How do you play against someone whose chess is so wild, it’s like he never left the 19th century?
GM Melikset Khachiyan recently had to face the swashbuckling NM Dana MacKenzie, and the clash of styles was immense.
Watch how GM Khachiyan tries to calm down his opponent’s penchant for wild attacks in this exciting game. | Watch video
Did you know there were five types of chess skewers?
IM Daniel Rensch gives you timed puzzles for all five skewer categories in this interactive video.
If you can solve all of these puzzles you might be “fatally attracted” to skewers in your games.
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GM Melik Khachiyan and Brother Josh review member games in this full replay from the live show originally broadcast on Dec. 4, 2014. | Watch video
The Dragon Sicilian is one of the most misunderstood openings, according to GM Ben Finegold.
Does it win by force, or lose by force? GM Finegold will demonstrate that neither is true.
The Dragon Sicilian is playable at even the highest levels of chess, and GM Finegold will show you the most important ideas in this fighting opening. | Watch video
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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Most players know how to win games against lower-rated opponents. In many cases, it’s simply a matter of technique.
But how on earth do you beat an opponent whose rating is higher than yours? After all, that rating may reflect superior knowledge or ability.
It’s possible — if you believe in yourself. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you the important ways you can pull off the upset against stronger opponents. | Watch video
GM Melik Khachiyan and Brother Josh review member games in this full replay of the live show originally broadcast on Nov. 14, 2014. | Watch video
Chess players of all levels have heard it over and over: practice tactics to get better.
While this is certainly true, longterm strategy is another important part of becoming a strong player.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you three concrete ways you can quickly improve your strategic game in part one of his new series. | Watch video
What can a game between the best players in America teach you about the middlegame?
FM Todd Andrews continues his middlegame series by looking at a game between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura.
FM Andrews explains how this world-class game can teach you the guidelines to play efficient and strategic middlegames. | Watch video
What’s the most important thing you need to beat weaker players?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reveals the secret way to win against lower-rated players as she analyzes her performance in the Politiken Cup.
Learn WGM Abrahamyan’s advice on how to become a better player by adapting well to changes in the position. | Watch video