What did GM Melikset Khachiyan and his students learn from the World Youth chess championships?
One lesson was the importance of dynamic thinking in chess, especially in as big a tournament as the World Youths.
Andrew Hong, one of Melik’s star students, took his shot at what Melik thinks was the most brutal section of the tournament, the under-12, and one look at his first game “should teach other kids how to play chess” dynamically and prophylactically, says Melik.
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IM Tania Sachdev makes her Chess.com video debut with this comprehensive lesson on the isolated queen’s pawn.
Should you fear an isolated pawn structure? Tania and Tarrasch both say no!
Learn all about this important structure from one of chess’s rising star personalities as she goes over the legendary Botvinnik's IQP game. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams thinks all amateur chess players make preventable mistakes — even space aliens.
The best way to stop mistakes before they happen is to sense the danger building up in the position. GM Williams examines his own games to illustrate this concept and to show you how to spot dangerous mistakes before it’s too late.
Watch this video and learn how to miss fewer and fewer crucial moments in chess. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his series on club-player-level mistakes, dealing today with an all-too-familiar demon: lazy calculation.
Sometimes lazy calculation can be an excuse for playing too passively, which compounds the error and ensures losing chess.
Learn how to go the extra step and calculate more completely and your rating will skyrocket. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan taught you how to keep your cool in his last lesson, but now he tackles a related topic: how not to panic.
Positions can arise in chess where you miss a tactic and the game is about to be lost. At these times, you must not panic, but instead focus your efforts on fighting back.
Learn how to not panic about the past and create your best chess future even when you’re losing a game. | Watch video
The best way to handle a stressful situation is to stay cool under the pressure, and this applies in chess as well as anywhere.
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how not to lose your head when the pieces and pawns are flying around the chessboard and the pressure is on.
Learn how to remain calm and find the right moves in complicated and stressful positions. | Watch video
FM Elliot Liu takes a cue from IM Daniel Rensch in starting a new video series on three things in chess you should always consider.
In this lesson, FM Liu examines a classic game between two of the best players ever, Botvinnik and Capablanca.
FM Liu calls this game a watershed moment for new thinking in chess. Find out why in this fun video. | Watch video
Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video? In part one of this fundamental video series, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening. In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure. If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
What are the three things you need to know about the middlegame?
Many chess players have a good idea of what to play in the opening, and endgames can be studied and memorized.
But what about the middlegame, when things are much less clear? FM Todd Andrews tells you what you need to know! | Watch video