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  • Debating With Dragons By The Fireside!

    • Dec 17, 2014
    • | 21 min
    • | 2419 Views
    • | 13 Comments

    Last time, GM Ben Finegold offered a defense of the Sicilian Dragon as a misunderstood opening. But what’s the difference between the classical Dragon and the Accelerated Dragon? GM Finegold shows you the key ideas behind the faster Dragon opening, and warns that as White you cannot try to play against the Accelerated Dragon like it’s a regular Dragon! | Watch video

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    • Debating With Dragons By The Fireside!

      GM Ben Finegold

      • 21 min
      • | 2421 Views
      • | 13 Comments

      Last time, GM Ben Finegold offered a defense of the Sicilian Dragon as a misunderstood opening. But what’s the difference between the classical Dragon and the Accelerated Dragon? GM Finegold shows you the key ideas behind the faster Dragon opening, and warns that as White you cannot try to play against the Accelerated Dragon like it’s a regular Dragon! | Watch video

  • Strategy

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    • Harry Nelson Pillsbury's Carlsbad Pawn Structure Plan

      GM Dejan Bojkov

      • 16 min
      • | 4927 Views
      • | 16 Comments

      How did the great Henry Nelson Pillsbury handle the Carlsbad pawn structure? GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates an educational win in this pawn structure by Pillsbury from more than 100 years ago. Do you know the “Pillsbury circle” in this opening? Find out in this video how to use the circle to gain space. | Watch video

  • Tactics

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    • A "Fire"-side Chat For The Sicilian Dragon!

      GM Ben Finegold

      • 20 min
      • | 9269 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      The Dragon Sicilian is one of the most misunderstood openings, according to GM Ben Finegold. Does it win by force, or lose by force? GM Finegold will demonstrate that neither is true. The Dragon Sicilian is playable at even the highest levels of chess, and GM Finegold will show you the most important ideas in this fighting opening. | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • The 5 Secrets To Win Complex Endgames

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 11 min
      • | 11755 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      Do you know the five secrets to tough endgames? If you’re not sure, don’t worry. GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to show you the five endgame concepts you need to know. GM Khachiyan analyzes one of his own exciting games to demonstrate the proper endgame technique. | Watch video

  • Amazing Games

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    • Fischer Beats Spassky's Best Opening!

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 13 min
      • | 6140 Views
      • | 14 Comments

      Bobby Fischer was a confident player, there is no disputing that. Last time, we saw how his confidence could be his greatest weakness, as he pressed too hard in a drawish endgame and gave up his bishop in the 1972 world championship match with Spassky. Today, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you how Fischer — undaunted — boldly challenged Spassky in the Russian’s best opening during the same match, with spectacular results. | Watch video

  • Beginners

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    • 5 Skewers You Must Know!

      IM Daniel Rensch

      • 20 min
      • | 6686 Views
      • | 33 Comments

      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. | Watch video

  • Intermediate

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    • Expect The Unexpected: Water And Fire!

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 14 min
      • | 5703 Views
      • | 17 Comments

      How do you play against someone whose chess is so wild, it’s like he never left the 19th century? GM Melikset Khachiyan recently had to face the swashbuckling NM Dana MacKenzie, and the clash of styles was immense. Watch how GM Khachiyan tries to calm down his opponent’s penchant for wild attacks in this exciting game. | Watch video

  • Advanced

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    • A "Fire"-side Chat For The Sicilian Dragon!

      GM Ben Finegold

      • 20 min
      • | 9269 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      The Dragon Sicilian is one of the most misunderstood openings, according to GM Ben Finegold. Does it win by force, or lose by force? GM Finegold will demonstrate that neither is true. The Dragon Sicilian is playable at even the highest levels of chess, and GM Finegold will show you the most important ideas in this fighting opening. | Watch video

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