It’s a new year, and it’s time to take another look at the first move every chess player learns: 1.e4.
GM Alex Yermolinsky shows you a game from a recent tournament where he surprised everyone by playing e4 to start.
Even if you’re not a regular e4 player, “why not have some fun” with the opening, as GM Yermo says? | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her comprehensive lesson series on the English Attack against the Sicilian, this time taking on the most popular variation of all, the fearsome main line Najdorf.
Learn how to use this aggressive weapon for White to take down what many consider the strongest Sicilian variation. | Watch video
How can you turn a dragon into your pet?
IM Keaton Kiewra just finished a marathon of chess tournaments, and he is back with a new lesson on how to use one of Black’s most aggressive openings to play a stronger opponent.
Learn how Keaton took on the tournament’s top seed as Black in this sharp and popular Sicilian Dragon. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her extensive primer on how to use the English Attack against the extremely popular Najdorf Sicilian by Black.
Learn how the crushing move in games resulting from this opening might not be spectacular but instead subtly powerful, winning the game for you on the spot before your opponent even realizes what happened. | Watch video
Your opponent just played the open Sicilian — now you have to decide how to attack it.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan recommends the powerful English Attack against the Najdorf, and you won’t believe how in-depth her lesson on this opening gets.
In the introduction, learn the options and move orders you need to know for your Sicilian repertoire. | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov goes in-depth on a lesson in one of the most powerful maneuvers in any attacking player’s arsenal: the rook lift in the Sicilian.
Learn how to use this devastating weapon to blast open your opponent’s position and end the game quickly afterward. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan concludes his excellent series on restriction with a lesson on how to play the Ruy Lopez with this theme in mind.
GM Khachiyan reviews one of his favorite games ever, an exciting battle between Anatoly Karpov and Ulf Andersson.
Learn from these two legendary masters in this final lesson on restriction. | Watch video
If you’ve made it this far in GM Simon Williams’ examination of the French Defense, you’ve got to watch the last video in this educational series.
Simon wraps up his French lessons with the odds and ends of the opening to make your knowledge complete, including how to play against the “spicy” wing gambit.
After this video you will be able to stare down 1. e4 with full confidence. | Watch video
How did Bobby Fischer play against the French Defense as White, and what can you do to respond to his system?
GM Simon Williams continues his love letter to the French with this fun and important video lesson on the King’s Indian Attack. | Watch video
It took GM Simon Williams 25 years to master the French Defense, but it should take you a lot less time now that you know all his secrets.
Get ready for a lesson on perhaps the most popular of White’s responses to the French Defense — the classical variation with Nc3.
Learn what to do against this important variation favored by some of best players in the world, including Fischer and Tal. | Watch video