IM Daniel Rensch presses the reset button on the Chess.com tactics trainer, starting with a fresh rating of 1200.
How quickly can he rise through the ranks and gain rating points? The tactics trainer is a tough grader, but IM Rensch explains the thought process you need to solve its puzzles.
Learn what an international master is thinking when he solves tactical exercises in this instructive lesson. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues his chess tactics series with an exciting concept: discoveries.
Learn the five types of discoveries by solving IM Rensch’s timed puzzles, personalized to your own level of chess knowledge.
It’s not enough to know that discoveries exist — you must also be able to create opportunities for them, and IM Rensch shows you exactly how to do it. | Watch video
Who better to learn from than Mikhail Tal when it comes to how to attack?
Tal, of course, was one of the greatest attacking players of all time — and FM Todd Andrews shows you one of his most brilliant wins.
In this game, Tal butts heads with a fellow future world champion, Tigran Petrosian, one of the best defenders ever.
How did Tal break through against this defensive genius? Watch to find out! | Watch video
Most chess players love to attack whenever they can, but how do you know where on the board to start your assault?
FM Todd Andrews teaches you exactly how you should evaluate your attacking chances in each of the board’s sectors.
Don’t waste time attacking where you shouldn’t when you can focus your efforts on more fruitful areas on the chessboard. | Watch video
Did you know there were five types of chess skewers?
IM Daniel Rensch gives you timed puzzles for all five skewer categories in this interactive video.
If you can solve all of these puzzles you might be “fatally attracted” to skewers in your games.
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GM Melik Khachiyan and Brother Josh review member games in this full replay from the live show originally broadcast on Dec. 4, 2014. | Watch video
Most players know how to win games against lower-rated opponents. In many cases, it’s simply a matter of technique.
But how on earth do you beat an opponent whose rating is higher than yours? After all, that rating may reflect superior knowledge or ability.
It’s possible — if you believe in yourself. GM Melikset Khachiyan shows you the important ways you can pull off the upset against stronger opponents. | Watch video
Can IM Daniel Rensch teach you 40 openings in a single video?
On Throwback Thursday, enjoy a crash course in pawn structure for every main-line chess opening.
In this fast-paced lesson, IM Rensch surveys the key elements of the openings, and shows you the crucial ideas for each arising structure.
If you’re a chess beginner, there isn’t a better video for your opening repertoire. If you’re a more advanced player, take this as a refresher course. | Watch video
It’s Throwback Thursday, your chance to watch the best videos in the Chess.com archive.
This week, we dial the time machine back to Aug. 13, 2010, for GM Dejan Bojkov’s enlightening series on the true powers of each chess piece.
You’ll learn how to evaluate your pieces not by static point values, but by what they can actually accomplish in a given position or plan.
If you can start doing this regularly, it might just revolutionize your chess game. | Watch video
GM Melik Khachiyan and Brother Josh review member games in this full replay of the live show originally broadcast on Nov. 14, 2014. | Watch video