GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense all his life, and he has quite a few secrets to share.
Learn how to play a universal system against the dynamic Tarrasch French in this extremely useful lesson, covering the most commonly played moves by White.
Find out how GM Williams did against one of the best players in the world in this opening in a late-night barroom battle.
| Watch video
If your opponent meets your Classical French Defense with e5, you can always play Nd7 with a solid theoretical footing.
But what would be the fun in that? GM Simon Williams, as usual, recommends a shocking move to immediately blast the game out of the opening books.
Find out about this spicy idea in this bold video.
| Watch video
Big attacks and spectacular sacrifices might get all the attention, but there are other ways to win a chess game.
GM Melikset Khachiyan explains the powerful positional method of restriction, which slowly saps the energy of both your opponent and his pieces.
Learn how to deny your opponent space, squares, and potential in this enlightening lesson. | Watch video
Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his primer on the French Defense with one of the trendiest variations today, the Tarrasch with Nd2.
Learn how to make this opening spicy and aggressive, whether White likes it or not.
Stick around for some of Simon’s best rhyming slang in this fun video. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with the final word on opposite-color bishop endgames with pawns on the board.
Learn the crucial differences between various important positions, and note how even the most subtle changes can totally change the outcome of the ending.
These endgames are so variable that they defy mathematical rules, and some of the positions in this video will make you wish the board had an “i-file” for your king to use. | Watch video
Even if your position is bad, you can still take advantage of your opponent’s mistakes to salvage or even win the game.
In this entertaining member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili points out all the times both players did not do this, playing move after move of plan-less chess.
Find out what these two Chess.com members should have played in this hilarious lesson. | Watch video
What exactly is the Groan variation in the French Exchange?
You can count on GM Simon Williams to tell you how this opening got its memorable name.
Can anyone spice up this drawish-looking position? The Ginger GM can.
After this lesson, you’ll be using the Groan to make your opponent do the same in defeat. | Watch video
GM Rashad Babaev continues his guide on the King’s Indian with a look at the Exchange variation, where the game takes a quick turn for the endgame.
Can Black defend against White’s aggressive plans in this opening? If you know the right moves to look for, it should be easy.
Find out what moves you need to know to beat this popular opening choice. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4.
GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves.
Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his grandmaster opponent. | Watch video