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
FM Kostya Kavutskiy previews his new book on the open Sicilian in this exclusive video for Chess.com.
If you’re looking for a complete repertoire against the Sicilian defense, FM Kavutskiy has you covered.
Enjoy a sneak preview of some exciting book content in the 2…e6 Sicilian system. | 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
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
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
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