GM Jon Ludvig Hammer shows you one of the most spectacular games he has ever played — and this game has it all.
Hammer faces Veselin Topalov, and the Norwegian sacrifices a piece for a furious queenside attack.
The fireworks continue all game as Topalov first shows his defensive prowess and then his endgame technique.
The tragedy? Hammer makes a terrible blunder on his last move that turns what would have been a fighting draw into an instant loss.
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Reports of Magnus Carlsen’s downfall were slightly premature.
The world chess champion won everything worth winning in London, and ChessCenter has your full report. Did you know that Magnus also appeared with Muhammad Ali and Maria Sharapova? Where was it? Watch to find out.
Stick around for the move and blunder of the week, both taken from an endgame that will be in chess books for centuries. | Watch video
Mikhail Tal is famous for his spectacular king hunts, but not all of them were in the middlegame.
Sometimes the great master went after the opponent’s king even with most of the pieces cleared off the board — and he was no less deadly.
GM Alex Yermolinsky delivers an endgame lesson to remind you that against Tal, your king was never safe. | Watch video
GM Yermolinsky is back with another look at the subtle genius of Mikhail Tal’s endgame play.
While the great world champion was rightfully known for his ferocious and sacrificial attacks, he was also a master of the endgame, as Uncle Yermo explains in this lesson.
Watch how Tal finesses a beautiful opposite-colored bishop endgame to secure the full point. | Watch video
GM Yermo takes a look at the best endgames from one of the most inspirational chess players ever, Mikhail Tal.
In this lesson, see how Tal masterfully handled a tricky bishop-vs-knight endgame — a topic applicable not only to grandmasters but players of every level. | Watch video