Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | 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 do you beat weaker players in the endgame?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how with his own game against a lower-rated international master.
Learn how a powerfully placed knight can dominate a bishop in a pawn endgame, even with pawns on both sides of the board. | Watch video
Join IM Keaton Kiewra for an exhilarating blitz session with live commentary against four strong opponents, including two FMs, in 3-minute games on Chess.com.
Will Keaton be able to notch four wins in this blitz battle, or will his opponents score some upsets?
What does an international master think about when he’s in a time scramble? Find out in this incredible video.
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Wow! Roman is not short on superlatives for this one! First he shows you several positions where the discussion is whether a bishop is good or bad, then you get to see both sides' misunderstanding of this concept. But our author saves his highest opprobrium for a simple pawn move. "This is the worst move I've seen in months." One side clearly wasn't thinking about squares gained and taken away - it turns out to be the pivotal mistake. Enjoy the lesson! | Watch video
Should you analyze the games of lower-rated players? GM Dzindzi does, and he used to compete against world champions! Even our lecturer benefitted form today's game. The lesson? Speed kills, or rather, lack thereof. Black hesitates too much in this opposite-side castling position, and White actuates open files first. There's no tardy slip for the second player - only a loss, and hopefully, a lesson. | Watch video
White has a plethora of formations against the Scheveningen, so IM Ginsburg first tackles the lesser-quality options 6. Bg5 and 6. f4. He doesn't hold these moves in high esteem. Against the former, Black chucks some pawns down the queenside and gets the open files first. Against the latter, a timely ...e5 gives Black good play in the center. He'll get to 6. Be2 and 6. g4 next, but for today, let's knock out the sidelines! | Watch video
GM Bojkov's talented student is back. Today you'll see one of the games that helped Dom gain nearly 500 rating points. Black gets two pieces for the rook, and all of the fun. White's major pieces shuffle around listlessly as Coach Bojkov shows Dom constantly improving the worst-place piece. Sometimes that is even the king! Watch and see the torturous straightjacket that White is forced to wear. | Watch video
The Playoffs are here, the Playoffs are here! The opening round of the 2013 USCL Playoffs saw intra-divisional matches, with the four top teams enjoying draw odds in case of a 2-2 tie. How many of those teams need their draw odds to advance, and how many underdogs overcome the tiebreak advantage? Watch and see from FM Kostya Kavutskiy. He will also show you great endgame technique from a seasoned GM, and a newly-minted GM. | Watch video
GM Yermo gives a clinic on the h3 variation of the King's Indian Defense, taking us from a half-century ago into modern developments. In week 4 of the USCL, FM Tom Bartell faced the line, but new enough theory to get a promising position that any KID player would relish. He didn't play perfectly, but he used his active pieces to form a mating net in the endgame, beating a GM and winning top honors for the week. | Watch video