Like it or not. a great number of games are decided by forcing decisions.
If you’re going to play chess, you simply have to know how to handle these crucial moments.
GM Melikset Khachiyan gives you an important lesson on these moves, providing advice on exactly how to handle key forcing positions. | Watch video
Do you sometimes wonder why chess masters make certain moves?
This new series is for you. IM Keaton Kiewra analyzes an exciting game between two of the best players in the world, Wesley So and Anish Giri, and explains the reasoning behind every single move.
Don’t forget to join us on Sunday, May 10 for an online chess simul with Anish Giri to benefit the Nepal earthquake relief effort. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams concludes his comprehensive lesson on the aggressive hybrid Sicilian system known as the Dragodorf.
Learn what to do when White tries to counterpunch with the move a4, and how you can maintain your attacking initiative in this opening.
Find out where GM Williams studies chess the most — is it in a pub or in his office? | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov continues his Queen’s Gambit primer with one of the most important variations: the Classical.
This historic opening was famously battle-tested in the Alekhine-Capablanca world championship match, and it remains relevant today.
Learn how there is still a lot of play left in this old opening from a master teacher. | Watch video
Get excited, Chess.com members. GM Maurice Ashley is back with an astounding Millionaire Chess game for your enjoyment.
You’ll find some of the positions in this game hard to believe, so GM Ashley explains them thoroughly.
Watch and learn from this spectacular tactical battle from last year’s richest chess tournament. | Watch video
Do you want an opening to use especially for blitz games?
GM Maxim Dlugy, one of the best blitz players in the world, shows you how to use the Vienna Game to quickly get a good and playable position.
Learn how to throw your opponent off his game when time is ticking down fast! | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov returns with another world-class lesson on the Queen’s Gambit.
You won’t believe how thoroughly GM Kaidanov teaches you The Cambridge Springs Defense, an opening that Kaidanov considers to be very popular with amateur players.
Learn the ins and outs of this solid opening, and you’ll be ready to unleash the Cambridge Springs Defense in your own games. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan walks you through the key idea of the positional sacrifice in one of his own instructive games.
You’d better get ready to take notes, because this video is full of Melik’s positional advice.
Learn everything you need to know about both sides of the positional sacrifice in this lesson.
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GM Simon Williams is back with more crucial information on the Dragodorf, a relatively unknown hybrid between the Dragon and the Najdorf.
Use this new opening idea to surprise your opponents and attack them mercilessly.
Learn how GM Williams shocked one of the best players in the world with this novel set-up. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein catalogues the best tactics from the brilliant late grandmaster, Vugar Gashimov.
You won’t believe how quickly GM Gashimov was able to shatter the defenses of some of the strongest players in the world.
Enjoy these wild tactics after the tournament in Gashimov’s honor ended yesterday in Shamkir. | Watch video