Your favorite chess openings teacher is back with another lesson on a system everyone needs to know — the King’s Indian Defense.
GM Rashad Babaev shows you three more important types of centers in the King’s Indian Defense, including the popular Saemisch center.
Learn what categorizes this center and, more important, how to handle it from both sides. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan is back with her advanced look at the English Attack against the Najdorf Sicilian.
Learn what to do in either case where Black can choose two good moves in this very complex opening attack.
If you’re looking to add a deeply analyzed and sharp opening to your arsenal, you’ve come to the right video series. | Watch video
You’ve learned the basics of the English Attack vs the Najdorf Sicilian, but what do you do when Black delays castling and launches into immediate counterplay with Nbd7?
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan has the answer as she continues her advanced lesson on this complex and dangerous opening.
In this exciting video, learn how to not worry about Black’s counterplay and launch your own attack to win. | Watch video
GM Ivan Sokolov makes his Chess.com video debut with an in-depth lesson on the classical Ruy Lopez.
You might not realize some of the hidden advantages of the classical move order, but GM Sokolov is here to guide you on this deep dive into historical chess theory.
In this lesson, learn the two main options White has on the fourth move of the traditional Lopez, and see how Black’s knight responds in each option — including the lines GM Sokolov recommends himself. | Watch video
This game needs no introduction. It shocked chess fans around the world. It even won the 2015 ChessCenter award for upset of the year.
Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, lost to his friend GM Jon Ludwig Hammer at the 2015 Norway Chess tournament.
Now hear all about this instant classic game straight from the winner, Hammer himself. | Watch video
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Get the latest from one of the strongest open tournaments ever in Qatar, where the newly minted “action hero” Magnus Carlsen faces a huge field.
Learn how Hikaru Nakamura was able to overcome MVL in Chess.com’s Death Match, and stick around for the best move and blunder of the week. | Watch video
Reports of Magnus Carlsen’s downfall were slightly premature.
The world chess champion won everything worth winning in London, and ChessCenter has your full report. Did you know that Magnus also appeared with Muhammad Ali and Maria Sharapova? Where was it? Watch to find out.
Stick around for the move and blunder of the week, both taken from an endgame that will be in chess books for centuries. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludwig Hammer is back with another exciting game against the newly minted world championship candidate, Levon Aronian.
Find out how Hammer was able to hang on for a draw as Black against Aronian’s relentless pressure.
Huge attacks might get all the headlines, but solid defense is an underrated aspect of top tournament chess where losses can be devastating. | Watch video
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL.
Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too. | Watch video
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan continues her extensive primer on how to use the English Attack against the extremely popular Najdorf Sicilian by Black.
Learn how the crushing move in games resulting from this opening might not be spectacular but instead subtly powerful, winning the game for you on the spot before your opponent even realizes what happened. | Watch video