How do you beat a former world champion at blitz chess?
The idea is “simple” — quite literally.
GM Maxim Dlugy explains how a simplification strategy allows the smart player to preserve the most precious resource in speed chess: time.
Learn how to avoid complications in blitz when you have a positional advantage. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you a very advanced game from one of his most promising students, Andrew Hong.
Hong plays a King's Indian Defense reminiscent of Garry Kasparov, and you'll love the logical and patient way Hong cashed in his advantage. | 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
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky. He continues his discussion of the great World Championship matches; this time between Petrosian and Spassky. Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on February 2. | 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