Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video
You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video
The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
The Sicilian Grand Prix is always good for some crazy pawn action, and GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you the very best way to attack with one of the most powerful pawn chains in the game.
Learn the optimal plans for both sides in this exciting opening, which can often turn into a race on opposing flanks.
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How did one of the greatest chess players ever handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the three best players of all time, so whenever you have a chance to learn an opening approach from him, pay attention!
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews a unique game in this structure from nearly 30 years ago, and Kasparov’s ideas remain relevant to this day. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video
When is a defense actually an attack?
When it’s an aggressive Stonewall Defense!
Beautiful attacking pawn chains are not just for White; Black can quickly setup a deadly chain in this opening.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you everything you need to know about getting your pawns rolling in the Stonewall Defense — which should be called the Stonewall Attack! | Watch video
Are you looking for a plan as White in the Carlsbad pawn structure?
Look no further than the work of Mikhail Botvinnik, one of the greatest chess theoreticians of all time.
GM Dejan Bojkov reviews Botvinnik’s plan in this structure, and shows you an instructive game against Botvinnik’s main rival, Paul Keres, who was himself an inventive super-grandmaster. | Watch video
One of the most exciting and dangerous formations in chess is an attacking pawn chain.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates how to accomplish this menacing setup in a very common opening, the Torre Attack!
Even if you’re an e4 player, you can often achieve this exact pawn chain in your openings, as well. | Watch video
How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago.
Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space.
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