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  • Capablanca's Classroom

    • Sep 1, 2015
    • | 23 min
    • | 2770 Views
    • | 11 Comments

    J.R. Capablanca was a chess prodigy and a genius at all elements of chess, from the basic to the very advanced. One of the basic concepts many beginners struggle with is when to trade pieces, and it’s no surprise that we can learn a ton about this crucial decision from Capablanca. FM Elliot Liu reviews a gorgeous Capablanca game to teach you exactly when you should initiate or accept trades in your games. | Watch video

  • Openings

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    • Danger In The Center

      GM Dejan Bojkov

      • 16 min
      • | 5283 Views
      • | 10 Comments

      The center of the chessboard is a busy and dangerous place, especially when two creative attacking players face off. GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a fascinating game where the crossroads of the board became a gauntlet of dangerous tactics and ideas for one unlucky player who chose to keep his king in the middle of the mess. | Watch video

  • Strategy

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    • How To Restrict And Win

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 20 min
      • | 7231 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      Big attacks and spectacular sacrifices might get all the attention, but there are other ways to win a chess game. GM Melikset Khachiyan explains the powerful positional method of restriction, which slowly saps the energy of both your opponent and his pieces. Learn how to deny your opponent space, squares, and potential in this enlightening lesson. | Watch video

  • Tactics

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    • Learn From Your Failures

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 17 min
      • | 4434 Views
      • | 10 Comments

      Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra. Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game. Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • Karjakin's 1-Man Army: Rook Endgame Mastery

      GM Alex Yermolinsky

      • 20 min
      • | 4327 Views
      • | 5 Comments

      Sergey Karjakin was a one-man wrecking crew at the recent Russia-China international match, destroying the best Chinese grandmasters in his wake. GM Alex Yermolinksy reviews Karjakin’s masterful rook endgame technique from this event, showing you how to play these extremely difficult positions. Don’t forget to read FM Mike Klein’s full news report on Karjakin’s win in the related links. | Watch video

  • Amazing Games

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    • Sergey Karjakin: More Rook Magic

      GM Alex Yermolinsky

      • 18 min
      • | 2159 Views
      • | 0 Comments

      GM Alex Yermolinsky continues his educational series on Sergey Karjackin’s rook endgame wizardry. Learn how the super-GM used his superior knowledge of these extremely complex endgames to make magic on the chessboard. Don’t forget to check out the prior videos in this series in the related links. | Watch video

  • Beginners

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  • Intermediate

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    • Why Simon Loves The French: The Universal System

      GM Simon Williams

      • 18 min
      • | 6781 Views
      • | 15 Comments

      GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense all his life, and he has quite a few secrets to share. Learn how to play a universal system against the dynamic Tarrasch French in this extremely useful lesson, covering the most commonly played moves by White. Find out how GM Williams did against one of the best players in the world in this opening in a late-night barroom battle. | Watch video

  • Advanced

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    • Learn From Your Failures

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 17 min
      • | 4434 Views
      • | 10 Comments

      Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra. Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game. Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video

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