How did two of the most famous 20th-century grandmasters handle the Carlsbad pawn structure?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you an educational game between Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen in the relevant pawn structure.
How does Botvinnik get the better of Larsen in this match-up? GM Khachiyan explains how Larsen failed to maintain the needed tension between the white and black pawns. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky faces some new ideas in the Catalan Nimzo-Indian by a talented young player during a key round of the North American Open in Las Vegas.
Watch how the experienced GM handles an unexpected opening — and apply those principles in your own games when the opening doesn’t go as planned.
Learn how GM Yermo draws on the knowledge of past world champions to apply the pressure — and stick around for a nice attacking, sacrificial ending. | Watch video
Who better to learn the Carlsbad pawn structure from than the great Mikhail Tal?
GM Melikset Khachiyan continues his series on the Carslbad structure with an enlightening game from the former world champion.
Learn how both sides planned their strategies in this hard-fought, lesser-known game. | Watch video
You’ve seen GM Simon Williams’ crazy gambits against the Sicilian, the Caro-Kann, and the King’s Pawn defenses, but what is there to do against the French, perhaps Black’s most solid response to e4?
Don’t worry — there’s a spicy gambit available against the French, too, and it will infuriate any opponent who wants to stick to the main lines.
Learn how to achieve an almost-unbreakable attacking setup early in the game with this powerful idea. | Watch video
The Carlsbad is a popular topic on Chess.com, and GM Melikset Khachiyan chimes in with an instructive lesson on the opening system from another Harry Nelson Pillsbury game.
Even though this game was played more than 100 years ago, its opening ideas are relevant today.
Learn the crucial plans for both sides in this popular opening as GM Khachiyan reviews the most important lines. | Watch video
Are you tired of boring chess? Had your fill of “positional rubbish”?
GM Simon Williams would like to introduce you to what he calls the Delayed Wing Gambit against Black’s Sicilian Defense.
Has GM Williams finally gone mad by recommending you play 2. a3? Find out in this wild video -- there's another surprise coming on a3, too!
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What’s the secret opening that impressed a young Magnus Carlsen?
GM Simon Williams unveils the Hillbilly Attack, a crazy and aggressive gambit your opponent has probably never seen in his life.
Learn the key ideas of this rootin’-tootin’ opening to blast your opponent off the board! | Watch video
GM Dejan Bojkov continues his examination of the Ruy Lopez with another masterpiece by Boleslavsky.
Learn the various options available in the main line Ruy Lopez, the most deeply analyzed of all the king pawn openings.
How did Boleslavsky smash open Black’s defenses after a “careless” opening from his opponent?
GM Bojkov demonstrates the winning technique you need to know if you play e4!
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GM Melikset Khachiyan analyzes an important game between two super-GMs -- Boris Gelfand and Alexander Morozevich -- to reveal some new opening theory you need to add to your repertoire.
Do you know the “Quiet Variation” of the Slav Defense? Melik has succinct advice for you about the key ideas in this modern opening.
As Melik says, when you attack, always attack big — but first learn how to generate an attack from this opening. | Watch video
Do you know one of the most flexible openings against 1. d4?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn continues his theme on powerful attacking pawn chains with a lesson on the King’s Indian Defense, which is often the preferred system for aggressive players against the queen’s pawn opening.
GM Perelshteyn shows you all the relevant lines in this opening to achieve an attack with its signature central pawn chain. | Watch video