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Need a little help navigating the thousands of videos on Chess.com? Use this guide to find all the videos you need on topics such as:

Starting Out

The Opening

Tactics

Strategy

Master Games

The Endgame

Master Analysis

Event Highlights

Broadcast Archives

Miscellaneous

Click any of the options above or scroll through this guide until you find what you're looking for. Happy learning!


Starting Out

How to Move the Pieces: New to the game? Check out this series of videos about how each piece moves and how to play a chess game.

Your First TournamentIn this series, GM Ben Finegold gives priceless advice for young players, who are trying out their first real-life tournament after playing online.

Playing The Game: You know how the pieces move. Now it's time to learn everything else! Follow along and learn how to win chess games!

Everything You Need to Know: IM Daniel Rensch gives you an amazing survey of all the chess basics including rules, tactics, and strategy!

Winning The Game: How can you win a chess game? In this lesson and video series for beginners, NM Dane Mattson demonstrates the key checkmates that you'll want to know.

The Opening

Development For Beginners: This long series goes from the most basic up to the very complex.

Opening Principles: How should you start out a chess game? In this lesson and video series for beginners, NM Dane Mattson demonstrates the key principles that will help you get a good position early in each game!

Attack With The Catalan Join GM Georg Meier as he shows you one of the most important and sharpest openings. The Catalan is a favorite of many top players, including former World Champion Kramnik and you can get insights from a GM who has played it against the world elite.

The Complete Gruenfeld: The Complete Gruenfeld: Get ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Grunfeld Defense! IM Valeri "Tiger" Lilov reviews the main lines of this dynamic opening.

Tips and Tricks Of the London System: Grandmaster Aman Hambleton has played both sides of the London System for years. He knows that many players try the London to reach an easy-to-play, quiet position, but there are tricks for both sides that can win quickly against an unprepared opponent.

How to Win With The Ruy Lopez: 5.d4!?:  IM Keaton Kiewra demonstrates his favorite surprise weapon, the Ruy Lopez with 5.d4!? It can turn into a sharp gambit, or a quick win, or a positional game where your experience should lead to many wins.  

How to Win With The Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation:  IM Keaton Kiewra demonstrates another important Ruy Lopez line. In the Exchange Variation White immediately heads for a winning endgame and Black has to use the bishop pair to prove compensation for a damaged pawn structure. Learn the key ideas in this opening, which was a favorite of Bobby Fischer.  

How To Play The Philidor Defense: In this series, GM Ben Finegold demonstrates how to play a solid and underrated defense, the Philidor. Follow along for a complete defensive guide against 1.e4.

The Trompowsky Attack: This is a quick guide to a video series by IM Keaton Kiewra. This series shows ideas that white can use in the Trompowsky Attack. Learn how to play this creative and bold opening without getting bogged down in too much theory.

Tiger Lilov's Opening School: When selecting your opening repertoire as a beginner, you have to choose lines you like to play. IM Valeri "Tiger" Lilov helps you with this video series to find openings that suit your playing style.

White Against The Petroff: This series of five videos for intermediate-to-advanced players shows a few different ways for White to play against the Petroff Defense, in the main line and in the Cochrane Gambit.

Shankland Teaches The Najdorf: This series covers a complete Najdorf repertoire for Black. It is intended for advanced players.

Applying Principles In The King's Gambit: This series teaches you about decision-making in the opening, and in particular the important principles that come up in the King's Gambit.

The Scandinavian: Eugene Perelshteyn teaches you everything you need to know about this fighting opening. 

Spicy Gambits: GM Simon Williams shows you the most exotic opening gambits chess has to offer. 

How To Crush Your Opponent With The King's Gambit: GM Williams revives this romantic opening. 

The Fighting Dragon: IM Keaton Kiewra takes a comprehensive look at the most aggressive Sicilian. 

Melik Suggests: For 10 video lessons, GM Melikset Khachiyan is here to analyze his preferred variations of different openings.

The Schliemann Gambit: GM Melikset Khachiyan teaches you the essential theory and concepts underpinning Black's most aggressive response to the Ruy Lopez.

The Evans Gambit: Join GM Jacek Stopa and several Chess.com guest authors in exploring the swashbuckling Evans Gambit from both sides of the board.

The Pirc Defense: GMs Roman Dzindzichashvili and Mackenzie Molner provide you with all the concepts and theory you need to play the daring Pirc from both sides of the board.

