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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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
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