This game needs no introduction. It shocked chess fans around the world. It even won the 2015 ChessCenter award for upset of the year.
Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, lost to his friend GM Jon Ludwig Hammer at the 2015 Norway Chess tournament.
Now hear all about this instant classic game straight from the winner, Hammer himself. | Watch video
The ChessCenter team hands out awards for the best in chess this past year.
Watch the full video to find out the player of the year, the shocking upset when someone beat Magnus Carlsen, the incredible blunder of the year played by Hikaru Nakamura, and much more. | Watch video
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