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
The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
How on earth did this crazy opening gambit get such an unusual name?
And what exactly is the Monkey’s Bum Gambit?
All your questions will be answered by GM Simon Williams, who shows you the brilliant idea “behind” this wild opening.
Learn how to stir up an attacking initiative against the solid positional response 1…g6 to the king’s pawn opening. | Watch video
FM Kostya Kavutskiy previews his new book on the open Sicilian in this exclusive video for Chess.com.
If you’re looking for a complete repertoire against the Sicilian defense, FM Kavutskiy has you covered.
Enjoy a sneak preview of some exciting book content in the 2…e6 Sicilian system. | Watch video
Don’t kid yourself about pawns. Though they’re considered the lowliest members of the chess set, pawns can pack a wallop too.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates the awesome power of passed pawns in this analysis of one of Philidor’s iconic pawn-pushing games.
Learn how to unleash your pawns like Philidor to promote and win. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video