With so many lines available, what does GM Dzindzichashvili recommend as the "guideline" you should use when choosing a variation against the Sämisch? Whichever is easiest for you of course!
Roman reviews the theory behind the 6...c6 variation of the Sämisch, highlighting Black's positional ideas and solid approach towards undermining White's center.
Look for more soon on Roman's approach to the King's Indian Defense! | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu shows you a brilliant Emanuel Lasker game from nearly 120 years ago to illustrate the power of making constant threats with your moves.
Lasker uncorks one of the first uses of the Berlin Defense in top-level play to quickly gain an advantage in this instructive game.
FM Liu shows you how Lasker pressed his edge and improved his position with every move. | 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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Wow! Roman is not short on superlatives for this one! First he shows you several positions where the discussion is whether a bishop is good or bad, then you get to see both sides' misunderstanding of this concept. But our author saves his highest opprobrium for a simple pawn move. "This is the worst move I've seen in months." One side clearly wasn't thinking about squares gained and taken away - it turns out to be the pivotal mistake. Enjoy the lesson! | Watch video
So you have a better position, huh? When is the right time to trade in positional advantages for material ones? Today you'll see a top American GM face that same question many times. There's a right way and a wrong way to be up a pawn, and patience is truly a virtue in this one. Keeping Black in a vice proves to be more powerful than cutting off one of his fingers! Watch and learn how to prevent counterplay and convert your advantage to the full point. | Watch video
GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video
The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video
What happens when the Albin Counter Gambit meets up with GM Finegold's opening repertoire? A Chigorin cousin with queenside knights is born! Finegold speculates that the opening is far better than its reputation, and sets out to prove it by showing three games in less than 15 minutes! If offbeat but playable openings are your thing, this land-speed record will set you off on the right foot. Why not enter choose an opening you'll know more about than your opponent? | Watch video
Sure, the Closed Spanish, Open Spanish and Berlin have all been popular at times in the last 30 years, but don't forget about another solid variation against the Lopez: the Steinitz Defense. Players looking for a solid structure with a minimal space disadvantage might just catch their opponents by surprise with 3...d6. Today GM Dzindzichashvili focuses on 4. d4 and both possible recaptures. If it is good enough for a preeminent theoretician, it it surely good enough for you! | Watch video