One of the most exciting and dangerous formations in chess is an attacking pawn chain.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates how to accomplish this menacing setup in a very common opening, the Torre Attack!
Even if you’re an e4 player, you can often achieve this exact pawn chain in your openings, as well. | Watch video
Hack Attack is back with IM Thomas Rendle. You know the routine: Castle Opposite, Never Trade Queens, and Attack Attack Attack! Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on December 15. | Watch video
IM Thomas Rendle takes on all comers in another brillant episode of Hack Attack. Today we kick it off with a bit slower match of 5 minutes plus 2 seconds. Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on November 17. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan walks you through a fascinating attacking game she played in the Politiken Cup.
Find out why WGM Abrahamyan chose an Italian Game over the more popular Ruy Lopez against her opponent’s e5 opening.
Learn what she thinks about the various systems in this popular beginners’ opening, why she deviates from the usual Italian move order, and her advice on how to build a kingside attack in a closed center. | Watch video
With so many lines available, what does GM Dzindzichashvili recommend as the "guideline" you should use when choosing a variation against the Sämisch? Whichever is easiest for you of course!
Roman reviews the theory behind the 6...c6 variation of the Sämisch, highlighting Black's positional ideas and solid approach towards undermining White's center.
Look for more soon on Roman's approach to the King's Indian Defense! | Watch video
IM Rusa Goletiani shows you how to limit your opponent’s best ideas in her debut video for Chess.com.
You will learn two ways to stop your opponent’s plans before they happen:
1. Prevent your opponent’s best moves using tactics and control of key squares.
2. Allow your opponent to complete his idea, but only when it is to your advantage.
Finally, IM Goletiani shows you when to transition between stopping your opponent’s ideas and starting your own decisive attack.
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The d6/e5 pawn structure for Black in the Sicilian is one of the most common patters. It's time you got to know the plans and themes for both sides! GM Khachiyan doesn't need to dig deep in his vault. Instead, why not show off a recent game from the red-hot GM Ivan Saric? That's right - not all Croatians went to the Dalmatian Coast this summer. Some were beating Super-GMs and rising in the ranks; Saric may well soon crack the top 50 if he keeps this up! | Watch video
Ever see those people scanning a beach or park with a metal detector? FM Mike Klein does the chess version of that, unearthing the best games you've never seen. Klein begins his new series by showing a game that was supposed to launch a chess career, but instead just ended up being a singular standout effort. Watch Black win in 18 moves by sacking most of his army! | Watch video
The final chapter in the Dutch Defense covers various other responses, including what to do when White fails to fianchetto. The Ginger GM also shows a model game where Black accomplishes the thematic ...e5 and gets an impressive pawn duo on the 5th rank. Watch how Black's latent queenside development comes alive and gives him great play. You'll also some some early move order questions you must answer, but you're now ready to go Dutch! | Watch video
What's better than beating a world-class GM? How about having him congratulate you afterward! Watch GM Simon Williams show no fear by playing the Classical Dutch against GM Boris Gelfand (OK, he was quite nervous). Today you'll see why an early ...a5 is the suggested antidote to an early b4. The Stonewall pawn structure is also recommended, but that trademark kingside attack is still there in waiting! | Watch video