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
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
GM Alex Yermolinsky concludes his series on his excellent result in the Las Vegas North American Open.
Round seven was a crucial game, and GM Yermo faced a strong Chinese grandmaster.
After opting for an English Symmetrical with Black, GM Yermo must handle his opponent’s decision to immediately steer the game into dangerous tactical waters.
Learn how to make a weakness in your opponent’s position by staying active at all costs! | 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
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