GM Sergey Karjakin single-handedly defeated the entire Chinese chess team and “upheld the honor of Mother Russia,” according to GM Alex Yermolinsky.
Taking advantage of the event’s format, Karjakin eliminated his opponents one by one.
Against the super-GM Yu Yangyi, Karjakin found himself down a pawn in a blitz showdown.
Find out how the Russian master used the unbalanced position to win the game. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams has played the French Defense all his life, and he has quite a few secrets to share.
Learn how to play a universal system against the dynamic Tarrasch French in this extremely useful lesson, covering the most commonly played moves by White.
Find out how GM Williams did against one of the best players in the world in this opening in a late-night barroom battle.
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GM Dejan Bojkov recently played the rising American chess star, IM Jeffery Xiong.
What completely shocking move did the young prodigy play in the middlegame? You’ll have to watch to find out — and learn from GM Bojkov’s instructional analysis of the results. | Watch video
A chess opening can get messed up so early that you can’t really evaluate what happens afterwards.
GM Roman Dzindzichashvili nonetheless presses on with this member analysis, showing how two players handle the aftermath of a “corrupted opening” very differently.
In an unbalanced position, one side plays with a clear plan, while the other flounders about aimlessly. The result is predictable but no less instructive. | Watch video
If your opponent meets your Classical French Defense with e5, you can always play Nd7 with a solid theoretical footing.
But what would be the fun in that? GM Simon Williams, as usual, recommends a shocking move to immediately blast the game out of the opening books.
Find out about this spicy idea in this bold video.
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Big attacks and spectacular sacrifices might get all the attention, but there are other ways to win a chess game.
GM Melikset Khachiyan explains the powerful positional method of restriction, which slowly saps the energy of both your opponent and his pieces.
Learn how to deny your opponent space, squares, and potential in this enlightening lesson. | Watch video
Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra.
Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game.
Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his primer on the French Defense with one of the trendiest variations today, the Tarrasch with Nd2.
Learn how to make this opening spicy and aggressive, whether White likes it or not.
Stick around for some of Simon’s best rhyming slang in this fun video. | Watch video
GM Richard Rapport is a rising young star at the top level of chess. That’s one thing everyone agrees on.
But is this practitioner of wild tactics and weird openings a genius, or a madman? Or maybe a little of both?
FM Mike Klein makes his case in this fun video report.
Don't forget to leave a comment with your opinion. | Watch video
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