Even if you’ve got a concrete advantage going into the endgame, you could fail to take home the full point if you release the tension too early.
FM Alisa Melekhina illustrates this vital concept with one of her recent games from the women’s world team championships.
Learn what happens when you fail to keep to tension, and how to avoid this strategic mistake. | Watch video
You probably know that hesitating in chess is bad, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly things fall apart after one unjustified delay.
GM Alex Yermolinsky examines an unusual game from the Russian team championships to illustrate this important chess truth.
Just as White is about to consolidate his position, Black uses that moment to start a deadly attack. You don’t want to miss the double rook sacrifice at the end. | Watch video
GM Maurice Ashley continues his popular series on the best of the 2014 Millionaire Chess tournament, the richest open in chess history.
Enjoy this spirited battle for the right to move on to “Millionaire Monday,” where more than $700,000 in cash prizes were at stake.
Pawns and pieces fly all over the board in this can’t-miss game. | Watch video
How do you approach a game you know is going to get complicated?
GM Sam Shankland concluded his super-tournament series with a complex attacking game full of wild tactical possibilities.
Get inside GM Shankland’s head as he explains what he was thinking on every move, and learn how he compares to Magnus Carlsen in time pressure. | Watch video
GM Maxim Dlugy is back with another blitz opening to add to your arsenal.
While the Leningrad Dutch is considered positionally suspect by some players, it’s a perfect opening for blitz, because White has to spend considerable time calculating how to prove any advantage tactically.
Learn how some of the best players in the world use this opening as a weapon. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina keeps up the tension in her next video from the Women’s World Teams event.
Reviewing one of her own games from the tournament, FM Melekhina discusses the practical value of keeping your options open when your opponent is in time trouble.
Learn how you can keep up the pressure even after most of the pieces have been traded off — late middlegames and endgames have tension, too.
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The Sicilian is great, but what if you or your opponent choose to avoid the open Sicilian?
You’ve ventured into anti-Sicilian territory.
Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically “spicy” introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you ever play 1. e4. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra is back with a live blitz session on Chess.com, explaining his ideas in real time as he plays.
Starting out with a Budapest Gambit, IM Kiewra reveals a deep knowledge of opening theory as he fires off moves as quickly as he can make them.
Enjoy a top blitz master in action during this informative video. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina thoroughly analyzes one of her recent games to teach you the importance of keeping the tension on the chessboard.
After building a very promising position out of a hyper-accelerated Dragon, FM Melekhina explains how she could have improved even more by doing one simple thing.
You don’t want to miss this video, where every important move is discussed in depth. | Watch video
You can’t play the Queen’s Gambit Declined if you don’t know Lasker’s Defense.
Take a lesson on this complex positional set-up from one of the world’s greatest chess theoreticians, GM Gregory Kaidanov.
Learn how to evaluate the opening from both sides in this informative video. | Watch video