The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video
Having a good chess idea is not enough — you must also execute it well.
In his latest member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates that even with a sound strategy, achieving it is not a given when you do not find the right moves.
Learn what the two Chess.com members could have done better in this exciting game. | Watch video
How on earth did this crazy opening gambit get such an unusual name?
And what exactly is the Monkey’s Bum Gambit?
All your questions will be answered by GM Simon Williams, who shows you the brilliant idea “behind” this wild opening.
Learn how to stir up an attacking initiative against the solid positional response 1…g6 to the king’s pawn opening. | Watch video
FM Kostya Kavutskiy previews his new book on the open Sicilian in this exclusive video for Chess.com.
If you’re looking for a complete repertoire against the Sicilian defense, FM Kavutskiy has you covered.
Enjoy a sneak preview of some exciting book content in the 2…e6 Sicilian system. | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov is back with another one of Garry Kasparov’s greatest combinations.
Watch how the all-time great dismantles the Swedish legend Ulf Andersson in a brilliant game from 1981.
Learn more about Kasparov’s secret piece-value system as GM Bojkov walks you through this devastating attack. | Watch video
Did you think FM Mike Klein was done with his amazing queen sacrifices? Think again.
This time, FM Klein has a video full of queen sacs a pirate would love, because they make the enemy king walk the plank to his own demise.
Don’t miss the spectacular attack by Tigran Petrosian. As the old saying goes: if Petrosian makes a sacrifice against you, there's no need to do anything: resign immediately.
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Do you want another spicy gambit option against 1…e5?
GM Simon Williams has you covered with the aggressive Danish Gambit.
Learn how to derail your opponent’s best-laid plans with this tricky opening, and how to get a pomising attacking position now matter how your opponent responds. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
To win in modern chess, you need to be well versed in both tactics and strategy.
As the number-two player in the world, Fabiano Caruana is obviously a master of both.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy reviews a Caruana game in the Ruy Lopez to teach you the basics of evaluating a position.
Learn what FM Kavutskiy wants you to look for any time you are thinking strategy. | Watch video