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
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
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
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
How can you attack like Mikhail Tal, one of the most ferocious chess players in history?
GM Simon Williams shows you how in this fun and educational lesson on his favorite chess player of all time.
Learn the secret to conjuring fierce attacks over the board and you too can play like “the magician of Riga.” | 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