When should you get rid of your prized fianchettoed bishop? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer discusses this important question in reviewing a recent game against the super-GM Alexander Grischuk.
Find out how messing up your opponent’s pawn structure might be worth your bishop for his knight in this relevant lesson. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
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
IM Keaton Kiewra brings you an exciting game from the tournament in honor of the great Anatoly Karpov.
Watch as Sutovsky uses some of his own “fire on board” to beat the legendary Alexey Shirov in a game where both sides launched all-out attacks.
IM Kiewra explains the chess fireworks as he reviews this must-see game. | 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 is back with the third and final part of his video series on the immortal classic, Botvinnik vs. Capablanca AVRO 1938. In this thrilling finale, witness Botvinnik's much lauded sacrifice to overcame fierce resistance from Capablanca. Elliot explains the ins and outs of these complex calculations and shows you how even in the most complex positions, Danny Rensch's "Three Things You Should Always Consider" can help you find the right moves. | Watch video
Simon Williams continues his series on the very fun and important topic of how to attack in chess.
Drawing upon one of his own games for inspiration, GM Williams runs you through his entire thought process on how to conceive and execute an attack.
GM Williams’ philosophy is that an attack begins from the opening itself, so being aggressive and developing quickly are important. | Watch video
How do you squeeze your opponent like a snake? GM Melik Khachiyan shows you the way in this important lesson.
Watch GM Melik do his best Petrosian impression in one of his recent tournament games, and learn how to use positional advantages as a deadly weapon in your own games. | Watch video