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
Even if you’ve got a concrete advantage going into the endgame, you could fail to take home the full point if you release the tension too early.
FM Alisa Melekhina illustrates this vital concept with one of her recent games from the women’s world team championships.
Learn what happens when you fail to keep to tension, and how to avoid this strategic mistake. | Watch video
You probably know that hesitating in chess is bad, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly things fall apart after one unjustified delay.
GM Alex Yermolinsky examines an unusual game from the Russian team championships to illustrate this important chess truth.
Just as White is about to consolidate his position, Black uses that moment to start a deadly attack. You don’t want to miss the double rook sacrifice at the end. | Watch video
GM Maurice Ashley continues his popular series on the best of the 2014 Millionaire Chess tournament, the richest open in chess history.
Enjoy this spirited battle for the right to move on to “Millionaire Monday,” where more than $700,000 in cash prizes were at stake.
Pawns and pieces fly all over the board in this can’t-miss game. | 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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How do you approach a game you know is going to get complicated?
GM Sam Shankland concluded his super-tournament series with a complex attacking game full of wild tactical possibilities.
Get inside GM Shankland’s head as he explains what he was thinking on every move, and learn how he compares to Magnus Carlsen in time pressure. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams is back with another video on the anti-Sicilian openings, and he starts off today with one of the most powerful ways Black can avoid the open Sicilian while remaining creative and aggressive.
Learn how to use a “crazy” pawn push inspired by Garry Kasparov to deliver the decisive counterpunch in this wild anti-Sicilian system. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina keeps up the tension in her next video from the Women’s World Teams event.
Reviewing one of her own games from the tournament, FM Melekhina discusses the practical value of keeping your options open when your opponent is in time trouble.
Learn how you can keep up the pressure even after most of the pieces have been traded off — late middlegames and endgames have tension, too.
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Have you ever seen a perfect game of chess?
GM Alex Yermolinksy has. Join GM Yermo in a deep analysis of an exciting battle between two of the brightest stars in recent chess history: Alexei Shirov and Vladimir Kramnik.
Shirov decides early to steer the game away from the infamous Berlin endgame, with spectacular results. | Watch video
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