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  • | Mar 1, 2011

Sometimes, it requires a Rembrandt to appreciate the Mona Lisa; or a Karpov to appreciate a Fischer endgame. But there are also many works of exquisite artistry on the chessboard which are accessible to novices. And this is where you can find them, with instructive commentary from masters intended to open the door to the beauty of the game, and to highlight one or two lessons you can take from each game.

All videos in this series are appropriate for beginner level. This is a continuing series, so keep an eye open for future additional videos.

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Strike While the Iron's Hot: Learn why when you have an advantage in some part of the board, you can't always build up forever. Sometimes you need to seize your chances, as Pillsbury did in this game with a now-classic sacrifice, which you can also add to your arsenal.

Pillsbury's Attack: Here's a great way to grab a space advantage, then build up a big attack behind that space. If you're having an inspired day, maybe you can also finish it off with flashy tactics!

Morphy's Genius 1 and 2: Probably the most famous game in chess history-- everyone knows this one, so you better too.

Alekhine's Attack: Alekhine introduces us to a classic trade: a knight or a bishop for two central pawns. The goal: to open the board up when the opponent has left their king in the center, thinking it was locked up!

Tunnel Vision: There's this common arrangement of pieces in chess: one player is castled, and the knight that defends the kingside is pinned to the queen by a bishop. So they try to chase the bishop away by attacking it with the rook pawn. Check out an awesome resource that you will have many occasions to surprise your adversaries with.

One Weakness and One Piece is All it Takes: With just one weakness in the position, white thought they were safe trading off the last piece. But the deep genius, Rubinstein, had discovered a winning plan that enlightened how chess players would understand the endgame forever.

Rubinstein's Smooth Rook: Another endgame classic from Rubinstein, who was rightly revered for the elegance of his rooks. Again you get a glimpse of the magic that can be done with a positional advantage in the endgame.

Dominate the Center!: This video takes a look at a very clean game by Richard Reti, employing a classical, rather than hypermodern style. A great example to understand better why controlling and occupying the center is advantageous, and how that advantage is to be utilized.

Unusual Wizardry: An invitation to tactical wizardry! Check out Richard Reti's brilliant attack (born of good piece coordination) in this King's Gambit.

Magic Outpost 1: In the first part of this two-video game presentation, we learn a few important positional ideas, and the planning that leads to a classic domination of a Knight on d5.

Magic Outpost 2: In the second half, we watch as white turns that positional advantage into a decisive attack.

This series is ongoing, so check back for more!


  • 2 years ago


    these are great, thanks!

  • 3 years ago


    try use IDM to grab the Video..awesome.

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    no videos are available for download.

  • 5 years ago


    can i download this

  • 5 years ago


    this is a good series to watch

    i recomend this:)

  • 6 years ago


    Puzzles are a great way to learn. After all, motivation is everything. Nothing like the beautiful art of analysis to aid chess learning, sharing, developing.

  • 6 years ago



  • 6 years ago


    It's good to know that's working on the video navigation. Thanks for all your efforts

  • 6 years ago

    IM dpruess

    oooh one of these was published today, i will now update the article :P

  • 6 years ago


    All of these beginner videos are excellent! 

  • 6 years ago


    I look forward to working my way through them, thanks David!

  • 6 years ago


    Awesome video series. Thanks David!

  • 6 years ago


    I wish there was an internal (to bookmarking system.  I can create my own bookmarks, but then I tend to forget to look at them.  I also then have to transport them to other systems I use to access 

    This will be an interesting set of videos to watch!  I look forward to seeing them.

    Thanks very much :-)

  • 6 years ago


    Thoroughly enjoy - and learn from - the videos of IM David PruessLaughingLaughing. Thanks!!!

  • 6 years ago


    Wink not bad

  • 6 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Cairton that's exactly what this article is-- the beginning stages of us building out an easier way to find the video series.

  • 6 years ago


    There seems to be quite a few video series. Is there any chance thet can provide pages with links to the different series? This would make them a lot easier to find.

    But thanks a lot for this. Much appreciated.

  • 6 years ago


      Sweet deal David! I'm going to be watching these as well once I get my chess act together and form a big study plan. This will help quite a bit. Cool


  • 6 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, to watch full video lessons you need diamond membership. there are about 10 videos that can be viewed in their entirety (in a blue box along the right side of the video home page), and for each other video there is a sample.

  • 6 years ago


    We have to have diamond to see these?

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