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Everything You Need To Know

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

The Opening

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

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 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.

The Open Catalan SystemThe Catalan (so hot right now): the brilliant positional master GM Georg Meier explains all the intricacies to this subtle yet powerful 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!


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

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.


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.

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 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!


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!

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 to ensure you don't falter in these essential positions again.

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. 

Member Analysis:'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!

Great Players

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. 

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!

Puzzles And Fun

Video Series On Beauty and Entertainment: A bevy of'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

Q & A with Coach Heisman: NM Dan Heisman shares his secrets as a legendary chess coach with 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 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 members in these vote chess games!

Event Highlights

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

The Best of the FIDE Grand Prix — 2014: Follow along with the 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!

Chess/TV Broadcasts

Death Matches: Following this video guide, you'll retrace the steps of the'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's all-star line up of commentators.

Live Sessions: 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!

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 members!

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

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

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