Magnus Carlsen will face Tigran L. Petrosian on June 23 after the Armenian grandmaster won the strongest online blitz tournament ever this week.
Does he have a chance against the world champ? The ChessCenter team weighs in.
Plus check out the best and worst chess of May in our fun segment. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
Not many players skip over the IM title on their way to GM, but a young Armenian kid is attempting to do just that. After opening with the London System, he shows fantastic positional understanding by offering an exchange to weaken Black's dark squares. Let's see...who else plays the London and is a positional wizard? Starts with "K" ends with "amsky". Watch the two bishops carve up the enemy and you'll see why GM Khachiyan is so high on this youngster! | Watch video
Many fans predict that Levon Aronian will be Magnus Carlsen's main challenger in the next few years. GM Yermolinsky takes a look at a game from last year in which the Armenian had a multitude of positional advantages against the Norwegian. But as is well documented, Carlsen always finds resources and counterplay. Our author says that he remains stoic at the board - maybe he had everything under control the whole way? Watch how he ditches a few pawns to fight back! | Watch video
Who better to spotlight recent developments in the Armenian Variation of the Winawer than an Armenian-American herself? WGM Tatev Abrahamyan opens up her personal Pandora's box of Winawer secrets once again to highlight how black can repulse the gangbuster attacks of white on the kingside. Why leave your chess engine running all night when she did it for you? | Watch video