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
FM Elliot Liu concludes both the exciting Lasker game from part 3 and the video series as a whole with this thrilling finishing flurry of continual chess threats.
Learn how Lasker finished off the hapless Porges by maintaining constant pressure and creating new problems for his opponent with every move.
Can you find the piece sacrifice at the end that seals the deal? | 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
The English and the Americans, brought together by the Dutch?! That's the case today on Chess.com as GM Williams prepares with two poker players and flops the nuts versus a top GM. The scintillating attack features some great moments to improve your tactics and calculation. We won't be paying Williams to do any videos on defense any time soon. But he's brilliant in attack, and today he shows you why aggression should be your default setting. See what he turns over on the river to win the pot! | Watch video
Who needs knights and pawns? By only using his long-range pieces, former World Champion Mikhail Tal pops the top of his opponent's king. The openness of the position and the calculation of Tal is too much for Black to bear. See if you can spot all the sacrifices before they're made. GM Williams also thinks the resignation was too early but leaves it to you to figure out why. For most of us, resigning on move 1 is not too early against Tal! | Watch video
According to our PGN program, GM Mikhail Tal played his own variation in the Modern Defense! Which begs the question: What came first, the move or the man? Either way, the uncompromising "rock and roll" lifestyle also included fascinating attacks. Today his game is served with a side of Ginger. Not spicy enough for you? How about we add in some sacrifices on f7 and forced mates? Now we're cooking! | Watch video