Is sending your queen on a kamikaze mission a good idea?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili doesn’t think so.
In this member-game analysis, GM Dzindzichashvili explains that when your opponent has a bad plan, you shouldn’t try to defend against it.
In a game full of comical errors, the second-to-last player to make a mistake usually wins, and it’s true in this game. | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his examination of the Ruy Lopez with another masterpiece by Boleslavsky.
Learn the various options available in the main line Ruy Lopez, the most deeply analyzed of all the king pawn openings.
How did Boleslavsky smash open Black’s defenses after a “careless” opening from his opponent?
GM Bojkov demonstrates the winning technique you need to know if you play e4!
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GM Melikset Khachiyan analyzes an important game between two super-GMs -- Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich -- to reveal some new opening theory you need to add to your repertoire.
Do you know the “Quiet Variation” of the Slav Defense? Melik has succinct advice for you about the key ideas in this modern opening.
As Melik says, when you attack, always attack big — but first learn how to generate an attack from this opening. | 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
Do you want to see one of the worst games FM Mike Klein has ever played?
FM Klein shows you some bad chess — but hopes you learn from it — in this lesson on how to make a comeback with tricky traps.
Making a comeback after falling behind is one of the most important practical skills to have in chess, so be sure to watch closely as FM Klein gives you two instructive example games. | 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
Chess players of all levels have heard it over and over: practice tactics to get better.
While this is certainly true, longterm strategy is another important part of becoming a strong player.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you three concrete ways you can quickly improve your strategic game in part one of his new series. | Watch video
What can a game between the best players in America teach you about the middlegame?
FM Todd Andrews continues his middlegame series by looking at a game between Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura.
FM Andrews explains how this world-class game can teach you the guidelines to play efficient and strategic middlegames. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues his adventure in the Mind Games tournament on Chess.com with a nice win as Black in the third round.
Watch how IM Rensch handles the English opening with a flexible response that yields an open position with many possibilities.
Learn how an international master approaches a game against a 1600-level player as IM Rensch explains every move he makes. | Watch video
How does Magnus Carlsen plan against Hikaru Nakamura?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn gives you an in-depth look at Carlsen’s preparation for this world-class battle against America’s top player.
Watch how Carlsen develops a powerful center and a devastating attack in one of the most popular openings, the Italian Game. | Watch video