Sometimes chess relies on rote study: the rules, normal openings, and some common endgames.
But most of the time, winning at chess requires imagination — and lots of it.
So how do you stay creative at chess?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how one of his master students came up with inspirational ideas to win a long and hard-fought game.
Learn how to have a flexible mind when evaluating positions and you just might win more of them. | Watch video
Did you think FM Mike Klein was done with his amazing queen sacrifices? Think again.
This time, FM Klein has a video full of queen sacs a pirate would love, because they make the enemy king walk the plank to his own demise.
Don’t miss the spectacular attack by Tigran Petrosian. As the old saying goes: if Petrosian makes a sacrifice against you, there's no need to do anything: resign immediately.
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Do you want another spicy gambit option against 1…e5?
GM Simon Williams has you covered with the aggressive Danish Gambit.
Learn how to derail your opponent’s best-laid plans with this tricky opening, and how to get a pomising attacking position now matter how your opponent responds. | Watch video
How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
You don’t want to miss the most beautiful combinations by one of the greatest players ever, do you?
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a Garry Kasparov masterpiece from 1980 that you’ll hardly believe.
What happens when a good attacking player takes on Kasparov, who is usually considered the greatest attacker of all time? Chess fireworks.
Learn how Kasparov methodically split his opponent’s position in half before moving in for the kill. | Watch video
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the finest chess tacticians of all time, and for good reason.
GM Dejan Bojkov begins a new series on Kasparov’s greatest combinations, and you won’t want to miss these brilliant games.
Learn how a young Kasparov cracked his opponent’s home preparation with a fantastic over-the-board attacking idea, topped off by a sparkling sacrificial combination. | Watch video
You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video
Learn what IM Daniel Rensch is thinking as he plays round two in the Mind Games prize tournament on Chess.com.
IM Rensch uses an uncommon opening to quickly develop and create well-placed pieces against his 1800-level opponent.
Follow along as the game progresses to a spectacular attacking ending.
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Ever get that sinking feeling in your stomach when your opponent sacrifices a piece?
Imagine what Tal’s opponents must have felt when the mad genius unexpectedly threw a piece at them for positional reasons.
FM Alisa Melekhina concludes her Tal video series with a look at his most devastating positional sacrifices. | Watch video
Do the world’s best players ever lose in about 20 moves? When they played against Tal, they did.
FM Alisa Melekhina shows you four quick and brilliant games by the great attacking master.
Watch how Tal conjures decisive combinations seemingly out of thin air in these four amazing games.
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