The Anti-Sicilians: GM Roman Dzindzichashvili has the answers for theory-weary adventurers on both sides of the board in this series on Anti-Sicilians.

The King's Indian Defense: GM Eugene Perelshteyn provides you with a fresh repertoire centered on topical and exciting lines in the King's Indian Defense.

Learn To Play The English: Learn the fundamentals of the English Opening with a plethora of novel ideas and traps courtesy of GM Roman Dzindzichashvili.

Completely French: Delve into the strategic and tactical vagaries of the French Defense with lifetime devotee WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.

The Complete Nimzo Indian: Incorporate this classic opening into your repertoire with strategic and theoretical guidance from GM Roman Dzindzichashvili.

Roman's Novelty Shop: Dzindzchashvili exposes his deepest opening secrets to you in this tour through his laboratory of opening innovations.

Nakamura Teaches The KIDGM Simon Williams shows you how to play the King's Indian Defense through the amazing lens of GM Hikaru Nakamura's best games!

Winning with the Ruy LopezLifelong lover of the Ruy Lopez, GM Ivan Sokolov, shows you his secrets to getting the most out of this amazing opening.

Accelerated DragonThe Dragon is a rich, sharp and exciting opening; learn it today with GM Melik Khachiyan!

The Giuoco PianoJust because it's old doesn't mean it's not exciting. Master the Giuoco Piano with GMs Dzindzichashvili and Khachiyan.

A Universal SystemHow do you respond to the annoying King's Indian Attack? GM Charles Galofre shows you his foolproof system!

Tactics

Intermediate Checkmates: For beginner and intermediate-level players: build your knowledge of checkmate patterns.

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan's Favorite Studies: WGM Tatev Abrahamyan demonstrates studies by the great composer Alois Wotawa. Tatev shows how to solve these tricky studies and provides calculation tips for your own puzzles and games.

4 Exercises To Become A Tactical Genius Everyone knows that chess is 99% tactics, but how does one master tactics? IM David Pruess has a new premium video series with four exercises which he guarantees will make you a tactical genius if you practice them seriously. What are you waiting for? Structure your tactical training today!

Sac A Queen To Find A Mate! A Love Story: What does chess have in common with Taylor Swift? Find out in this exciting queen-sac series. 

Tactical Patterns You Must Know: IM Daniel Rensch teaches you all the essential tactics in chess.

Spicy Chess: Checkmates, attacks, and brilliant attacking play are the order of the day with GM Simon Williams.

Krushing Tactics: How does GM Irina Krush approach solving tactics? See here as you solve along with her!

The Art Of 'Tempo Moves' In Chess: WGM Camilla Baginskaite shows you the underappreciated art of tempo moves in this series.

Tackling Tactics: IM Daniel Rensch takes you on a tactical journey as he solves his way through the tactics trainer in this series.

Strategy

Amazing Games For Beginners: IM David Pruess and FM Elliot Liu teach beginners the foundations of good chess play with these instructive and elegant masterpieces.

How To Swindle Your Opponent: What should you do when you're losing a chess game? If it's not time to resign, it's time to swindle your opponent! WGM Qiyu Zhou demonstrates the tricks you need to survive lost positions!

Pawn Structures That Win: Life is easier when you have a good pawn structure. GM Aman Hambleton demonstrates five pawn structures that give you a great chance to win the game.

Top Level Trickery: GM Dejan Bojkov is back with a series about how top Grandmasters create counterplay and defend the most difficult looking positions!

How To Defend: How do grandmasters avoid losing, even when they get into trouble? Join GM Dejan Bojkov as he demonstrates his five key strategies for defending bad positions: recognizing key priorities, fortresses, stalemates, perpetual checks, and "the sticking defense."

Defending Difficult Positions: How should you handle tough positions? NM Jeremy Kane has faced his share and demonstrates three techniques to handle trouble. You can complicate and get counterplay. You can simplify to a draw, or you can persistently improve your pieces until things turn around.

Get Better At Bullet: Learn from GM Aman Hambleton as he teaches you how to dominate in the fastest games. What openings should you play? When should you pre-move? How do you flag your opponent? Learn these tricks and more!

Pawn Structure 101: Everything you needed to know about pawn structure from IM Daniel Rensch. 

