Lessons

Doubled Pawns: Pros And Cons

Doubled Pawns: Pros And Cons

How can you tell when to accept doubled pawns? GM Fabien Libiszewski demonstrates the pros and cons in sharp Caro-Kann and Nimzo Indian variations.

GM
Fabien Libiszewski
4 Lessons
Mastery
The Sicilian Nimzowitsch Variation

The Sicilian Nimzowitsch Variation

How does IM Tuan Minh Le compete in blitz with the top players in the world? He uses the rare and sharp Nimzowitsch Variation of the Sicilian! In this course Minh Le, along with NM Sam Copeland explains his favorite variation and all of its complications.

IM
Tuan Minh Le
4 Lessons
Mastery
Learn the Queen's Gambit Declined

Learn the Queen's Gambit Declined

The Queen's Gambit Declined is an extremely solid opening for Black and it's no coincidence that it's been played by nearly every World Champion. Learn the plans and tactics for both sides.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Tips And Tricks Of The London System

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.

GM
Aman Hambleton
5 Lessons
Mastery
Learn the Ruy Lopez: Tricky Systems

Learn the Ruy Lopez: Tricky Systems

Learn about some of the less popular, but nevertheless, interesting variations in the Ruy Lopez. These include the romantic Schlieman Variation, the positional Exchange Variation and the exciting Open Variation.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Closed Sicilian

Learn the Closed Sicilian

Don't want to jump into an open game with immediate tactics in the Sicilian? Try the Closed Sicilian, where White can delay a tactical skirmish and start a powerful kingside attack, but Black is not without good counter chances.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Sicilian Dragon

Learn the Sicilian Dragon

The Sicilian Dragon is a fire-breathing opening! If you're looking for a complicated and fighting line to play against 1.e4, this might be the line for you. If you play 1.e4 and want to know how to handle the Dragon, you'll also want to take a look.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack

Learn the Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack

Learn how to play the Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack for both White and Black. The Marshall gives Black great attacking chances at the cost of a pawn, leading to exciting play.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

Learn the Semi-Slav Defense

The Semi-Slav is one of Black's best counter-attacking options against 1.d4. Some lines are solid and others are among the most complicated in all of chess.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense

Learn the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defense

In the Berlin Defense White can force a complicated endgame or head for open play. It's considered one of Black's most solid defenses against the Ruy Lopez.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the King's Indian Defense

Learn the King's Indian Defense

The King's Indian Defense is possibly Black's best way to play for a win against 1.d4. White gets a space advantage, but Black frequently gets a powerful kingside attack in a blocked position.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Learn the Sicilian Sveshnikov

Learn the Sicilian Sveshnikov

The Sicilian Sveshnikov is a sharp variation in which Black accepts a backward pawn in return for active pieces and complicated play.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Guide to the Alekhine's Defense

Guide to the Alekhine's Defense

Are you tired of deep theory in many main lines? Join NM Sam Copeland as he demonstrates the exciting and practical Alekhine's Defense, an opening that he has played successfully for years!

NM
Sam Copeland
6 Lessons
Mastery
Learn the Sicilian Najdorf

Learn the Sicilian Najdorf

The Najdorf is a sharp and complicated opening full of attacking potential for both sides. This is a great opening if you enjoy imbalances, opposite-side castling, and if you need to play for a win as Black.

M
Chess.com Coach
3 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
Play the Tarrasch Defense

Play the Tarrasch Defense

If you are looking for an active answer against 1.d4 (and almost everything except 1. e4) - you should watch the course that explains the most important ideas of the Tarrasch Defense. IM Mat Bobula is an expert on the opening and demonstrates one of the most dynamic ways to meet the Queen's Gambit in a 10 part series.

IM
Mateusz Bobula
10 Lessons
Advanced, Mastery
The Fighting Dragon

The Fighting Dragon

Join IM Keaton Kiewra on a tour of his favorite opening, the Dragon Sicilian. The Dragon has long been a favorite of attacking stars, including Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura. You'll see their games and more in this detailed examination of an exciting opening.

IM
Keaton Kiewra
10 Lessons
Mastery
How to Play the Philidor Defense

How to Play the Philidor Defense

Join GM Ben Finegold on an instructive tour of the Philidor Defense. If you want to play with a pawn on e5, but don't want to work through hours of Ruy Lopez theory, this could be the line for you!

CCSCATL
10 Lessons
Mastery
Pirc Defense for Black

Pirc Defense for Black

Join GM Mackenzie Molner as he demonstrates one his favorite openings, the Pirc Defense. GM Molner has played the Pirc with success against countless opponents, including strong Grandmasters. It's also an opening that many chess stars like World Champion Kramnik play in must-win situations. Follow along and learn this fascinating opening.

GM
Mackenzie Molner
8 Lessons
Mastery
The Complete English Defense

The Complete English Defense

Join GM Simon Williams on a tour of one of his favorite openings, the English Defense. The English Defense can lead to sharp play right from the opening and Black can fight for the initiative from move one! Learn the secrets that have served GM Williams and the even the great Tony Miles in many games, even against World Champions.

GM
Simon Williams
5 Lessons
Mastery
The Complete Queen's Gambit Declined

The Complete Queen's Gambit Declined

Are you looking for a strategically rich, rock-solid defense against the Queen's Gambit that has been endorsed by almost all of the World Champions? Join GM Gregory Kaidanov for an in depth look at an opening that has been debated since the days of Steinitz and is still topical at the highest level today - the Queen's Gambit Declined. GM Kaidanov blends classical and modern ideas for both sides in all of the key lines and will prepare you to play with confidence against any level of competition.

GM
Gregory Kaidanov
10 Lessons
Mastery
The Complete Caro

The Complete Caro

Join 2018 US Champion Sam Shankland as he demonstrates one of his favorite openings, the Caro-Kann Defense. Shankland relied heavily on the Caro as he rose through the ranks and attained the Grandmaster title. Follow his in depth analysis and learn an opening you can play for your whole career.

GM
Sam Shankland
9 Lessons
Mastery
Why Simon Loves the Sicilian Dragandorf

Why Simon Loves the Sicilian Dragandorf

Join GM Simon Williams as he demonstrates a full system against 1.e4. Simon meets the Open Sicilian with the rare and double edged Dragandorf variation. He also demonstrates sharp attacking lines against every anti-Sicilian that White can throw at you!

GM
Simon Williams
7 Lessons
Mastery
Why Simon Loves the French Defense

Why Simon Loves the French Defense

GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense throughout his whole career and it has served him well, even against strong opposition. Now Simon presents an in depth course on how to handle every line of the French. It's a great system, allowing you to play for a win against all levels of opposition.

GM
Simon Williams
9 Lessons
Mastery
Beating the Anti-Sicilians

Beating the Anti-Sicilians

Join GM Ben Finegold as he shows how he defeats the anti-Sicilians in his own games. If you are trying to win big American open tournaments like Ben does you can't afford to give up too many draws, even with the Black pieces. Follow along and see how Ben creates sharp positions and attacks each sideline that White might throw at you.

CCSCATL
3 Lessons
Mastery
The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

The Scotch Mieses Theory and Middlegame

Learn the important Mieses Endgame! Review this course as many times as you need to in order to ensure that you can make that great claim! Good Luck...

IM
Daniel Rensch
8 Lessons
Mastery

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