No, it’s not the English Opening — it’s the English Defense!
Join GM Simon Williams for his second lesson on this aggressive response to queen's pawn openings.
Learn how to use your f-pawn to quickly unbalance the position and throw a major wrench in all of White’s plans. | Watch video
Tactics decide most chess games, but as you advance in strength, you will find that strategy becomes increasingly important.
So how can you improve your chess strategy? GM Perelshteyn is back with five easy-to-digest strategic tidbits in this can’t-miss video lesson.
Don’t forget to read the companion article in the related links. | Watch video
Have you ever faced an opponent who played the Grand Prix?
GM Simon Williams shows you how to bust open this annoying anti-Sicilian system, gaining the wild and entertaining game you want.
Learn how to play against jolly old England’s favorite anti-Sicilian in this enlightening video lesson. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov is back with another lesson in the most authoritative video series on the Queen’s Gambit in chess history.
Learn the crucial 5. Bf4 lines in this deep and complex opening from one of the top chess theoreticians in the world. | Watch video
You probably know that hesitating in chess is bad, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly things fall apart after one unjustified delay.
GM Alex Yermolinsky examines an unusual game from the Russian team championships to illustrate this important chess truth.
Just as White is about to consolidate his position, Black uses that moment to start a deadly attack. You don’t want to miss the double rook sacrifice at the end. | Watch video
GM Gregory Kaidanov continues his Queen’s Gambit primer with one of the most important variations: the Classical.
This historic opening was famously battle-tested in the Alekhine-Capablanca world championship match, and it remains relevant today.
Learn how there is still a lot of play left in this old opening from a master teacher. | Watch video
GM Melikset Khachiyan walks you through the key idea of the positional sacrifice in one of his own instructive games.
You’d better get ready to take notes, because this video is full of Melik’s positional advice.
Learn everything you need to know about both sides of the positional sacrifice in this lesson.
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GM Simon Williams is back with more crucial information on the Dragodorf, a relatively unknown hybrid between the Dragon and the Najdorf.
Use this new opening idea to surprise your opponents and attack them mercilessly.
Learn how GM Williams shocked one of the best players in the world with this novel set-up. | Watch video
You’ve chosen to play the King’s Indian, but how can you expect your games to proceed?
GM Rashad Babaev shows you some quintessential King’s Indian games so you can familiarize yourself with the ideas and goals of the opening.
Learn the common plans crucial for success in this dynamic opening. | Watch video
If you’re going to play the Queen’s Gambit Declined, you’ll need to know several move orders in case your opponent chooses something you weren’t first expecting.
What can Black play against different White move orders? GM Gregory Kaidanov gives you a comprehensive lesson on this important opening topic.
Watch this video to round out your queen’s pawn opening repertoire. | Watch video