The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
GM Simen Agdestein plans to ask World Champion Magnus Carlsen if he can spot the tactics in this video -- but first you get a chance.
See if you can solve a variety of instructive positions from three of GM Agdestein’s own games.
GM Agdestein says that tactics are more important than ever, and you have to “train your brain” to solve them -- so start with this video.
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What’s the most famous queen sacrifice ever?
FM Mike Klein gives you the best-known queen sacs in history, but it’s up to you to decide.
Will it be the legendary “gold coin” queen sac by Marshall? Or one of the many queen offerings by Morphy?
How about young Fischer’s “game of the century” against Donald Byrne? Or Adolf Anderssen’s immortal game?
Let us know your choice in the comments section! | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video
What were the best games and most beautiful tactics of 2014?
FM Mike Klein takes you through the most exciting and amazing positions of the year in this fun and easy-to-digest video.
Kick off the new year with a look back at the best chess from the last 12 months — and find out where FM Klein is licensed to be captain of a boat!
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Did you miss any of the 2014 London Chess Classic, one of the best tournaments of the year?
Don’t worry! GMs Alex Yermolinksy and Alexander Shabalov have you covered with all the highlights from this super-GM tournament.
Enjoy the best games and strategic ideas from the tournament along with GMs Yermolinsky and Shabalov in this exciting recap video. | Watch video
Do super grandmasters make mistakes?
You bet they do. We saw two astounding blunders on the highest possible level in game six of the world chess championship between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand.
So if world champions make errors in slow games, you can bet that super GMs make all kinds of blunders in blitz games, even as strong as they are.
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili shows you blunders made in a game featuring the second-best player in the world, Fabiano Caruana. | Watch video
Who better to teach you attacking chess than Mikhail Tal, the brilliant former world champion?
IM Keaton Kiewra walks you through one of Tal’s most spectacular attacking games, where all his sacrifices arise from solid positional chess.
Learn IM Kiewra’s advice on how to attack like Tal, and soon your games will be a lot more exciting.
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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