Improve your Chess

Improve your Chess

Improve your chess with a US Champion!

Want to learn from a national champion? Grandmaster and 2018 US Champion, Sam Shankland, will guide you through tricky scenarios from his own games. In some of the positions, he found the right path and in others, he tripped up. Can you do better? Analyzing his own play helped Sam win the national title ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, and Fabiano Caruana! Imagine what these lessons can do for you. Start improving with a national champion today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice tricky positions from GM Shankland’s own games!
  • Learn tactical, positional, and prophylactic ideas!
  • Test yourself against the games of a Super-GM!
Centralized king with rooks onboard

Centralized king with rooks onboard

The goal in this position, as in the rest of this course, is to find the most accurate move. I won't be telling you if that means checkmate in 2 moves or somehow force a barely drawn endgame.
3 Challenges
A dream Catalan

A dream Catalan

This position is every Catalan player's dream. How should White continue?
4 Challenges
A Multi-Purpose Plan

A Multi-Purpose Plan

Both sides have their obvious trumps. How should Black continue?
1 Challenge
Outposts

Outposts

In a Ruy Lopez, both sides have ended up with symmetrical pawn structures, save the fact that black has a weak d5 square. How should he proceed?
1 Challenge
Holding on

Holding on

18 moves into the game I had White in a tough position. Can you survive?
6 Challenges
To draw or not to draw?

To draw or not to draw?

Black faces a difficult decision.
2 Challenges
Active defense

Active defense

Try to find White's best defense.
1 Challenge
An unexpected tactic

An unexpected tactic

Find the best way for White to continue.
2 Challenges
Prophylaxis and attack

Prophylaxis and attack

White enjoys the bishop pair and a better pawn structure, but it is not so obvious how to continue.
3 Challenges
White king in the center on move 25?!

White king in the center on move 25?!

Black looks to have a big advantage, but how can you convert it?
3 Challenges
A tough rook ending

A tough rook ending

White has only one winning plan, what is it?
7 Challenges
A Grunfeld theme

A Grunfeld theme

Try to find Black's most accurate move.
1 Challenge
Breaking the barrier

Breaking the barrier

White is up a pawn but Black has good piece play.
4 Challenges
The finale

The finale

None other than the greatest player or all time, Garry Kasparov, misjudged the position, claiming it was a dead draw. I do not think I have ever seen a more complex position with so few pieces on the board. This game is from the U18 World Championship.
6 Challenges
A nasty shock

A nasty shock

Find White's best play.
1 Challenge
An unbalanced ending

An unbalanced ending

Black just refused a draw offer and played Be4. How should White continue?
2 Challenges
A sharp Sicilian

A sharp Sicilian

I played poorly this game on the black side of a Keres attack in the Sicilian defense.
3 Challenges
Technical play

Technical play

White is up an exchange, but Black has annoying pressure. How should White consolidate?
2 Challenges
Defend the king

Defend the king

White is up a piece, but the king is in dire straits. Try to defend.
3 Challenges

Improve your Chess

Strategy
19 Lessons
No Videos
55 Challenges
Released July 9, 2009
10,152 Students