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
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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GM Alex Yermolinsky focuses on Boris Gelfand's strong early performance at the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes two of Gelfand's games from the Grand Prix, including a gargantuan tilt with Fabiano Caruana. | Watch video
Ben's loss is our gain! Since he didn't play in the U.S. Championship this year, he had two weeks to commentate on the games and see the best and worst moments. Today he compiles all of his favorite positions into one video. Besides a few spirited attacks, you'll also be treated to one of the most tricky knight vs. bishop endgames we've ever shown. The winning technique is far from obvious, but GM Josh Friedel found it. Can you? | Watch video
GM Dzindzi starts with a discussion of a trap that nearly everyone falls into! Although it wasn't mentioned, regular Chess.com video author GM Sam Shankland also had it happen to him earlier in 2014. Then we get down to business with an elaborate discussion of how to face the Trompowsky. Our author advocates the 2...Ne4 and 3...c5 system, with the queen venturing all over the queenside. Watch and learn how GMs analyze! | Watch video
The Ginger GM, Simon Williams, shows off how precious timing can be in an opposite side castling position. Material might as well be forgotten, as it is all about who wins the race. He gets the best of his opponent, but not before Black misses an amazing resource that would have turned the tables. We just featured a video on stunning bishop moves - why not focus on a sublime knight move for a change? If you find it, you must be stronger than both of these GMs! | Watch video
A well-compiled collection of five ridiculous bishop moves are on display from FM Klein today! And we bet there's almost no one in the world who has seen all five. In fact, we'd be surprised if you've seen any (if you have, let us know in the comments!). Even though you've already been told which piece is the hero, see how many of the quintet you can spot before our author blows your mind! | 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
Not many players skip over the IM title on their way to GM, but a young Armenian kid is attempting to do just that. After opening with the London System, he shows fantastic positional understanding by offering an exchange to weaken Black's dark squares. Let's see...who else plays the London and is a positional wizard? Starts with "K" ends with "amsky". Watch the two bishops carve up the enemy and you'll see why GM Khachiyan is so high on this youngster! | Watch video