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
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
Do you know how to create a theoretical chess novelty?
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili explains the way to do it while reviewing one of his games from more than 40 years ago!
Learn what GM Dzindzi was thinking during one of the most memorable games of his career. | Watch video
How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | 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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If you're not trying to get better, GM Dzindzichashvili says he doesn't want you to bother watching this video! You'll see mistakes that even 1800s commonly make - namely wasted moves. These "neutral" moves aren't true prophylactic moves, as there is no danger to be prevented. Waste not want not! If you making active moves, good things will happen and won't raise the ire of our acerbic author. | Watch video
How often is the position relatively stable, yet the winning move is h3!? Watch and see what GM Harikrishna forsaw well in advance - that his brilliant avalanche against GM Nakamura's king would only work if he first prevented a counterattack. The pawn structure is reminiscent of the famous game Karpov-Gligoric, Leningrad 1973. Suffice to say, Karpov won it much differently than Hariskrishna! | Watch video
Playing the same opponent in the same line countless times can either be tedious or revelatory. For GM Khachiyan, he jumped at the chance to go down a well-trodden path with fellow Californian GM Sevillano. Our author shows the main themes of the Winawer's imbalanced pawn structure, as well as some precise clearance tactics and practical rook endgame play. Who said SoCal is just a play for sunning on the beach? | Watch video
Put away your calculators today - GM Kaidanov has no use for them. Adding up the points of each army will only distort the truth and obscure the magnificence of this queen sacrifice by GM Boris Gulko. It almost seems as if it is a race to give away pieces as both sides struggle for activity over material. The final tactical sequence is worthy of high praise, and ironically White's "extra" queen only gets in his way. Watch and see the improbable finish for yourself. | Watch video