GM Simon Williams recommends a strange and aggressive response to 1. d4 — The English Defense.
In this important lesson, GM Williams examines what he considers is White’s most important reply to this unorthodox opening.
If you’re going to give the English Defense a try, this might be the most important video for you to watch. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Yermo speculats on the return to Kasparov to competetive chess before moving on to the Russian team championship. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on May 4. | Watch video
If you’re going to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined, you’ll need to know several move orders in case your opponent chooses something you weren’t first expecting.
What can Black play against different White move orders? GM Gregory Kaidanov gives you a comprehensive lesson on this important opening topic.
Watch this video to round out your queen’s pawn opening repertoire. | Watch video
In his previous video, GM Gregory Kaidanov taught you everything you need to know about the Carlsbad variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined.
But what if you’re not a Carlsbad fan? What if you find your QGD games steered away from that move order?
GM Kaidanov has you covered with a comprehensive lesson on avoiding the Carlsbad, including a relevant game between two of the greatest world champions of all time. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Yermo explores the life and games of contemporary champions Kasparov and Kramnik as he draws near to the end of his World Champions Tour. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on February 23. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. Today we get the “Big One” in Yermo's Worldchampion tour: none other than Fischer and Karpov! Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on February 16. | Watch video
To win in modern chess, you need to be well versed in both tactics and strategy.
As the number-two player in the world, Fabiano Caruana is obviously a master of both.
FM Kostya Kavutskiy reviews a Caruana game in the Ruy Lopez to teach you the basics of evaluating a position.
Learn what FM Kavutskiy wants you to look for any time you are thinking strategy. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky cashed in the recently completed North American Open after 10 months without playing any serious chess.
Learn how he did it in this new series as GM Yermo reviews selected games move-by-move.
Against the talented young FM Vignesh Panchanatham, GM Yermolinsky used the solid Queen’s Indian Defense to gain a winning position. | Watch video
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. He continues his discussion of the great World Championship matches; this time between Petrosian and Spassky. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on February 2. | Watch video
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