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  • 12 Nakamura Wins In 20 Minutes!

    • Mar 2, 2015
    • | 20 min
    • | 2649 Views
    • | 7 Comments

    It’s rapid carnage on the chessboard as Hikaru Nakamura dispatches a dozen opponents more quickly than you’ll believe. FM Mike Klein does his best chess auctioneer impression as he keeps up with the action, explaining the tricks, traps, and attacks that Hikaru was able to find in just fractions of seconds. Learn how Nakamura beats some of the strongest bullet players in the world, and see how he makes short work of their most desperate tricks. | Watch video

  • Openings

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    • Fighting For Initiative In The French!

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 19 min
      • | 4679 Views
      • | 8 Comments

      The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it? GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan. Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video

  • Strategy

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    • Philidor's Powerful Pawns!

      GM Eugene Perelshteyn

      • 16 min
      • | 6550 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      Don’t kid yourself about pawns. Though they’re considered the lowliest members of the chess set, pawns can pack a wallop too. GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates the awesome power of passed pawns in this analysis of one of Philidor’s iconic pawn-pushing games. Learn how to unleash your pawns like Philidor to promote and win. | Watch video

  • Tactics

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    • Battle In The Carlsbad: Botvinnik vs Larsen

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 15 min
      • | 5283 Views
      • | 9 Comments

      How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure? GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure. How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • The 5 Secrets To Win Complex Endgames

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 11 min
      • | 21848 Views
      • | 42 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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    • Right Idea, Bad Execution: Member Analysis

      GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

      • 18 min
      • | 4749 Views
      • | 18 Comments

      Having a good chess idea is not enough — you must also execute it well. In his latest member-game analysis, GM Roman Dzindzichashvili demonstrates that even with a sound strategy, achieving it is not a given when you do not find the right moves. Learn what the two Chess.com members could have done better in this exciting game. | Watch video

  • Beginners

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    • How To Improve Your Strategy: Sacrifices

      FM Kostya Kavutskiy

      • 15 min
      • | 8287 Views
      • | 21 Comments

      Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king. But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal? FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win. Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video

  • Intermediate

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    • Spicy Gambits: The Monkey's Bum

      GM Simon Williams

      • 16 min
      • | 7719 Views
      • | 23 Comments

      How on earth did this crazy opening gambit get such an unusual name? And what exactly is the Monkey’s Bum Gambit? All your questions will be answered by GM Simon Williams, who shows you the brilliant idea “behind” this wild opening. Learn how to stir up an attacking initiative against the solid positional response 1…g6 to the king’s pawn opening. | Watch video

  • Advanced

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    • Battle In The Carlsbad: Botvinnik vs Larsen

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 15 min
      • | 5283 Views
      • | 9 Comments

      How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure? GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure. How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video

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