The center is the most important part of the chessboard, the crossroads through which attacks are often launched and defense comes to the rescue.
GM Dejan Bojkov demonstrates how to use this vital area of the board to succeed in your own attacks by analyzing an instructive game.
Learn how to control, occupy, and exploit the game’s most critical territory in this lesson. | Watch video
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili returns with his latest member game analysis.
This time, Dzindzi analyzes a talented young player’s game on Chess.com, and the stresses the importance of always having a sound strategic plan.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for this promising chess talent, but for now learn what he did right and wrong in this entertaining game review.
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The Sicilian is great, but what if you or your opponent choose to avoid the open Sicilian?
You’ve ventured into anti-Sicilian territory.
Join GM Simon Williams in his characteristically “spicy” introduction to the various anti-Sicilian systems, which you simply must know if you ever play 1. e4. | Watch video
IM Keaton Kiewra is back with a live blitz session on Chess.com, explaining his ideas in real time as he plays.
Starting out with a Budapest Gambit, IM Kiewra reveals a deep knowledge of opening theory as he fires off moves as quickly as he can make them.
Enjoy a top blitz master in action during this informative video. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland found himself at board one of the FIDE world team championship last month, facing the best players each team had to offer.
Enjoy this insightful game where GM Shankland matches wits with one of the highest-rated players in the world, Ding Liren. | 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 Simon Williams concludes his comprehensive lesson on the aggressive hybrid Sicilian system known as the Dragodorf.
Learn what to do when White tries to counterpunch with the move a4, and how you can maintain your attacking initiative in this opening.
Find out where GM Williams studies chess the most — is it in a pub or in his office? | Watch video
We’ve all been there before. You think your position is slightly better, but how do you improve it enough to win?
Continuing his series on how to think like a master, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you exactly how to make a plan that increases your advantage.
Learn how to form a strategic idea and then execute it in this important lesson. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams taught you a repertoire of spicy openings with the white pieces, but what about when you’re playing as Black?
In this new series, learn how GM Williams responds to 1.e4 with the ever-aggressive “Dragodorf.”
Learn how to attack from this promising set-up in this can’t-miss lesson. | Watch video
GM Alex Yermolinksy returns with a new series reviewing the best games of the recently completed United States chess championship tournament in St. Louis.
In this first video, GM Yermo guides you through a tough battle between Gata Kamsky, a legend of U.S. chess, and the highly inventive GM Gareev.
Enjoy the clash of styles from this very relevant game.
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