GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
Is sending your queen on a kamikaze mission a good idea?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili doesn’t think so.
In this member-game analysis, GM Dzindzichashvili explains that when your opponent has a bad plan, you shouldn’t try to defend against it.
In a game full of comical errors, the second-to-last player to make a mistake usually wins, and it’s true in this game. | Watch video
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
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
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
How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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How can you absolutely prevent your opponent from playing the King’s Gambit? There’s one hilarious and surefire way, as GM Simon Williams recalls from one of his own games.
All jokes aside, GM Williams concludes one of the most interesting and useful video series in recent memory with his final analysis of how to crush your opponent in the King’s Gambit. | Watch video
Take a trip in GM Roman Dzindzichashvili’s time machine back 30 years to the 1984 Chess Olympiad in Greece.
GM Dzindzichashvili shows you two seemingly straightforward games from this colossal chess event, and explains how you can use the power of simplicity to gain a big advantage. | Watch video