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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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
Take a lesson in the “old school” of chess with GM Alex Yermolinsky as he continues the new Simult format with live commentary! How will your fellow Chess.com members fair vs GM Yermo! Enjoy this full replay of GM Yermolinksy’s live show that was originally broadcast on Jan, 18 2016 | Watch video
IM Rensch takes on "The Lizard" in another round of Man vs Machine at material odds! He starts off playing with Queens odds but its blitz so who know what kind of craziness will happen on the board! But it really comes down to technique and Rensch explains why playing against engines is actually beneficial! | Watch video
ChessCenter is back with the results of the biggest man vs machine match in decades: Komodo's decisive win over America's #1, Hikaru Nakamura.
Find out what Chess.com journalist Peter Doggers has to say about the big news out of Norway, and stick around for the move and blunder of the week. | Watch video
GM Ivan Sokolov makes his Chess.com video debut with an in-depth lesson on the classical Ruy Lopez.
You might not realize some of the hidden advantages of the classical move order, but GM Sokolov is here to guide you on this deep dive into historical chess theory.
In this lesson, learn the two main options White has on the fourth move of the traditional Lopez, and see how Black’s knight responds in each option — including the lines GM Sokolov recommends himself. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams says we play chess for two main reasons: to have fun, and to get better.
This new lesson series on attacking king hunts will help you do both as Simon shows you the beautiful and deadly ways to go after the enemy king.
Learn how to calculate like a grandmaster does in this first lesson in a can't-miss series from the Ginger GM. | Watch video
Should you be embarrassed to play the king's pawn openings without much preparation?
Of course not.
GM Alex Yermolinsky concludes his series on “the fun way to play” with a review of one of his recent games from the Belgrade tournament.
Learn how Yermo easily handles his opponent’s unorthodox early Qf6 in a Ruy Lopez. | 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
Its Bobbing for Dlugy with Blitz Master GM Maxim Dlugy! We all remember his "Best Blitz Opening" series and now we get to see the master put his suggestions into practice battling Chess.com members head to head with all the educational commentary and trash talking you could dream of! Check out this full replay from Jan 11, 2016! | Watch video