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
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
FM Elliot Liu analyzes an instructive Aron Nimzowitsch game where nearly every move contains a potent threat.
Nimzowitsch’s positional understanding was decades ahead of his time, and he makes use of that knowledge to quickly gain a winning position against his hapless opponent.
In this video, part one of the series, FM Liu shows you how to keep up constant threats to gain a positional advantage. | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani shows you how to limit your opponent’s best ideas in her debut video for Chess.com.
You will learn two ways to stop your opponent’s plans before they happen:
1. Prevent your opponent’s best moves using tactics and control of key squares.
2. Allow your opponent to complete his idea, but only when it is to your advantage.
Finally, IM Goletiani shows you when to transition between stopping your opponent’s ideas and starting your own decisive attack.
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Two commentators for one recorded video - a Chess.com first? FM Alisa Melekhina is joined by friend WGM Sabina Foisor as they break down an obscure gambit in the French advance. Melekhina shows a classic win, then shows how she could have kept the initiative in two games at the U.S. Championship. Her results may not show it, but the gambit has teeth. What do you think of dialogue of two presenters? Let us know in the comments! | Watch video
How do you assimilate the ideas from the best games in history? Listen to FM Todd Andrews as he describes the techniques he used while growing up. They might be labor intensive, but nobody said getting to master would be easy. He uses one of Fischer's most famous games as his guinea pig. The game has a famous back story - when Fischer played his final move, two grandmasters in the next room told spectators that his opponent had won! | Watch video
GM Finegold retires from tournament chess? Well, probably not, but he wonders if he should since he's giving away all of his opening secrets. Today he reveals his preferred setup against the Benko Gambit. He crams three miniatures into the 16-minute video. Word-for-word he's the most instructive author we've got! Take a look and see how he fords the Volga and how you too can get a pleasant game and intact pawn structure. | Watch video
Which side of the board should you play on? You have to read the tea leaves, or in this case, the pawn structure. GM Khachiyan shows a surprising middlegame king walk that allows Black the full power of his rooks in the attack. Black does well to blockade the side of the board he is worse on, and from there it's all over but the crying, or rather the resigning. Know where you are stronger, and you'll attack with the best also! | Watch video
GM Bojkov is back! Today he begins a well-researched series on a pawn structure that will surely occur in your games sooner or later. Make sure you're good with the Carlsbad. In today's part 1, he focuses on the infamous minority attack. How can two pawns defeat three? With the help of an open c-file, that's how. Bojkov shows all the permutations of the attack on the c6-pawn, including a World Champion preemptively attacking the pawn even before it gets there! | Watch video
Was it a close call, or was it just another day at the office for Magnus? GM Yermolinsky examines how he handles a worse middlegame against GM Anish Giri. You'll learn a little bit of everything - Grunfeld ideas, King's Indian basics, pawn structure exceptions, and most importantly, how to act with conviction rather than defend passively. The World Champ sees White underdeveloped and knows just when to offer a pawn and seize play. Could any other GM avoid the loss? Yermolinsky doesn't think so. | Watch video