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  • Time Scramble: Blitz Live Session

    • Jul 29, 2015
    • | 19 min
    • | 504 Views
    • | 2 Comments

    Jump inside the mind of IM Keaton Kiewra as he plays a strong grandmaster in a Chess.com blitz showdown. With time ticking down, which of these titled players will come out on top? After the game, Keaton slows things down to analyze each move, pointing out missed opportunities for both sides. | Watch video

  • Openings

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    • The King's Indian: Prevailing In The Petrosian

      GM Rashad Babaev

      • 14 min
      • | 4838 Views
      • | 21 Comments

      What do you do if your opponent plays the Petrosian center against your King’s Indian? GM Rashad Babaev shows you a plan so logical and easy, you’ll be surprised you didn’t think of it yourself. After this video lesson, you’ll be hoping your opponent advances his d-pawn early so you can transition right into this straightforward attacking idea. | Watch video

  • Strategy

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    • How A World Champion Improves His Position

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 28 min
      • | 6938 Views
      • | 22 Comments

      Hikaru Nakamura took on a former world champion, and IM Keaton Kiewra has a comprehensive analysis of the game. Which world champion did Hikaru play? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. Learn how the strongest players in the world go about improving their position in this lesson. | Watch video

  • Tactics

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    • The Complete English Defense: Early Qh4

      GM Simon Williams

      • 18 min
      • | 6463 Views
      • | 9 Comments

      Don’t show this video to chess students, because GM Simon Williams recommends moving your queen out early in this spicy opening. See how to create legitimate threats with your queen in the English Defense — an idea that even got a good position against Anatoly Karpov, one of the best players ever. | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • Opposite-Colored Bishops: Separation Anxiety

      GM Alex Yermolinsky

      • 18 min
      • | 3937 Views
      • | 14 Comments

      Sometimes the best way to secure a draw in lopsided opposite-colored bishop endgames is to follow your opponent’s king with your own. If your king behaves like it has separation anxiety from its counterpart, you can control the key diagonal without letting the opposing pawns advance. Sounds a little confusing? The endgame expert GM Alex Yermolinsky walks you through this important concept. | Watch video

  • Amazing Games

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    • Wei Yi's Immortal Game

      GM Simon Williams

      • 23 min
      • | 4124 Views
      • | 18 Comments

      Wei Yi is a fast-rising young star in chess, but he has already played an immortal chess game. GM Simon Williams brings you one of the greatest games you might ever see in this captivating video. Sit back and enjoy the fireworks on the board with the Ginger GM as your guide. | Watch video

  • Beginners

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    • The King's Indian: Winning The Mar del Plata Race

      GM Rashad Babaev

      • 20 min
      • | 5179 Views
      • | 10 Comments

      Sometimes chess is a race, and only the fastest player will survive. GM Rashad Babaev shows you how to win the race that often emerges in the extra-sharp Mar del Plata King’s Indian. Learn what you need to know about this cutting edge opening. Be sure to check out GM Smith’s article in the related links. | Watch video

  • Intermediate

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    • Holding The Fort In Bishop Endgames

      GM Alex Yermolinsky

      • 17 min
      • | 2845 Views
      • | 11 Comments

      We all know that opposite-colored bishop endgames are drawish, but what is the best technique to actually defend this endgame? GM Alex Yermolinsky, one of Chess.com’s best endgame specialists, has all the answers in this first video of a new series. Learn how to properly defend a bishop ending in this can’t-miss video lesson. | Watch video

  • Advanced

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    • The Complete English Defense: Early Qh4

      GM Simon Williams

      • 18 min
      • | 6463 Views
      • | 9 Comments

      Don’t show this video to chess students, because GM Simon Williams recommends moving your queen out early in this spicy opening. See how to create legitimate threats with your queen in the English Defense — an idea that even got a good position against Anatoly Karpov, one of the best players ever. | Watch video

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