What do you do when your opponent insists on going slow?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you an entertaining game from the “San Diego Surfers” chess league match where White eschewed sharper lines to enter into a non-theoretical Stonewall system.
So how do you beat these plans? Create complications and you will throw your slow opponent’s schemes awry — and hopefully he will panic.
Stick around for Keaton’s advice on what to do when you want to play slow yourself. | Watch video
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL.
Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her extensive primer on how to use the English Attack against the extremely popular Najdorf Sicilian by Black.
Learn how the crushing move in games resulting from this opening might not be spectacular but instead subtly powerful, winning the game for you on the spot before your opponent even realizes what happened. | Watch video
Is there anything more exciting in chess than a runaway passed pawn in a rapid game?
IM Keaton Kiewra likens San Francisco’s rocket boat experience to playing a rapid chess game — except the chess game might be more intense.
Learn how IM Kierwa was able to overcome an awkward position to race his pawns to pay dirt. | Watch video
Your opponent just played the open Sicilian — now you have to decide how to attack it.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan recommends the powerful English Attack against the Najdorf, and you won’t believe how in-depth her lesson on this opening gets.
In the introduction, learn the options and move orders you need to know for your Sicilian repertoire. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his lesson on applying pressure in chess with another instructive review of one of his recent tournament games.
Learn how to put the squeeze even harder to your opponent in this video lesson, and find out how Melik did against one of his own students, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
If you play the Najdorf Sicilian, you won’t want to miss this positional game. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu takes a cue from IM Daniel Rensch in starting a new video series on three things in chess you should always consider.
In this lesson, FM Liu examines a classic game between two of the best players ever, Botvinnik and Capablanca.
FM Liu calls this game a watershed moment for new thinking in chess. Find out why in this fun video. | Watch video
GM Shankland concludes his educational series on his own recent World Cup run with a must-win game against newly minted Millionaire Chess winner Hikaru Nakamura.
Was Shankland able to get the best of Hikaru in Baku? Watch to find out. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with now-world-number-two Hikaru Nakamura in this video lesson pulled from the rapid tiebreak match at the recent FIDE World Cup in Baku.
Was GM Shankland able to pull off the upset? Or did Nakamura show off his super-GM skills? Check out game one here. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland had an eventful run in the recent FIDE World Cup knockout tournament, taking on strong opponents one-by-one in a high-stakes, high-stress format.
In this video, GM Shankland faces as intimidating an opponent as you can get: Hikaru Nakamura. Learn how Shankland handled this game against inarguably one of the strongest players in the world. | Watch video