Sometimes chess relies on rote study: the rules, normal openings, and some common endgames.
But most of the time, winning at chess requires imagination — and lots of it.
So how do you stay creative at chess?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how one of his master students came up with inspirational ideas to win a long and hard-fought game.
Learn how to have a flexible mind when evaluating positions and you just might win more of them. | Watch video
GM Maurice Ashley is back to analyze another exciting game from the world’s richest chess tournament, Millionaire Chess.
Two of the fiercest grandmasters in the world battle it out with tons of money on the line.
Watch and enjoy as GM Ashley gives you the play-by-play for this heavyweight bout. | Watch video
Are you a real chess player if you can’t remember your games move-by-move? Don’t worry, Magnus Carlsen thinks so.
The world champion himself (with some help from the database) shows you his favorite win from the super-strong Tata Steel tournament, a solid victory against GM Aronian.
Learn why Carlsen considers this exciting game among his finest efforts. | Watch video
How do you beat a former world champion at blitz chess?
The idea is “simple” — quite literally.
GM Maxim Dlugy explains how a simplification strategy allows the smart player to preserve the most precious resource in speed chess: time.
Learn how to avoid complications in blitz when you have a positional advantage. | Watch video
Isn’t it amazing that if we don’t see a crucial tactical idea on one move, we can miss it for several consecutive moves?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili brings us a member-game analysis from two very strong players who nonetheless make myriad blunders and oversights in the game.
Learn how to logically follow a plan instead of making pointless moves from this lesson. | Watch video
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
FM Mike Klein concludes his exceptional queen sacrifice series with a look at the best queen sacs of the millennium.
You won’t want to miss these modern brilliancies, especially with the best checkmate of the entire series coming up in the video.
After you watch, be sure to mention your own favorite queen sacs in the comment section. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Yermo explores the life and games of contemporary champions Kasparov and Kramnik as he draws near to the end of his World Champions Tour. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on February 23. | Watch video
Did you think FM Mike Klein was done with his amazing queen sacrifices? Think again.
This time, FM Klein has a video full of queen sacs a pirate would love, because they make the enemy king walk the plank to his own demise.
Don’t miss the spectacular attack by Tigran Petrosian. As the old saying goes: if Petrosian makes a sacrifice against you, there's no need to do anything: resign immediately.
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Do you want another spicy gambit option against 1…e5?
GM Simon Williams has you covered with the aggressive Danish Gambit.
Learn how to derail your opponent’s best-laid plans with this tricky opening, and how to get a pomising attacking position now matter how your opponent responds. | Watch video