GM Melikset Khachiyan already used his experience at the World Youth to teach dynamic thinking, but now he zooms out and uses the same tournament to show you the overall positional skills of one of his students.
You won’t believe the first move played in this video — a move many players would not even consider.
Learn how this talented young chess player used GM Khachiyan’s coaching to achieve deep positional understanding. | Watch video
What did GM Melikset Khachiyan and his students learn from the World Youth chess championships?
One lesson was the importance of dynamic thinking in chess, especially in as big a tournament as the World Youths.
Andrew Hong, one of Melik’s star students, took his shot at what Melik thinks was the most brutal section of the tournament, the under-12, and one look at his first game “should teach other kids how to play chess” dynamically and prophylactically, says Melik.
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Can surprises in chess be good?
Sure, as long as you don’t take them too far.
In the 2015 Norway Chess tournament, the current world number four, Anish Giri, made an unusual move early to try to run over his opponent, Jon Ludvig Hammer.
Learn how Hammer was able to stop the Dutchman’s idea in this video lesson from Hammer 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
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her comprehensive lesson series on the English Attack against the Sicilian, this time taking on the most popular variation of all, the fearsome main line Najdorf.
Learn how to use this aggressive weapon for White to take down what many consider the strongest Sicilian variation. | 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