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
We know by now what White's minority attack looks like in the Carlsbad pawn formation, but let's have some fun with Black today. GM Bojkov shows a variety of games and positions where Black invades the light squares around White's king, long before the queenside crumbles. You'll get a chance to put all four attacking units en prise at various stages! Dismantling White's castle sometimes takes creativity, and today you'll need it! | Watch video
What is this, the 13th Century? England invades Scotland again as GM Williams assaults the top player in Scottish history, GM Rowson. The setting wasn't the Dunbar Castle, but rather an Open Sicilian where Black's king loitered in the middle of the battlefield for too long. The Ginger GM shows you what strategic advantages led to him choosing to attack, and how he conducted the raid. Fans of Braveheart may want to turn away - this battle is won by the English. | Watch video
So the Caro-Kann is super solid you say? I say not today! GM Finegold produces one of his favorite videos, with the Black king getting checkmated three times in the Advance Variation. You'll see some home cooking from one U.S. Champ against another, a brutally efficient mating attack from a top Chinese junior, and an extravagant king walk that ends in disaster. Three up, three down for the White pieces. Check please! | Watch video
How do you go from +1 to -25 in only one move? You play your nemesis! GM Finegold shows off three interesting blunders, the last of which he goes down in flames against GM Shabalov, who always seems to have Ben's number. But in the first two games, a younger Finegold finds two creative ways to extract a win from a lost position. In the first, he gives his opponent a queen and the move and still wins! In the second, he offers the lady again! Who needs queens when you're 2500? | Watch video