Isolated Queen Pawns: This series takes a look at one of the most important pawn structures in chess, which characteristically comes out of the Queen's Gambit, the Nimzo Indian, the Caro-Kann, the French, and the Alapin Sicilian among other mainstream openings.

The Principle Of Two Weaknesses: One of the most fundamental strategic concepts in chess, but a difficult one to employ in the middlegame or endgame. This series starts off at an intermediate level.

Playing With A Space Advantage: Space and time work in harmony for great chess players, and this video series by GM Lenderman (as well as the prequel videos by IM David Pruess) will get you started on the right path!

Practical Defense: In this series, Grandmaster Melik Khachiyan implores all Chess.com members to understand and appreciate the difficult art of finding accurate defensive moves when under practical pressure. For advanced players, this series is solid gold!

Positional Tips: GM Melik Khachiyan gives you myriad positional guidelines to follow, providing specific examples from his own games that illustrate some timeless chess truths.

Evaluation and Planning: Master the seven elements of positional assessment as GM Melik Khachiyan takes you on a tour of thirteen amazing positional games.

Unbalanced Material: Two "unbalanced" chess players, IM Daniel Rensch and GM Ben Finegold, explain the mysteries of unbalanced material positions.

The Power Of The Bishop Pair: It's Hammertime as GM Jon Ludvig Hammer reveals the secrets to using the bishop pair in this incredibly instructive series!

Coach Keaton Reporting: IM Keaton Kiewra dives into two unique topics (kingside attacks and queen endgames) in this series.

Fighting For Initiative: GMs Kaidanov and Khachiyan (the two Ks) discuss how to grab, seize, and all-out steal the initiative.

Defense And Prophylaxis: GM Sam Shankland shows you some super-grandmaster secrets that will help all levels with defense and prophylaxis.

Dynamic Chess With GM Khachiyan: GM Melik Khachiyan explains how to keep it funky!

Attacking Pawn Chains: Pawn chains are the key to understanding countless positions. GM Sam Shankland gives you the understanding to unlock their strategic power!

The King Hunt: Is there anyone better to explain amazing king hunts than GM Simon Williams? We don't think so!

Master Games

The Greatest Chess Minds: This gargantuan series covers all the best players in chess history. Enjoy the greatest games by the biggest names in the game. 

The Top Five Moves: 2020 Candidates Edition: How did the contenders for the right to a world championship match become the stars they are today? Join the Ginger GM, Simon Williams, on a tour of the best moves of each of these eight amazing players.

The Top Five Moves: Legends Edition:  GM Simon Williams, the Ginger GM, brings you more highlights from the games of the best chess players of all time! Check out the best moves ever of World Champions, the stars of the 1800s, Simon's favorite player, the greatest internet chess player, and a likely future champion!

My Victories At The US Women's Championship:  In 2018, IM Nazi Paikidze doubled up, winning her second 2018 U.S. Women's Championship! In this series, you can explore all of her victories at this tournament. Throughout the series, Nazi analyzes and reflects on her own games and gives you an inside look at what goes on in the head of a champion. You might be surprised by the kind of preparation it takes to win such a strong tournament.

Old School Cool: They don't make chess players like they used to! Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates some of his favorite romantic attacking games from the 1800s. This course features brilliant and risky play, including games by Paul Morphy and Wilhelm Steinitz.

Immortal Chess Games: This series by GM Simon Williams covers some of the greatest chess games of all time. Watch as he demonstrates what makes a chess game immortal! 

Best Chess Games of 2018:  In this series GM Simon Williams takes you on a torn of the best chess games of 2018 in all of their tactical glory.

Simply The Best: Garry Kasparov: IM Shankland reviews the life and games of the greatest chess player of all time: the former world champion Garry Kasparov! The series needs no further introduction other than a word to the wise: If you consider yourself a serious and aspiring chess player, studying the games of the greatest player ever might not be a bad idea!

Endgame

King And Pawn Endgames: You have to know K+P endgames in order to play other endgames, since trades can always come up! This is where anyone who wants to play a quality endgame must start.

Rook And Pawn Endgames: Rook and pawn endgames are the most common type of endgame, and thus they are a natural second endgame to study. They are very tricky though!

The Most Instructive Endgames: In this series by GM Dejan Bojkov, you will see the best endgames of the greatest endgame players ever. Learn from chess icons from the past like Tal and Rubinstein to Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov and present chess superstars like Fabiano Caruana and Vishy Anand. Enjoy this journey through the best endgames of all times!

