What exactly is the Groan variation in the French Exchange?
You can count on GM Simon Williams to tell you how this opening got its memorable name.
Can anyone spice up this drawish-looking position? The Ginger GM can.
After this lesson, you’ll be using the Groan to make your opponent do the same in defeat. | Watch video
GM Rashad Babaev continues his guide on the King’s Indian with a look at the Exchange variation, where the game takes a quick turn for the endgame.
Can Black defend against White’s aggressive plans in this opening? If you know the right moves to look for, it should be easy.
Find out what moves you need to know to beat this popular opening choice. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4.
GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves.
Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his grandmaster opponent. | Watch video
Jump inside the mind of IM Keaton Kiewra as he plays a strong grandmaster in a Chess.com blitz showdown.
With time ticking down, which of these titled players will come out on top?
After the game, Keaton slows things down to analyze each move, pointing out missed opportunities for both sides. | Watch video
Sometimes the best way to secure a draw in lopsided opposite-colored bishop endgames is to follow your opponent’s king with your own.
If your king behaves like it has separation anxiety from its counterpart, you can control the key diagonal without letting the opposing pawns advance.
Sounds a little confusing? The endgame expert GM Alex Yermolinsky walks you through this important concept. | Watch video
What do you do if your opponent plays the Petrosian center against your King’s Indian?
GM Rashad Babaev shows you a plan so logical and easy, you’ll be surprised you didn’t think of it yourself.
After this video lesson, you’ll be hoping your opponent advances his d-pawn early so you can transition right into this straightforward attacking idea. | Watch video
We all know that opposite-colored bishop endgames are drawish, but what is the best technique to actually defend this endgame?
GM Alex Yermolinsky, one of Chess.com’s best endgame specialists, has all the answers in this first video of a new series.
Learn how to properly defend a bishop ending in this can’t-miss video lesson. | Watch video
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili has analyzed a lot of member games, but this is one of the most instructive lessons he’s ever given.
Can both players violate the same chess rule over and over in a single game? You won’t believe what you’re seeing, but it’s true.
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Don’t show this video to chess students, because GM Simon Williams recommends moving your queen out early in this spicy opening.
See how to create legitimate threats with your queen in the English Defense — an idea that even got a good position against Anatoly Karpov, one of the best players ever. | Watch video
Sometimes chess is a race, and only the fastest player will survive.
GM Rashad Babaev shows you how to win the race that often emerges in the extra-sharp Mar del Plata King’s Indian.
Learn what you need to know about this cutting edge opening. Be sure to check out GM Smith’s article in the related links. | Watch video