Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein is back with seven more spectacular queen sacrifices for you to enjoy.
You won’t believe the creative ways the queens were jettisoned to win these brilliant attacking games — but FM Klein explains each important variation.
From Paul Morphy to modern attacking madmen, these guys just can’t stop sacrificing their queens. Gear up for some nonstop chess fireworks in this entertaining video. | Watch video
How important is it to pay attention?
In chess, it’s everything.
In this member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates the perils that accompany a lack of concentration, no matter what the level of playing strength.
Stick around till the end to hear GM Dzindzichashvili’s advice for all players, from beginners to world champions. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
What’s the secret opening that impressed a young Magnus Carlsen?
GM Simon Williams unveils the Hillbilly Attack, a crazy and aggressive gambit your opponent has probably never seen in his life.
Learn the key ideas of this rootin’-tootin’ opening to blast your opponent off the board! | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
What were the best games and most beautiful tactics of 2014?
FM Mike Klein takes you through the most exciting and amazing positions of the year in this fun and easy-to-digest video.
Kick off the new year with a look back at the best chess from the last 12 months — and find out where FM Klein is licensed to be captain of a boat!
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What is an international master thinking when he plays blitz?
IM Keaton Kiewra gives you a glimpse inside his mind as he plays a live session of high-level blitz on Chess.com
Learn what the most important chess ideas are to consider when time is a precious and limited resource.
Make sure you stick around for IM Kiewra’s advice on when an opposite-colored bishop ending is winning. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch battles some tough puzzles in this latest tactics trainer live session.
Listen to IM Rensch think out loud as he untangles the most difficult positions on the Chess.com tactics trainer.
Try to defeat the automated tactics beast yourself by clicking the TACTICS TRAINER link in the sidebar. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Our favorite crazy-old-uncle-Yermo continues his experiences in Reno showing that indeed he still knows how the pieces move. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on November 10. | Watch video