Berlin Endgames: Probably the most important endgame of all on the world-championship level.

Opposite-Colored Bishop Endgames: GM Dejan Bojkov provides an incredible lesson series on this so, sooooo important endgame topic.

Converting Extra Material: GM Sam Shankland shows you how to always get those elusive wins when you are up material!

Typical Rook Endgame Mistakes: Never again make those critical and common rook endgame errors after watching GM Melik Khachiyan's series.

Mastering King And Pawn Endgames: IM Anna Rudolf gives the perfect masterclass on king and pawn endgames; learn everything you need to ensure you don't falter in these essential positions again.

Miscellaneous

Video Series On Beauty and Entertainment: A bevy of Chess.com's most loved video authors are here to entertain you with the most stunning moves and positions they have seen in their lengthy chess careers.

The 10 Best Moves Of All Time: GM (then IM) Sam Shankland walks you through a tour of his personal favorite moves that have graced the chess world.

Pardon Our Blunders: IM Daniel Rensch and GM Ben Finegold conduct a unique show combining chess talk and blitz!

Call of the Wild: IM Daniel Rensch plays variants on Chess.com.

Q & A with Coach Heisman: NM Dan Heisman shares his secrets as a legendary chess coach with Chess.com questioners.

ChessCenter: Host and IM Daniel Rensch and an amazing cast of show regulars bring you amazing moments, news, brilliances, blunders, and more in each ChessCenter episode!

Old School With Uncle Yermo: GM Alex Yermolinsky presents a series of fascinating stories and lessons from chess history.

Old School Simul With Uncle Yermo: GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with simuls against Chess.com members.

Beating Your Nemesis: IM Daniel Rensch shows you how to beat "that guy" in your club!

Master vs Many: Vote Chess Games: Chess celebrities take on thousands of Chess.com members in these vote chess games!

When Computers Go Wrong: What happens when the almighty engine leads you astray? In this series, GM Simon Williams examines the missteps of our silicon chess masters.

Chess Psychology: Chess is much more than attack and defense. Psychology is an integral element of chess. To win a game, tournament, or match, one needs to be strong not only in chess but in the psychological sense as well. Every chess player can recall moments when he/she could not recover from a terrible loss (or draw) and kept losing points in other rounds. Sometimes they were surprised by a twist of the game and could not adjust to it. In this series, IM Lawrence Trent tells you all about psychology in chess!

Master Analysis

Ben Finegold's Road To GM: Follow along with Finegold as he earns the highest title in chess. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way. 

Games That Changed Chess History: What are the games that every chess fan needs to know? IM Anna Rudolf is here to show you the most important games ever played.

The Funniest Chess Games Of All Time: Why is chess always taken so seriously? It can be funny and highly entertaining! In this series, IM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you the funny side of chess, with some highly entertaining and instructive games.

Member Analysis: Chess.com's best instructors help you out directly as they review member games and highlight the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement most relevant to club-level players.

How To Improve Your Chess: GM Kaidanov lays out the steps for a chess player to improve his entire approach to the game, from practical to psychological! He provides all the steps needed for recognizing and eliminating your mistakes and patterns.

Video Series On My Memorable Games: Join GM Sam Shankland as he takes you on a tour of the most memorable games he played on his way to the grandmaster title at 21!

My Best Games: GM Roman Dzindzichashvili shows you his best games from a long and storied career!

How To Analyze Your Own Games: All chess coaches say to study your own games, but how do you go about it? IM Daniel Rensch demonstrates.

Keeping Up With Melik: GM Melik Khachiyan brings you interesting moments from the tournament circuit.

Your Games Analyzed: IM Daniel Rensch already showed you how to Analyze You Own Games; now he does it for you!

Melik And Me: What's it like to have an amazing GM coach? Experience it vicariously in this series!

Game Analysis By Shankland: One of the biggest talents in the US shows you some amazing games!

Coach Dejan Explains: GM Dejan Bojkov provides an assortment of his best lessons from his storied career as a chess coach.

Becoming An Expert: GM Melik Khachiyan has a pack of calculation exercises to hit home key points needed to cross that 2000 barrier.

Amateur Game Review: Maybe these are some familiar mistakes? IM Daniel Rensch analyzes amateur games!

