FM Mike Klein was on the scene for the 2016 U.S. chess championships, so he is the perfect analyst to bring you the most historic moments from the big event.
Sit back and enjoy these 11 bits of chess history as you relive the excitement from St. Louis. | Watch video
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 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
Do you want an exciting and aggressive option against 1. d4?
GM Simon Williams has a hypermodern opening for you to try: the English Defense.
Learn the basics of this offbeat defense and use it to throw off your opponent from the very beginning of the game. | Watch video
FM Alisa Melekhina thoroughly analyzes one of her recent games to teach you the importance of keeping the tension on the chessboard.
After building a very promising position out of a hyper-accelerated Dragon, FM Melekhina explains how she could have improved even more by doing one simple thing.
You don’t want to miss this video, where every important move is discussed in depth. | Watch video
FM Mike Klein catalogues the best tactics from the brilliant late grandmaster, Vugar Gashimov.
You won’t believe how quickly GM Gashimov was able to shatter the defenses of some of the strongest players in the world.
Enjoy these wild tactics after the tournament in Gashimov’s honor ended yesterday in Shamkir. | Watch video
Do you find yourself getting a good position only to spoil it by missing a simple tactic?
GM Eugene Perelshteyn gives you five tips to improve your tactical abilities you can't afford to miss.
Don't forget to read his accompanying article in the related links. | Watch video
IM Daniel Rensch continues to work his way up on the Chess.com tactics trainer, solving puzzles and rising from 1777 to 1948.
Think out loud along with IM Rensch as you find the weakness in the enemy position and exploit it.
Remember to have an awareness of the entire board so you don’t miss something important. | Watch video
Everyone knows you can sacrifice to checkmate the enemy king.
But when is it good to give away material for just a strategic goal?
FM Kostya Kavutskiy shows you exactly when it is profitable to sacrifice material, even if there is no immediately obvious tactical win.
Sometimes a positional sacrifice leads to an even bigger tactical sac to unify the theme. | Watch video
Both Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand missed a critical in-between move in game six of the 2014 world championship match.
GM Melikset Khachiyan will teach you to look out for these game-changing moves, whether they are quiet threats or spectacular sacrifices.
GM Khachiyan shows you one of his own games that is filled with potential in-between moves, and it’s your job to spot them.
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