IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch battles some tough puzzles in this latest tactics trainer live session.
Listen to IM Rensch think out loud as he untangles the most difficult positions on the Chess.com tactics trainer.
Try to defeat the automated tactics beast yourself by clicking the TACTICS TRAINER link in the sidebar. | Watch video
Did you know there were five types of chess skewers?
IM Daniel Rensch gives you timed puzzles for all five skewer categories in this interactive video.
If you can solve all of these puzzles you might be “fatally attracted” to skewers in your games.
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IM Daniel Rensch concludes his “comeback tour” with an instructive last-round game in the Mind Games tournament on Chess.com.
IM Rensch shows you how to take apart the Accelerated Dragon with a traditional Yugoslav Attack as he tries to finish the tournament on a perfect score.
You’ll learn Danny’s advice on when to liquidate a position for a winning ending, and when to keep the tension on the board. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you three more important and entertaining zugzwang endgames: one from a student, one from his own game, and the most famous zugzwang game ever, a masterpiece between Sämisch and Nimzowitsch in 1923.
Learn key zugzwang concepts from the first two positions, and then sit back and enjoy what has been called the immortal zugzwang game between the two super grandmasters. | Watch video
What was GM Dzindzichashvili doing when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show? He was crafting his own ballads on the chess board. Here the grandmaster shows us some 50-year-old analysis in the Taimanov Sicilian. In various parts of his treatment, three of the four rooks are captured on their home squares! In the words of John Lennon: "Rooks are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup, Bishops slither wildly as they slip across the universe." Watch and experience "waves of joy!" | Watch video
Wow! Just spectacular. One of the best single moves we've ever featured in a video on Chess.com! GM Mikhalevski plays a sharp opposite-side castling position, where he eventually disrupts Black's development by invading on the 8th rank. But the picturesque obstruction tactic that creates zugzwang is truly remarkable. If you're able to see it coming before he shows you, maybe it's time you came to work for us! | Watch video
GM Finegold caps off his career-best tournament by showing his game against world champion runner-up GM Boris Gelfand. Though only an FM at the time, Finegold induces his esteemed opponent to play "the worst positional move of his career." Later, Ben's tactics produce a move that is a decoy, skewer, fork and discovered attack! The win even got instant praise from GM Viktor Korchnoi! | Watch video
International Master Rensch brings you another highlight reel, courtesy of the US Chess League. Week 8 is on display today! Danny first gives credit to GMs Stripunsky and Hess for the approach taken in their games against IMs Bartell and Esserman respectively, and he then breaks down the most instructional points of all three Game of the Week candidates. | Watch video
GM Yermolinsky chronicles the offbeat opening but ultimate success of 2...b6 in the French. GM Tamaz Gelashvili trotted it out in Week 6 of the USCL, developed his pieces harmoniously, then found a crushing breakthrough in the center. IM Marc Esserman didn't get to play in his usual active style, and the brilliant attack by Black was unyielding to any defensive resource. Watch and learn how to crumble White's center! | Watch video