Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the Dortmund super-GM tournament and smashed through the 2800 rating barrier to become number-two in the world.
How did MVL do it? IM Daniel Rensch analyzes the fascinating Najdorf Sicilian battle against Fabiano Caruana where MVL finally crossed the 2800 mark. | 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 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
Wei Yi is a fast-rising young star in chess, but he has already played an immortal chess game.
GM Simon Williams brings you one of the greatest games you might ever see in this captivating video.
Sit back and enjoy the fireworks on the board with the Ginger GM as your guide. | 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
What do you do when your opponent has all the advantages in a game?
Try to create as much confusion as possible!
FM Mike Klein explains how to stir up complications when you have little left to lose, the key to making a comeback. | Watch video
The author Joseph Heller told us what the term "Catch 22" meant - a situation with no good outcomes. Today GM Finegold shows us a game where his blunder is the best move. A Catch 22? You decide. But he did pair it with another game against GM Hellers. Coincidence? In any case, today you'll see how the Berlin Wall can actually repel two GMs quite quickly in the opening. Kasparov learned the hard way against Kramnik in 2000, and Finegold adds fuel to the Berlin fire! | Watch video
Who needs "Game of Thrones" when we have a Game of the Week that is just as epic of a battle? When honors are shared, both warriors must have been ferocious in the fight, and that's what happened in week 9 of the USCL. GMs Giorgi Margvelashvili and Ben Finegold challenged each other on both sides of the board, and the battle really ramped up when black's knight crossed the board. You don't always need to be victorious to get the spoils of chess. | Watch video
Be it 1. b3 or 1. g3, GM Bent Larsen loved those fianchettoed bishops! GM Bojkov shows how he preferred playing Black openings, with an extra tempo. Today the Danish hero isolates his opponent's d-pawn, then uses superior development to corral it when the time is right. Just when it looks like Black may get some play, he is mated with Larsen's final two pieces. A masterful game and finish from Larsen! | Watch video
GM Khachiyan shows off a quick defeat over a master who tried the somewhat rare Geller Gambit against his Slav Defense. Khachiyan eats the c-pawn, then takes great care to put his bishops on the right diagonals. The subtle choices are based on preventing his opponent's minors from flooding his position, but if you've been paying attention recently, you already know Melik is Captain Prophylaxis! | Watch video