It took GM Simon Williams 25 years to master the French Defense, but it should take you a lot less time now that you know all his secrets.
Get ready for a lesson on perhaps the most popular of White’s responses to the French Defense — the classical variation with Nc3.
Learn what to do against this important variation favored by some of best players in the world, including Fischer and Tal. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a chess move so incomprehensible that the only reasonable explanation is the game was played blindfold?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili can’t believe his eyes in this latest member-game review.
Chuckle along with the grandmaster as he teaches you to think logically in chess, which is exactly the opposite of what the players in this game did. | Watch video
Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
Have you ever faced an opponent who played the Grand Prix?
GM Simon Williams shows you how to bust open this annoying anti-Sicilian system, gaining the wild and entertaining game you want.
Learn how to play against jolly old England’s favorite anti-Sicilian in this enlightening video lesson. | Watch video
IM Rendle practices hacking up Chess.com members rated between 1500 and 2000 in this week's Hack Attack! Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on April 30. | Watch video
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
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
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Yermo continues to explore the challengers to World Championship with his viewers. Who will they settle on? Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on March 16. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Today Yermo learns from viewers on Bobby Fischer's 72nd birthday. Who is going to be the next challenger to Magnus Carlsen? Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on March 9. | Watch video