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
The ChessCenter team is back with everything you need to know about a very busy week in chess.
Find out how the Russians swept the Euro team championships, and watch a ferocious computer lizard devour Stockfish in the strongest chess match ever held.
See what kind of chess personality Hikaru Nakamura has, and don’t forget to take the quiz yourself in the related links. | 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