Even if you’ve got a concrete advantage going into the endgame, you could fail to take home the full point if you release the tension too early.
FM Alisa Melekhina illustrates this vital concept with one of her recent games from the women’s world team championships.
Learn what happens when you fail to keep to tension, and how to avoid this strategic mistake. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina keeps up the tension in her next video from the Women’s World Teams event.
Reviewing one of her own games from the tournament, FM Melekhina discusses the practical value of keeping your options open when your opponent is in time trouble.
Learn how you can keep up the pressure even after most of the pieces have been traded off — late middlegames and endgames have tension, too.
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FM Alisa Melekhina thoroughly analyzes one of her recent games to teach you the importance of keeping the tension on the chessboard.
After building a very promising position out of a hyper-accelerated Dragon, FM Melekhina explains how she could have improved even more by doing one simple thing.
You don’t want to miss this video, where every important move is discussed in depth. | Watch video
Ever get that sinking feeling in your stomach when your opponent sacrifices a piece?
Imagine what Tal’s opponents must have felt when the mad genius unexpectedly threw a piece at them for positional reasons.
FM Alisa Melekhina concludes her Tal video series with a look at his most devastating positional sacrifices. | Watch video
Do the world’s best players ever lose in about 20 moves? When they played against Tal, they did.
FM Alisa Melekhina shows you four quick and brilliant games by the great attacking master.
Watch how Tal conjures decisive combinations seemingly out of thin air in these four amazing games.
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FM Alisa Melekhina demonstrates the three best queen sacrifices by the greatest sacrificer of all time: Mikhail Tal.
Unlike many super-GM games today that are steeped in theory, Tal’s romantic games were ripe with the possibility for spectacular sacrifices.
FM Melekhina shows how Tal would often sacrifice without a specific variation set in stone, but instead for a general sense of superior piece play and possibilities. | Watch video
In our final video on the U.S. Championships, FM Melekhina and FM Liu show related positions and ideas, but different outcomes. When is the king safe on f8 and when is he not? Who played for a win when he only needed a draw and who took the perpetual? And who missed mate in 17 in an Armageddon game?! OK, we all would have missed that! Watch and see all the moments that were worthy of examination! | Watch video
It's an all-FM Sportscenter highlight package today on Chess.com. FM Melekhina and FM Liu discuss the critical moments of the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship. We had a four-queens endgame, a touch-move blunder, a critical 1 vs. 2 matchup in the Women's, a 1 vs. 2 snoozefest in the Men's, and other moments worthy of discussion. Who knew chess could be so controversial? | Watch video
A worse rook ending and a better queen ending. What's the fair result? Watch and see FM Alisa Melekhina grovel for a draw and push for the win at the 2014 U.S. Women's Championship. Learn some techniques for how to defend worse positions, and see the precarious line that divides each half point. If you "drive for show and putt for dough" then endgames are surely the green of chess. Learn the basics and you'll never three-putt! | Watch video
Two commentators for one recorded video - a Chess.com first? FM Alisa Melekhina is joined by friend WGM Sabina Foisor as they break down an obscure gambit in the French advance. Melekhina shows a classic win, then shows how she could have kept the initiative in two games at the U.S. Championship. Her results may not show it, but the gambit has teeth. What do you think of dialogue of two presenters? Let us know in the comments! | Watch video