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
The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan reviews Chess.com member games in this replay of her live show, originally broadcast on Dec. 16.
Learn what Chess.com members did right and wrong in their games, as WGM Abrahamyan considers each game from both the white and black perspective.
Watch till the end to find out WGM Abrahamyan’s ultimate theory on how chess works! | Watch video
Did Bobby Fischer blunder his bishop in game one of the 1972 world championship match against Boris Spassky?
IM Keaton Kiewra argues that he did not, proposing instead that Fischer gave up the bishop in a bold attempt to win a drawn endgame.
IM Kiewra shows you why this did not work, and discusses what could have led Fischer to press for a win when he should not have.
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It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky discusses the shocking turnarounds in rounds 7, 8, and 9 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes a key game between GMs Andreikin and Caruana, where Fabiano chooses the unorthodox center-counter game opening.
Can the number-two player in the world create the complications he needs to win as Black? Or will Andreikin show his top form and earn the point with White?
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If you want to see a superb demonstration of knight usage, look not further than GM Alejandro Ramirez's game from this year's U.S. Championship. First he offers an exchange, then he builds up a rock-solid pawn structure and makes Black's king walk the plank. The extra pawns prove useful, and with a losing endgame only getting worse, GM Mackenzie Molner commits Hari-kiri by mating himself. | Watch video
Want to study the games of one the greatest positional aggressors of all time? GM Khachiyan says look no further than Efim Geller. Today the man in the spotlight plays a subtle zwischenzug that secures the e4-square for this pieces. Then a deep exchange sacrifice produces a monster of a pin that Black can't wriggle out of. Even the resulting rook endgame is instructive. Ten lessons in one game - no wonder it's one of Melik's favorites! | Watch video
A worse rook ending and a better queen ending. What's the fair result? Watch and see FM Alisa Melekhina grovel for a draw and push for the win at the 2014 U.S. Women's Championship. Learn some techniques for how to defend worse positions, and see the precarious line that divides each half point. If you "drive for show and putt for dough" then endgames are surely the green of chess. Learn the basics and you'll never three-putt! | Watch video
Doubled pawns? No problem. Now they're isolated too? GM Melik can handle that! Today he plays his favorite Philidor setup and simply outplays White in the endgame. With the queens traded early, Black's rooks find all the space. Despite the entire pawn structure looking shaky, our author shows you that White's pawns are like ducks in a shooting gallery. You have to have some deep insight to beat a 6-time U.S. Champ! | Watch video