Big attacks and spectacular sacrifices might get all the attention, but there are other ways to win a chess game.
GM Melikset Khachiyan explains the powerful positional method of restriction, which slowly saps the energy of both your opponent and his pieces.
Learn how to deny your opponent space, squares, and potential in this enlightening lesson. | 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
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili has analyzed a lot of member games, but this is one of the most instructive lessons he’s ever given.
Can both players violate the same chess rule over and over in a single game? You won’t believe what you’re seeing, but it’s true.
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IM Keaton Kiewra returns with a very important lesson topic: patience.
Many chess players want to launch a quick attack, but true strength relies on timing and patience.
Learn how to slowly improve your position with two of IM Kiewra’s own instructive games. | Watch video
Endgame school is back in session with GM Alex Yermolinsky, who reviews another instructive ending from the Moscow Open.
If you’ve ever wondered how to play an opposite-colored bishop endgame, this video is for you.
Learn how to play these “drawish” endgames from an absolute master instructor.
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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