The center is the most important part of the chessboard, the crossroads through which attacks are often launched and defense comes to the rescue.
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates how to use this vital area of the board to succeed in your own attacks by analyzing an instructive game.
Learn how to control, occupy, and exploit the game’s most critical territory in this lesson. | Watch video
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili returns with his latest member game analysis.
This time, Dzindzi analyzes a talented young player’s game on Chess.com, and the stresses the importance of always having a sound strategic plan.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for this promising chess talent, but for now learn what he did right and wrong in this entertaining game review.
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The Sicilian is great, but what if you or your opponent choose to avoid the open Sicilian?
You’ve ventured into anti-Sicilian territory.
Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically “spicy” introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you ever play 1. e4. | Watch video
What is the single-most-important piece of information when GM Roman Dzindzichashvili analyzes a game?
It’s not the rating, not the player, not the event, and not the location. It’s the time control.
Watch how a relatively short time control transforms two good players into habitual blunderers in this entertaining member game analysis. | Watch video
You can’t play the Queen’s Gambit Declined if you don’t know Lasker’s Defense.
Take a lesson on this complex positional set-up from one of the world’s greatest chess theoreticians, GM Gregory Kaidanov.
Learn how to evaluate the opening from both sides in this informative video. | Watch video
GM Babaev has taught you both sides of the King’s Indian Defense and Attack, but what do you do when your opponent starts with e4?
You can still apply the same ideas as the KID by responding with the Pirc.
GM Babaev shows you exactly how to do it, including tips to turn your knight into a monster against a bad bishop. | Watch video
Like it or not. a great number of games are decided by forcing decisions.
If you’re going to play chess, you simply have to know how to handle these crucial moments.
GM Melikset Khachiyan gives you an important lesson on these moves, providing advice on exactly how to handle key forcing positions. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov continues his Queen’s Gambit primer with one of the most important variations: the Classical.
This historic opening was famously battle-tested in the Alekhine-Capablanca world championship match, and it remains relevant today.
Learn how there is still a lot of play left in this old opening from a master teacher. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov returns with another world-class lesson on the Queen’s Gambit.
You won’t believe how thoroughly GM Kaidanov teaches you The Cambridge Springs Defense, an opening that Kaidanov considers to be very popular with amateur players.
Learn the ins and outs of this solid opening, and you’ll be ready to unleash the Cambridge Springs Defense in your own games. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan walks you through the key idea of the positional sacrifice in one of his own instructive games.
You’d better get ready to take notes, because this video is full of Melik’s positional advice.
Learn everything you need to know about both sides of the positional sacrifice in this lesson.
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