IM Daniel Rensch continues to work his way up on the Chess.com tactics trainer, solving puzzles and rising from 1777 to 1948.
Think out loud along with IM Rensch as you find the weakness in the enemy position and exploit it.
Remember to have an awareness of the entire board so you don’t miss something important. | 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
When is it theoretically correct to sacrifice your queen early in the game?
FM Mike Klein shows you six opening lines that allow — and sometimes require— you to give away your queen for a greater goal.
Learn how to win even without a queen with superior minor pieces in this entertaining video,
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IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch battles some tough puzzles in this latest tactics trainer live session.
Listen to IM Rensch think out loud as he untangles the most difficult positions on the Chess.com tactics trainer.
Try to defeat the automated tactics beast yourself by clicking the TACTICS TRAINER link in the sidebar. | Watch video
Can you name the five types of forks that are the keys to winning chess tactics?
IM Daniel Rensch shows you the five fork patterns you need to know before you play your next chess game.
You’ll learn how each fork works and the types of positions where you need to look for them.
Don’t forget to take IM Rensch’s timed challenges in the video based on your own skill level. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu continues his analysis of an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game on the art of keeping the initiative.
The game starts with an amazing string of moves by Nimzowitsch that improves his position while keeping his opponent occupied and reacting to threats.
Watch how Nimzowitsch magically turns a dormant rook into a monster in two moves, then optimizes his other pieces. If you’ve ever seen a good knight vs. a bad bishop, you will recognize the power of Nimzo's ultimate plan. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you three more important and entertaining zugzwang endgames: one from a student, one from his own game, and the most famous zugzwang game ever, a masterpiece between Sämisch and Nimzowitsch in 1923.
Learn key zugzwang concepts from the first two positions, and then sit back and enjoy what has been called the immortal zugzwang game between the two super grandmasters. | Watch video
Double rook sacrifices lead to double diagonal mates! We bet you've never thought of that! When you offer both rooks, it makes sense to attack on the diagonals, and today FM Todd Andrews shows you two prime examples of this exciting trick. The rooks are wounded before they even get in the battle, but the chase leads to one side getting his queen completely offside. Even a World Champion falls prey to this scheme! | Watch video