Can surprises in chess be good?
Sure, as long as you don’t take them too far.
In the 2015 Norway Chess tournament, the current world number four, Anish Giri, made an unusual move early to try to run over his opponent, Jon Ludvig Hammer.
Learn how Hammer was able to stop the Dutchman’s idea in this video lesson from Hammer himself. | Watch video
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
Everyone knows you can learn from a chess teacher, but how do you play against one?
IM Keaton Kiewra has the answer in his latest video lesson.
Learn how Kiewra played a well-known and active chess coach in a recent tournament in Southern California.
Enjoy the most fun and exciting game of Kierwa’s 2015 chess adventure. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra takes on a talented chess prodigy and decides to adopt the Scheveningen system instead of his pet Dragon Sicilian.
Watch how IM Kiewra handles his opponent’s interesting anti-Sicilian by drawing on his own anti-Sicilian experience with White.
Learn how to use the Scheveningen against a non-traditional structure in this important lesson. | Watch video
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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GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is back with another lesson from Norway Chess, and this time his opponent is a 2016 world champion candidate, Fabiano Caruana.
Watch how GM Hammer uses his b-pawn to influence the center and secure a draw with the black pieces against the American superstar. | Watch video
When should you get rid of your prized fianchettoed bishop? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer discusses this important question in reviewing a recent game against the super-GM Alexander Grischuk.
Find out how messing up your opponent’s pawn structure might be worth your bishop for his knight in this relevant lesson. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL.
Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra brings you an exciting game from the tournament in honor of the great Anatoly Karpov.
Watch as Sutovsky uses some of his own “fire on board” to beat the legendary Alexey Shirov in a game where both sides launched all-out attacks.
IM Kiewra explains the chess fireworks as he reviews this must-see game. | Watch video