GM Alex Yermolinksy draws inspiration from the Moscow Open to begin a new series on practical endgames.
Jump straight to the relevant ending in this illustrative lesson on rook, pawn, and bishop endgames.
Learn how a strong grandmaster lost what should have been a drawn game, and see if you can save the half-point yourself. | 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
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
FM Mike Klein is back with seven more spectacular queen sacrifices for you to enjoy.
You won’t believe the creative ways the queens were jettisoned to win these brilliant attacking games — but FM Klein explains each important variation.
From Paul Morphy to modern attacking madmen, these guys just can’t stop sacrificing their queens. Gear up for some nonstop chess fireworks in this entertaining video. | Watch video
Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
Playing one more move - well, it beats resigning! GM Sam Shankland finds himself in a miserable position against his former trainer, but resolves to make the win as difficult as he can for GM Josh Friedel. Suddenly Black's pieces get coordinated, the attack on his king is stabilized, and the passed d-pawn is released! Watch this great comeback and you'll see how to put up maximum resistance from a losing position! | Watch video
Why play the main line when you can instead play a perfectly reasonable move that confused your opponent? GM Finegold is full of these tricks, and today he illuminates one more - the "mysterious" Qd2. Where is she going? Why does she want to be there? Apparently there's a method to the madness since in both of these games the queen invades Black's castle quickly. In game two, Ben "accidentally" copies a famous GM for most of the game. That's a nice surprise! | Watch video
Making her Chess.com debut, FM Alisa Melekhina shows her modesty with a loss against a GM. Her lesson: don't just shuffle your pieces around expecting to draw. Higher-rated players know some secrets for overcoming complacency, and here White creates just enough of an imbalance to put Melekhina back on her heels. She's about to be a lawyer - not taking her advice would be criminal. | Watch video