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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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