Event Highlights

2020 Online Nations Cup Highlights:  The FIDE Online Nations Cup is one of the most prestigious online events ever held with some of the strongest players on the planet participating and $180,000 in prize money. Check out the highlights of each day here.

2018 Pro Chess League Highlights:  Nothing draws a great crowd like great competition. And nothing draws greater competition than the PRO Chess League. 2018's version of the PRO Chess League was no exception. IM Keaton Kiewra shows the highlights of the 2018 event.

How Shankland Won the US Champs:  Sam Shankland was the surprise winner of the 2018 U.S. chess championship. In this video series, GM Sam Shankland walks you through each of his six wins on the way to his victory, ahead of the "big three," Caruana, Nakamura, and Wesley So.

The 2017 Women's World Championship:  GM Alexandra Kosteniuk presents the most spectacular moments, instructive endgames, and amazing miniatures of the 2017 Women´s World Championship.

2016 Candidates Tournament:  IM Danny Rensch analyzes in-depth every games 2016 Candidates Tournament as eight challengers battle their way into a chance at Magnus Carlsen. All videos are FREE to all members!

Best Of Millionaire Chess: GM Maurice Ashley presents the most amazing games from the richest open event in chess history. Ashley's inimitable style is the perfect complement for the fireworks on the chessboard in these can't miss videos. 

2014 World Mind Games: Follow along with live game analysis from IM Danny Rensch as he plays five rounds in the 2014 World Mind Games tournament hosted by Chess.com.

The Best of the FIDE Grand Prix — 2014: Follow along with the Chess.com commentary team as it brings you the brilliancies, blunders, and drama from the 2014 FIDE Grand Prix.

USCL: Game of the Week: GM Alex Yermolinsky walks you through each and every thrilling Game of the Week contest from the 2013 US Chess League season.

U.S. Chess League Broadcasts — 2013: Catch up on these classic broadcasts of the predecessor to the PRO Chess League!

U.S. Chess League Highlights — 2013: In this video series, IM Danny Rensch walks you through various instructive and entertaining moments that caught his eye.

Highlights From Tata Steel 2015-2016: Watch these amazing moments from 14 of the greatest players playing one of the world's most storied tournaments!

Shamkir 2014: Incredible play from the Azerbaijani super-tournament.

Norway Chess 2014: GM Magnus Carlsen and many other amazing players contend as the world champion tries to win on his home soil.

Norway Chess 2015: Is the third time the charm for World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess?

Sinquefield Cup 2013: The first major super-tournament on American soil kicks off with the world champion, Magnus Carlsen!

2014 World Championship Highlights and Recaps: Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand face off in this incredible rematch!

GM Gareev's 2013 US Championship: GM Timur Gareev provides an insider's perspective on what it's like to play the U.S. Championship.

Hammertime In Norway: GM Jon Ludvig Hammer gives you his take on playing a super-tournament!

Gems From The 2012 US Championship: Just because you missed the championship doesn't mean you have to miss the highlights!

2013 World Championship Morning-After Show: Relive these incredible moments as Magnus Carlsen takes the stage for a world championship match with Viswanathan Anand!

FIDE World Cup Highlights—2015: Is the World Cup, a giant knockout, the most dramatic event in chess?! We think you'll think so after watching these highlights!

Broadcast Archives

Death Matches: Following this video guide, you'll retrace the steps of the Chess.com's greatest blitz and bullet combatants (Nakamura, Caruana, So...) as they wage a battle of wills in an epic three hour Death Match! Share the woes of time trouble, mouse slips, and speculative sacrifices all with live coverage from Chess.com's all-star line up of commentators.

Live Sessions: Chess.com sends in a legion of its best authors as they record their games and thoughts live, providing the viewer with valuable insight into what really goes on in the mind of a master.

Chess Rivals: Chess Rivals, Blindfold Battles and other streams are matches that take place online between the world's most popular and respected "Chess Streamers." This article is a historical record of those battles.

GM Blitz Battles: The greatest grandmasters in the world come together in this legendary blitz championship only on Chess.com!

Hack Attack: IM Thomas Rendle challenges himself with a ton of blitz chess against all comers in this diverse and speedy series.

The Big Show: IM Daniel Rensch and GM Robert Hess play simuls against a host of Chess.com members!

Man Vs Machine: Human players take on the unbelievable chess machines in many different odds formats.

ChessKid Online Championship: ChessKid.com's annual championship for US kids is packed with some soon-to-be famous young prodigies.

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