When is it theoretically correct to sacrifice your queen early in the game?
FM Mike Klein shows you six opening lines that allow — and sometimes require— you to give away your queen for a greater goal.
Learn how to win even without a queen with superior minor pieces in this entertaining video,
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IM Thomas Rendle is back with a full episode of Hack Attack. Can IM Thomas Rendle beat Chess.com’s blitz players while broadcasting the game live and keeping the audience entertained? Hear IM Rendle’s every thought in this replay of the live stream originally broadcast on January 12. | Watch video
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