Join the Chess.com team for this week’s ChessCenter and see some of the most amazing moves along with the best in chess news and entertainment.
Find out how the world’s strongest computer escaped from what looked like impossible circumstances. See a slam-dunk queen sacrifice mate. And you won’t believe a blunder made in the St. Louis showdown between Nakamura and Caruana.
Is Carlsen the Ronda Rousey of chess? And which world champion would win the Game of Thrones? | Watch video
What are some of the most devastating ways to attack with White against the Sicilian Defense? Queen and rook lifts!
GM Dejan Bojkov shows you a sparkling Nigel Short brilliancy where he used these tactical ideas to defeat one of the best players in Chinese history.
Take note of these powerful concepts for use in your own Sicilian games. | Watch video
Your opponent just played the open Sicilian — now you have to decide how to attack it.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan recommends the powerful English Attack against the Najdorf, and you won’t believe how in-depth her lesson on this opening gets.
In the introduction, learn the options and move orders you need to know for your Sicilian repertoire. | Watch video
Has Hikaru Nakamura changed his chess style?
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer thinks so.
Watch Hammer’s debut Chess.com video as he reviews one of his own games with America’s number-one player. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky presents high level endgame drama in this game from Tomashevsky - Nguyen as even a two pawn up knight endgame proves challenging to convert. Are you confident that your technique is up to snuff? Yermo demonstrates the keys to winning such endgames including tricky deflections, tempo sacrifices, and zugzwangs. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinsky is here to demystify the complex world of knight endgames. Even for Yermo, knight endgames are some of the most challenging due to the complex knight jumps and the lack of established rules and theoretical positions. Kick back as Yermo uses textbook examples from the games of Polgar and Svidler to give you all the theoretical knowledge you'll need to win your next knight endgame. | Watch video
The 2015 FIDE World Cup in Baku was one of the most exciting chess events in recent memory, but what was the biggest upset from this huge knockout tournament?
GM Yermolinksy posits that it was Levon Aronian being taken out by GM Alexander Areshchenko.
Learn how Areshchenko was able to pull off the upset as GM Yermo analyzes the most exciting endgame of the match, in the first tiebreak. | Watch video
Sergey Karjakin was a one-man wrecking crew at the recent Russia-China international match, destroying the best Chinese grandmasters in his wake.
GM Alex Yermolinksy reviews Karjakin’s masterful rook endgame technique from this event, showing you how to play these extremely difficult positions.
Don’t forget to read FM Mike Klein’s full news report on Karjakin’s win in the related links. | 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
GM Alex Yermolinsky is back with the final word on opposite-color bishop endgames with pawns on the board.
Learn the crucial differences between various important positions, and note how even the most subtle changes can totally change the outcome of the ending.
These endgames are so variable that they defy mathematical rules, and some of the positions in this video will make you wish the board had an “i-file” for your king to use. | Watch video