Bobby Fischer was a confident player, there is no disputing that.
Last time, we saw how his confidence could be his greatest weakness, as he pressed too hard in a drawish endgame and gave up his bishop in the 1972 world championship match with Spassky.
Today, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how Fischer — undaunted — boldly challenged Spassky in the Russian’s best opening during the same match, with spectacular results.
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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
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili was feeling the pressure in the 1990 U.S. Championship, when he had to score a win as White against the strong GM Boris Gulko.
What was GM Dzindzichashvili thinking when he selected an opening that might appear less than ambitious?
Find out the secrets to one of the most instructive games of his career! | Watch video
Can you play brilliant positional chess in a blitz game?
Magnus Carlsen can, of course.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you the positional genius of Carlsen, who successfully defended his world championship against Vishy Anand earlier this week.
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IM Daniel Rensch concludes his “comeback tour” with an instructive last-round game in the Mind Games tournament on Chess.com.
IM Rensch shows you how to take apart the Accelerated Dragon with a traditional Yugoslav Attack as he tries to finish the tournament on a perfect score.
You’ll learn Danny’s advice on when to liquidate a position for a winning ending, and when to keep the tension on the board. | Watch video
It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
How does Magnus Carlsen plan against Hikaru Nakamura?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn gives you an in-depth look at Carlsen’s preparation for this world-class battle against America’s top player.
Watch how Carlsen develops a powerful center and a devastating attack in one of the most popular openings, the Italian Game. | Watch video
Have you ever seen a beautiful king hunt in chess and wondered how the attacking player reached such a fun and powerful position?
IM Keaton Kiewra gives you his advice on how to build an attack, even if you’re not a natural attacking player.
IM Kiewra tells you which openings you should choose for an attack, and where to put your pieces before you strike. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent has all the advantages in a game?
Try to create as much confusion as possible!
FM Mike Klein explains how to stir up complications when you have little left to lose, the key to making a comeback. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina demonstrates the three best queen sacrifices by the greatest sacrificer of all time: Mikhail Tal.
Unlike many super-GM games today that are steeped in theory, Tal’s romantic games were ripe with the possibility for spectacular sacrifices.
FM Melekhina shows how Tal would often sacrifice without a specific variation set in stone, but instead for a general sense of superior piece play and possibilities. | Watch video