What do you do when your opponent plays an anti-Sicilian system against your favorite opening? GM Ben Finegold shows you how to crush these openings once and for all.
In this video, GM Finegold shows you the fine points of the Rossolimo variation, the most popular response from players avoiding open Sicilians.
Learn how to pick a “pet line” to get a quick advantage against these anti-Sicilian players! | Watch video
With so many lines available, what does GM Dzindzichashvili recommend as the "guideline" you should use when choosing a variation against the Sämisch? Whichever is easiest for you of course!
Roman reviews the theory behind the 6...c6 variation of the Sämisch, highlighting Black's positional ideas and solid approach towards undermining White's center.
Look for more soon on Roman's approach to the King's Indian Defense! | Watch video
FM Todd Andrews teaches you how to learn an opening from scratch.
Once you’ve chosen which opening to play, what’s the best way to learn it? FM Andrews shows you tips, tricks, and study methods to improve your chosen opening.
In this video, learn how to play the ferocious Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation from one of the fiercest Sicilian players of all time, Bobby Fischer. | Watch video
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili analyzes one of his own games from start to finish, paying special attention to the transition between an advantageous position and a won endgame.
Once you get to the endgame, how do you win it? GM Dzindzi shows you the important concepts in a tricky rook ending. | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani dives deep into a game between two legendary Soviet world champions: Tigran Petrosian and Boris Spassky.
Learn how Petrosian played a masterful middlegame to stop Spassky’s ideas outright or at least lessen their effectiveness. No one was better at combining attack and defense than Petrosian, and this game was one of his finest.
Watch on to learn Rusa’s rules for how to improve in the middlegame, and to see her favorite move of the entire game.
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FM Elliot Liu analyzes an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game where nearly every move contains a potent threat.
Nimzowitsch’s positional understanding was decades ahead of his time, and he makes use of that knowledge to quickly gain a winning position against his hapless opponent.
In this video, part one of the series, FM Liu shows you how to keep up constant threats to gain a positional advantage. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you three more important and entertaining zugzwang endgames: one from a student, one from his own game, and the most famous zugzwang game ever, a masterpiece between Sämisch and Nimzowitsch in 1923.
Learn key zugzwang concepts from the first two positions, and then sit back and enjoy what has been called the immortal zugzwang game between the two super grandmasters. | 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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The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video