How would you feel playing the Scandinavian opening against a Scandinavian player?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan wasn’t afraid when her Finnish opponent played 1…d5.
WGM Abrahamyan explains how you can rely on common sense principles to safely handle surprise openings from your opponents — even when those openings are named after their homelands.
The trick is not to get into a battle of preparation in their pet openings. Simply play sound moves and outplay them in the middlegame.
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GM Alex Yermolinsky resumes his analysis of Boris Gelfand's game with the red-hot Fabiano Caruana at the 2014 Grand Prix in Baku.
Watch GM Yermo break down this exciting, asymmetrical game in one of 2014’s most important tournaments. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky focuses on Boris Gelfand's strong early performance at the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix in Baku.
GM Yermo analyzes two of Gelfand's games from the Grand Prix, including a gargantuan tilt with Fabiano Caruana. | Watch video
Can Reti squeeze a win out of what looks like a textbook draw?
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his analysis of Reti’s brilliant play, picking up this time in the early endgame against Romanovsky.
Learn how Reti creates advantageous imbalances from this seemingly lifeless position. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra takes on all-comers in a live blitz session on Chess.com.
Watch how IM Kiewra handles tricky positions against some of the strongest players on the site, and learn the ideas behind every move.
Will IM Kiewra be able to win his matches while trying to explain everything he’s doing? Stick around to the end to find out.
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Have you ever seen a strong GM analyze a game by two players rated in the 1300s?
Watch GM Roman Dzindzichashvili review an intermediate-level game by two Chess.com members.
GM Dzindzichashvili shows you how simple calculation errors can nullify brilliant positional and strategic ideas.
Learn how to find the hidden resources you didn’t even know you had to save or win a game. | 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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GM Ben Finegold continues his series on exciting draws with this thrilling tilt between Caruana and Kramnik.
Learn how GM Finegold evaluates an unbalanced but equal middlegame resulting from the Berlin Defense, and learn why Kramnik chose his variation with Black.
See how Kramnik gets compensation from being down an entire rook and eventually secures the draw. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent has all the advantages in a game?
Try to create as much confusion as possible!
FM Mike Klein explains how to stir up complications when you have little left to lose, the key to making a comeback. | Watch video
How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | Watch video