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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Are you ready for a wild game where both sides sacrifice material for better piece activity?
Doesn’t sound like a boring grandmaster draw, does it?
GM Ben Finegold agrees, and he explains why this Vitiugov-MVL drawn game is more exciting than most wins.
Watch how both grandmasters sacrifice exchanges for specific goals, and listen to GM Finegold’s advice on how to be patient after making a material sacrifice. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein analyzes a relatively unknown endgame between international masters with a beautiful, study-like finish.
You might spot the first sacrifice, but it’s the second piece offering that really puts this game over the top.
FM Klein shows you the power of connected passed pawns, and how they can win even without any help from your pieces. | Watch video
Two commentators for one recorded video - a Chess.com first? FM Alisa Melekhina is joined by friend WGM Sabina Foisor as they break down an obscure gambit in the French advance. Melekhina shows a classic win, then shows how she could have kept the initiative in two games at the U.S. Championship. Her results may not show it, but the gambit has teeth. What do you think of dialogue of two presenters? Let us know in the comments! | Watch video
Double rook sacrifices lead to double diagonal mates! We bet you've never thought of that! When you offer both rooks, it makes sense to attack on the diagonals, and today FM Todd Andrews shows you two prime examples of this exciting trick. The rooks are wounded before they even get in the battle, but the chase leads to one side getting his queen completely offside. Even a World Champion falls prey to this scheme! | Watch video
"The Immortal Mushroom Game" is how GM Jon Speelman dubbed this superb attack. We're not sure if the Ginger GM cooks with mushrooms, but we do know he likes spice. Fittingly, he plays the Dutch while in Amsterdam, and crushes a top GM. Take notes on his tips for aggression, or just sit back with some popcorn and enjoy the main course. You should probably try to calculate why his variations work, unless you're too full to think straight. | Watch video
We know by now what White's minority attack looks like in the Carlsbad pawn formation, but let's have some fun with Black today. GM Bojkov shows a variety of games and positions where Black invades the light squares around White's king, long before the queenside crumbles. You'll get a chance to put all four attacking units en prise at various stages! Dismantling White's castle sometimes takes creativity, and today you'll need it! | Watch video
People that play the Philidor - don't you just want to wipe them off the board? Now you can! An early g4 is always a quick shock to Black's system, and today you'll see why. An open g-file, pressure on f7, and the second-player's king in peril - what's not to like? Shirov laid the groundwork, Finegold filled in the gaps, and now you too can play Fire on Board and dispel the notion that the Philidor simplifies the game! | Watch video
If you like bishops, watch this video. If you hate bishops, watch this video! Bishops are both the heroes and the sacrificial lambs in these five games. The first is the most famous example of the lot, though it took the grandmaster 45 minutes to find it over the board. How long did you spend finding it? You'll also be treated to a tough trivia question. FM Klein wants to see your favorites - please post them in the comments below! | Watch video