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
GM Maurice Ashley is back to analyze another exciting game from the world’s richest chess tournament, Millionaire Chess.
Two of the fiercest grandmasters in the world battle it out with tons of money on the line.
Watch and enjoy as GM Ashley gives you the play-by-play for this heavyweight bout. | 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
Isn’t it amazing that if we don’t see a crucial tactical idea on one move, we can miss it for several consecutive moves?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili brings us a member-game analysis from two very strong players who nonetheless make myriad blunders and oversights in the game.
Learn how to logically follow a plan instead of making pointless moves from this lesson. | Watch video
GM Maurice Ashley reviews the best games from the richest chess tournament ever, 2014’s Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas.
Watch one of the most exciting games from round one with full commentary and analysis by GM Ashley.
Learn how the solid GM Dreev handles a sharp Slav line in the Queen’s Gambit Accepted — which gets especially crazy after his young opponent tries to sac a pawn. | 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
How did one of the greatest players of all time push his pawns?
Find out how the future world champion Garry Kasparov used his mobile pawns to attack in this instructive lesson by GM Eugene Perelshteyn.
Watch the young Kasparov practically blast his opponent off the board with his powerful marching central pawns. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein concludes his exceptional queen sacrifice series with a look at the best queen sacs of the millennium.
You won’t want to miss these modern brilliancies, especially with the best checkmate of the entire series coming up in the video.
After you watch, be sure to mention your own favorite queen sacs in the comment section. | Watch video
Appreciating pawns in chess may be an old idea, but it’s still relevant in modern chess.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn analyzes a fairly recent game between two strong grandmasters where a strong pawn center is worth more than an entire piece.
Learn how to use pawn power to destroy your opponent’s defenses, even when you have to give up some material to crack open the position. | Watch video