120 years ago to illustrate the power of making constant threats with your moves.
Lasker uncorks one of the first uses of the Berlin Defense in top-level play to quickly gain an advantage in this instructive game.
FM Liu shows you how Lasker pressed his edge and improved his position with every move. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames:
1. Rook vs. knight.
2. Queen vs. rook.
3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops.
If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani shows you how to limit your opponent’s best ideas in her debut video for Chess.com.
You will learn two ways to stop your opponent’s plans before they happen:
1. Prevent your opponent’s best moves using tactics and control of key squares.
2. Allow your opponent to complete his idea, but only when it is to your advantage.
Finally, IM Goletiani shows you when to transition between stopping your opponent’s ideas and starting your own decisive attack.
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Wow! Roman is not short on superlatives for this one! First he shows you several positions where the discussion is whether a bishop is good or bad, then you get to see both sides' misunderstanding of this concept. But our author saves his highest opprobrium for a simple pawn move. "This is the worst move I've seen in months." One side clearly wasn't thinking about squares gained and taken away - it turns out to be the pivotal mistake. Enjoy the lesson! | Watch video
A seminal moment in the history of Chess.com? In six years of recording videos, we've never had a Korean pop music reference in a video introduction! What happens when a GM goes Gangnam Style on the chessboard? Watch and see the unorthodox Nimzowitsch Defense lead to an equally unbalanced middlegame. You'll see the mistakes of amateurs so you can become a GM yourself. If not, there's always K-Pop for you to try. | Watch video
GM Melik Khachiyan shows you how he began his planning even before the game began. Respectful of his opponent's calculation abilities, the grandmaster chooses a quiet line and gains the edge when his opponent releases the tension. Often this means giving up something, and the video will show you the strength of White's lone center pawn. Khachiyan's freedom of movement and extra space spell doom for Black. Watch and see the simplicity of a top GM! | Watch video