Are you ready for a wild game where both sides sacrifice material for better piece activity?
Doesn’t sound like a boring grandmaster draw, does it?
GM Ben Finegold agrees, and he explains why this Vitiugov-MVL drawn game is more exciting than most wins.
Watch how both grandmasters sacrifice exchanges for specific goals, and listen to GM Finegold’s advice on how to be patient after making a material sacrifice. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu analyzes an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game where nearly every move contains a potent threat.
Nimzowitsch’s positional understanding was decades ahead of his time, and he makes use of that knowledge to quickly gain a winning position against his hapless opponent.
In this video, part one of the series, FM Liu shows you how to keep up constant threats to gain a positional advantage. | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani shows you how to limit your opponent’s best ideas in her debut video for Chess.com.
You will learn two ways to stop your opponent’s plans before they happen:
1. Prevent your opponent’s best moves using tactics and control of key squares.
2. Allow your opponent to complete his idea, but only when it is to your advantage.
Finally, IM Goletiani shows you when to transition between stopping your opponent’s ideas and starting your own decisive attack.
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GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video
What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold speculates that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three games in less than 15 minutes! If offbeat but playable openings are your thing, this land-speed record will set you off on the right foot. Why not enter choose an opening you'll know more about than your opponent? | Watch video
Sure, the Closed Spanish, Open Spanish and Berlin have all been popular at times in the last 30 years, but don't forget about another solid variation against the Lopez: the Steinitz Defense. Players looking for a solid structure with a minimal space disadvantage might just catch their opponents by surprise with 3...d6. Today GM Dzindzichashvili focuses on 4. d4 and both possible recaptures. If it is good enough for a preeminent theoretician, it it surely good enough for you! | Watch video
What happens when a member takes Dzindzi's exact advice in the opening? Watch and see the student imitate the teacher by using an optimistic system versus the French. He's clearly done his homework, but the question is, how will he perform once the theoretical phase ends? As you might guess, not every move is grandmaster level, so watch and see what Roman would have done differently. Let us know in the comments if you've ever had success with this or other Roman systems! | Watch video
What happens in the Chigorin, stays in the Chigorin. Except today, when GM Finegold spills the beans on the cxd5 variation. Black attacks the center with pieces, not pawns, and to great effect. Watch a trio of games in which our offbeat-opening connoisseur wrests the initiative away from the first player. If Ivanchuk can play it against Kasparov, then surely it will work at your chess club or on Chess.com! | Watch video
GM Dzindzichashvili concludes his Trompowsky Trio with an edition focused on 3. Bh4. He doesn't hide his disdain for the variation but he does caution you about many traps that could befall the unwary player. Black often has open g- and c-files, while White opens his d- and f-files. That's a strange imbalance, but it rewards the more prepared player. Watch and see how Black can attempt to punish White, but take note of the plentiful ways the second player can get mated right out of the opening! | Watch video
GM Simon Williams, one of the most frequent practitioners of the Dutch Defense, shows why it isn't the opening's fault that he is 0-3 against GM Alexei Shirov. Today the plan of ...Ne4 and the importance of ...e5 are spotlighted. You'll learn some of the attacking themes to use and pawn structures to avoid. After the opening lesson, you also get to see Shirov be Shirov with a textbook exchange sac. What is it with Latvians and their devastating attacks? Watch the Baltic Blitz! | Watch video