GM Alex Yermolinksy draws inspiration from the Moscow Open to begin a new series on practical endgames.
Jump straight to the relevant ending in this illustrative lesson on rook, pawn, and bishop endgames.
Learn how a strong grandmaster lost what should have been a drawn game, and see if you can save the half-point yourself. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
What’s the most famous queen sacrifice ever?
FM Mike Klein gives you the best-known queen sacs in history, but it’s up to you to decide.
Will it be the legendary “gold coin” queen sac by Marshall? Or one of the many queen offerings by Morphy?
How about young Fischer’s “game of the century” against Donald Byrne? Or Adolf Anderssen’s immortal game?
Let us know your choice in the comments section! | Watch video
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
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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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
The Super-GM Mountain keeps getting higher, but GM Mikhalevksi has done his high-altitude training. Today he ascends the peak of a former World Champion runner-up. The age-old Botvinnik structure leads to two unsafe kings, but the constant threat of an assault from behind proves more irritating than Black's second-rank pressure. Watch and see if you would have had the stones to capture all those pawns against a legend of chess. | Watch video
From the "Here's something you don't see every day" file...GM Gata Kamsky getting outplayed. Our author GM Mikhalevski accepts the doubled pawns, but he gets a bevy of positional compensation. His open file, 7th-rank invasion, dominant bishop, and more active knight more than make up for having one more pawn island. Still, it takes a lot to beat a man who has been World Champion Candidate several times. Watch and see how, you know, in case you ever play for the title! | Watch video
Newly-minted Staff Member Ben Finegold is on the payroll but he works for you! Today his first assignment was to show off the recently in-vogue 1. b3. When you leave theory quickly, you may get a short win or get dispatched with similar celerity. You'll see both today, first with Ben polishing off a friend with a zwischenzug. Then the most famous game ever in this line - the opening's namesake, GM Bent Larsen, goes down quickly to a world champ. | Watch video
"You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like Danny." Today he raised his Tactics Trainer rating more than 600 points in 30 minutes. Wouldn't it be nice if your Chess.com rating went up that quickly? Some puzzles he aces like a whiz, but he struggles with others late in the session. Listen and hear what a strong player is thinking about, and see how he self-diagnoses his weaknesses. | Watch video