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
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
Why would a long-time d4 player switch to e4 for a game or two?
Because it’s just a fun way to play.
Learn the benefits of this chess approach from GM Alex Yermolinsky, who reviews his own foray into the fun world of 1. e4 as a way to break up the monotony and possibly even change his luck. | Watch video
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
It’s a new year, and it’s time to take another look at the first move every chess player learns: 1.e4.
GM Alex Yermolinsky shows you a game from a recent tournament where he surprised everyone by playing e4 to start.
Even if you’re not a regular e4 player, “why not have some fun” with the opening, as GM Yermo says? | Watch video
Everyone knows you can learn from a chess teacher, but how do you play against one?
IM Keaton Kiewra has the answer in his latest video lesson.
Learn how Kiewra played a well-known and active chess coach in a recent tournament in Southern California.
Enjoy the most fun and exciting game of Kierwa’s 2015 chess adventure. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra takes on a talented chess prodigy and decides to adopt the Scheveningen system instead of his pet Dragon Sicilian.
Watch how IM Kiewra handles his opponent’s interesting anti-Sicilian by drawing on his own anti-Sicilian experience with White.
Learn how to use the Scheveningen against a non-traditional structure in this important lesson. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer shows you one of the most spectacular games he has ever played — and this game has it all.
Hammer faces Veselin Topalov, and the Norwegian sacrifices a piece for a furious queenside attack.
The fireworks continue all game as Topalov first shows his defensive prowess and then his endgame technique.
The tragedy? Hammer makes a terrible blunder on his last move that turns what would have been a fighting draw into an instant loss.
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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