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  • Endgame Horror Show: Member Game Analysis

    • Aug 1, 2014
    • | 24 min
    • | 605 Views
    • | 1 Comment

    You need to know what not to do in the endgame! GM Roman Dzindzichashvili breaks down the blunders and bad ideas in this member game analysis. Watch as GM Dzindzi awards nine question marks to the last 15 moves of this endgame horror show, and learn what the Chess.com amateurs should have played instead. | Watch video

  • Openings

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    • Ruy Lopez: Steinitz Defense! - Part 2

      GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

      • 27 min
      • | 4852 Views
      • | 12 Comments

      GM Dzindzi wants to be a trend setter. For years he has played and studied 3...d6 in the Spanish Game and he can't figure out any clear route to an advantage for White. Today you'll see more of why he thinks top players will eventually switch from the Berlin to the Steinitz. He covers all the missing gaps from part one, including early c3 and c4 systems, as well as similarities to pawn structures from other openings like the Yugoslav attack in the Dragon. Be a trend setter and play the Steinitz! | Watch video

  • Strategy

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    • Evaluation and Planning! - Part 11

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 20 min
      • | 4728 Views
      • | 20 Comments

      So you have a better position, huh? When is the right time to trade in positional advantages for material ones? Today you'll see a top American GM face that same question many times. There's a right way and a wrong way to be up a pawn, and patience is truly a virtue in this one. Keeping Black in a vice proves to be more powerful than cutting off one of his fingers! Watch and learn how to prevent counterplay and convert your advantage to the full point. | Watch video

  • Tactics

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    • The Classical Dutch - Part 5

      GM Simon Williams

      • 19 min
      • | 4350 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • US Women's Championship Part 4: Endgame Odysseys

      FM Alisa Melekhina

      • 20 min
      • | 5315 Views
      • | 14 Comments

      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

  • Amazing Games

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    • Evaluation and Planning! - Part 13

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 23 min
      • | 3111 Views
      • | 9 Comments

      The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video

  • Beginners

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    • 3 Entertaining Zugzwang Endgames You Need to Know

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 18 min
      • | 2971 Views
      • | 11 Comments

      IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how to win three of the most important and entertaining zugzwang endgames: 1. Rook vs. knight. 2. Queen vs. rook. 3. Extra pawns with opposite-colored bishops. If you find yourself on the better side of these endgames, try to reach these famous zugzwang positions and make your opponents move into their own demise. | Watch video

  • Intermediate

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    • Evaluation and Planning! - Part 12

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 16 min
      • | 3737 Views
      • | 13 Comments

      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

  • Advanced

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    • The Classical Dutch - Part 5

      GM Simon Williams

      • 19 min
      • | 4350 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video

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