Everyone knows the Sicilian is a fighting opening, where both sides need to go all-in on their plans.
But how do you gain the initiative in such a hotly contested opening?
GM Melikset Khachiyan reviews one of his own recent games to show you exactly the plan you need. | Watch video
How did one of the greatest players of all time push his pawns?
Find out how the future world champion Garry Kasparov used his mobile pawns to attack in this instructive lesson by GM Eugene Perelshteyn.
Watch the young Kasparov practically blast his opponent off the board with his powerful marching central pawns. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein concludes his exceptional queen sacrifice series with a look at the best queen sacs of the millennium.
You won’t want to miss these modern brilliancies, especially with the best checkmate of the entire series coming up in the video.
After you watch, be sure to mention your own favorite queen sacs in the comment section. | Watch video
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is one of the most important openings in chess, and GM Gregory Kaidanov begins a new series devoted to it.
Learn the origin, history, basic ideas, move orders, and transpositions of this solid opening. Then dive deep into the variations where the c and d pawns are exchanged early.
The Queen’s Gambit Declined is as relevant as ever today, even making an appearance at the most recent world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. | Watch video
Want to see some queen sacrifices from the best players in the world?
FM Mike Klein continues his scintillating series with world champion queen sacrifices.
Learn from some of the greatest players of all time and appreciate the beauty of this exciting tactic. | Watch video
Appreciating pawns in chess may be an old idea, but it’s still relevant in modern chess.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn analyzes a fairly recent game between two strong grandmasters where a strong pawn center is worth more than an entire piece.
Learn how to use pawn power to destroy your opponent’s defenses, even when you have to give up some material to crack open the position. | Watch video
What opening would Mike Tyson choose if he played chess?
GM Simon Williams thinks he’d pick a super-aggressive opening, probably one from the “spicy” series.
Continuing to reveal his secret opening repertoire, GM Williams shows you his favorite setups against the Scandinavian Defense. | Watch video
If your opponent makes a mistake and you don’t take advantage of it, you’ve made a mistake yourself!
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili reviews a hilarious member game full of both kinds of errors.
Learn how to evaluate positions immediately after your opponent makes a misstep — and how not to return the favor by making a bad move in reply.
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When are a few pawns worth more than a queen and rook put together?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn shows you an unbelievable famous game where the power of pawns was on full display.
Learn how to march your pawn majority forward at any cost to win in spectacular fashion. | Watch video
The French Defense is considered one of the most solid options for Black, so how do you gain an initiative against it?
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how he did it in a recent game vs. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
Learn Melik’s tips for using quick development to create a formidable attacking plan in this classic opening. | Watch video