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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Mikhail Tal is famous for his spectacular king hunts, but not all of them were in the middlegame.
Sometimes the great master went after the opponent’s king even with most of the pieces cleared off the board — and he was no less deadly.
GM Alex Yermolinsky delivers an endgame lesson to remind you that against Tal, your king was never safe. | Watch video
When should you get rid of your prized fianchettoed bishop? GM Jon Ludvig Hammer discusses this important question in reviewing a recent game against the super-GM Alexander Grischuk.
Find out how messing up your opponent’s pawn structure might be worth your bishop for his knight in this relevant lesson. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan taught you how to keep your cool in his last lesson, but now he tackles a related topic: how not to panic.
Positions can arise in chess where you miss a tactic and the game is about to be lost. At these times, you must not panic, but instead focus your efforts on fighting back.
Learn how to not panic about the past and create your best chess future even when you’re losing a game. | Watch video
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL.
Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra brings you an exciting game from the tournament in honor of the great Anatoly Karpov.
Watch as Sutovsky uses some of his own “fire on board” to beat the legendary Alexey Shirov in a game where both sides launched all-out attacks.
IM Kiewra explains the chess fireworks as he reviews this must-see game. | Watch video
Is there anything more exciting in chess than a runaway passed pawn in a rapid game?
IM Keaton Kiewra likens San Francisco’s rocket boat experience to playing a rapid chess game — except the chess game might be more intense.
Learn how IM Kierwa was able to overcome an awkward position to race his pawns to pay dirt. | 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
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
How do you squeeze your opponent like a snake? GM Melik Khachiyan shows you the way in this important lesson.
Watch GM Melik do his best Petrosian impression in one of his recent tournament games, and learn how to use positional advantages as a deadly weapon in your own games. | Watch video