All levels of chess players make mistakes. Beginners might miss simple tactics or even mates in one. Grandmasters might make deep miscalculations or subtle positional errors. But what kind of mistakes do intermediate, club-level players make, and how can they be avoided? GM Simon Williams is here with a new series on these mistakes, starting off with the very common error of playing too defensively. | 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
How can you attack like Mikhail Tal, one of the most ferocious chess players in history?
GM Simon Williams shows you how in this fun and educational lesson on his favorite chess player of all time.
Learn the secret to conjuring fierce attacks over the board and you too can play like “the magician of Riga.” | Watch video
The best way to handle a stressful situation is to stay cool under the pressure, and this applies in chess as well as anywhere.
GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you how not to lose your head when the pieces and pawns are flying around the chessboard and the pressure is on.
Learn how to remain calm and find the right moves in complicated and stressful positions. | 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 Melikset Khachiyan continues his lesson on applying pressure in chess with another instructive review of one of his recent tournament games.
Learn how to put the squeeze even harder to your opponent in this video lesson, and find out how Melik did against one of his own students, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan.
If you play the Najdorf Sicilian, you won’t want to miss this positional game. | Watch video