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
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky cashed in the recently completed North American Open after 10 months without playing any serious chess.
Learn how he did it in this new series as GM Yermo reviews selected games move-by-move.
Against the talented young FM Vignesh Panchanatham, GM Yermolinsky used the solid Queen’s Indian Defense to gain a winning position. | Watch video
IM Thomas Rendle is back with a full episode of Hack Attack. Can IM Thomas Rendle beat Chess.com’s blitz players while broadcasting the game live and keeping the audience entertained? Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on January 12. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues his chess tactics series with an exciting concept: discoveries.
Learn the five types of discoveries by solving IM Rensch’s timed puzzles, personalized to your own level of chess knowledge.
It’s not enough to know that discoveries exist — you must also be able to create opportunities for them, and IM Rensch shows you exactly how to do it. | Watch video
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
What can a game between the best players in America teach you about the middlegame?
FM Todd Andrews continues his middlegame series by looking at a game between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura.
FM Andrews explains how this world-class game can teach you the guidelines to play efficient and strategic middlegames. | Watch video
What’s the most important thing you need to beat weaker players?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reveals the secret way to win against lower-rated players as she analyzes her performance in the Politiken Cup.
Learn WGM Abrahamyan’s advice on how to become a better player by adapting well to changes in the position. | Watch video