Chess is all over pop culture lately, with an upcoming Disney movie revolving around a young chess player, and a chess scene featured in the Captain America blockbuster.
Politics and chess clash again this week as Levon Aronian gets embroiled in a Twitter discussion about the role of women in chess.
And don’t miss what could be the best move of the week in a while as GM Robert Hess and IM Danny Rensch break it all down for you. | Watch video
What’s one way to make (or break) a blockade?
Sacrificing your queen, of course.
FM Mike Klein returns with his critically acclaimed queen sac series to show you how jettisoning the lady can help you create or burst through a crucial blockade.
You don’t have to be in Latvia to appreciate these beautiful queen sacs, but it helps! | Watch video
Which side of the board should you play on? You have to read the tea leaves, or in this case, the pawn structure. GM Khachiyan shows a surprising middlegame king walk that allows Black the full power of his rooks in the attack. Black does well to blockade the side of the board he is worse on, and from there it's all over but the crying, or rather the resigning. Know where you are stronger, and you'll attack with the best also! | Watch video
Who else would you rather spend a solid block of four hours with? IM Danny Rensch makes his 2013 USCL debut and is joined by GM Ben Finegold as they give their usual witty commentary and hilarious banter to cover the semifinals. Could Miami take their season-best regular season record into the finals? Which teenager would come through in the New York - New England match? Watch and find out! | Watch video
What happens when a former U.S. Women's Champion and a former U.S. Champion collide? The two engage in a feisty debate over the power of the famous isolated queen pawn. Black does a decent job blockading the d-pawn, but white launches a powerful attack anyway. Practitioners of the c3-Sicilian need to learn these ideas, but since so many openings can offer the same pawn structure, we are all advised to master the formation. | Watch video