GM Alex Yermolinksy draws inspiration from the Moscow Open to begin a new series on practical endgames.
Jump straight to the relevant ending in this illustrative lesson on rook, pawn, and bishop endgames.
Learn how a strong grandmaster lost what should have been a drawn game, and see if you can save the half-point yourself. | Watch video
Sometimes chess relies on rote study: the rules, normal openings, and some common endgames.
But most of the time, winning at chess requires imagination — and lots of it.
So how do you stay creative at chess?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how one of his master students came up with inspirational ideas to win a long and hard-fought game.
Learn how to have a flexible mind when evaluating positions and you just might win more of them. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues to work his way up on the Chess.com tactics trainer, solving puzzles and rising from 1777 to 1948.
Think out loud along with IM Rensch as you find the weakness in the enemy position and exploit it.
Remember to have an awareness of the entire board so you don’t miss something important. | Watch video
How do you beat a former world champion at blitz chess?
The idea is “simple” — quite literally.
GM Maxim Dlugy explains how a simplification strategy allows the smart player to preserve the most precious resource in speed chess: time.
Learn how to avoid complications in blitz when you have a positional advantage. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov is back with another installment of his comprehensive Queen’s Gambit Declined video series, and this time he examines the sharp Classical Carlsbad from Black’s point of view.
Learn how some of the best players in the world handled this oft-played structure, and the advances that have been achieved through the years with this set-up.
Don’t forget to check the related links for more information on the Carlsbad and minority attacks. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a very advanced game from one of his most promising students, Andrew Hong.
Hong plays a King's Indian Defense reminiscent of Garry Kasparov, and you'll love the logical and patient way Hong cashed in his advantage. | Watch video
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 Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
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