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
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 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
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
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent insists on going slow?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you an entertaining game from the “San Diego Surfers” chess league match where White eschewed sharper lines to enter into a non-theoretical Stonewall system.
So how do you beat these plans? Create complications and you will throw your slow opponent’s schemes awry — and hopefully he will panic.
Stick around for Keaton’s advice on what to do when you want to play slow yourself. | 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
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her extensive primer on how to use the English Attack against the extremely popular Najdorf Sicilian by Black.
Learn how the crushing move in games resulting from this opening might not be spectacular but instead subtly powerful, winning the game for you on the spot before your opponent even realizes what happened. | 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
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