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
“Something is not right” with Magnus Carlsen, says returning ChessCenter guest and TV2 Norway chess reported Kaja Marie Snare. Find out what she thinks is going on with the world champion in an exclusive segment.
Stick around for all the latest news from the London Chess Classic and the leadership crisis at FIDE.
Don’t miss some brilliant analysis by GM Max Dlugy and the moves of the week. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his series on club-player-level mistakes, dealing today with an all-too-familiar demon: lazy calculation.
Sometimes lazy calculation can be an excuse for playing too passively, which compounds the error and ensures losing chess.
Learn how to go the extra step and calculate more completely and your rating will skyrocket. | Watch video
GM Yermo takes a look at the best endgames from one of the most inspirational chess players ever, Mikhail Tal.
In this lesson, see how Tal masterfully handled a tricky bishop-vs-knight endgame — a topic applicable not only to grandmasters but players of every level. | 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
IM Daniel Rensch takes on the strongest chess computer ever in his popular #ChessMonday show. IM Rensch plays the world champion machine in a series of odds games before tackling even tougher fan-suggested positions. Click "play the computer" to try the Knightmare yourself! | Watch video
The ChessCenter team tackles some interesting questions on this week’s episode.
Could Magnus Carlsen beat Bobby Fischer and Mikhail Tal? Was Komodo's computer world championship performance the best ever? What is going on with FIDE's leadership? And who will win the battle for London coming up? | 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
IM Daniel Rensch takes on the strongest chess computer ever in his popular #ChessMonday show. IM Rensch has 45 minutes to beat the machine, starting with queen odds and working his way down. The last 45 minutes of the show are devoted to playing wacky positions suggested by fans. | Watch video