IM Danny Kopec was for decades a beloved and respected teacher and player in the U.S. chess community. Chess.com's Mike Klein honors his death in 2016 by presenting his self-titled Kopec system in the Sicilian and diving into one of his most exhilarating games. | Watch video
The knight is the trickiest piece in chess, so it's no surprise that some of the most famous moves involve this unorthodox piece.
But what was the best knight maneuver of all time? "Spicy" GM Simon Williams returns with a look at moves that just might shock you. | Watch video
How did GM Sergey Karjakin beat GM Veselin Topalov in the 2016 Candidates’ Tournament, helping him advance to challenge Magnus Carlsen this fall?
GM Ivan Sokolov has a comprehensive lesson on one of the most important chess games played this year. | Watch video
How did Sergey Karjakin win the 2016 Candidates' Tournament to earn the right to face Magnus Carlsen?
GM Ivan Sokolov breaks it down into three key lessons.
In this first video, learn how Karjakin's opening preparation helped him win. | Watch video
Have you ever heard of Richard Teichmann?
Even if you haven’t, you’d be surprised how much you could learn from the old master, as GM Dejan Bojkov continues his video lesson series. | Watch video
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
GM Melikset Khachiyan already used his experience at the World Youth to teach dynamic thinking, but now he zooms out and uses the same tournament to show you the overall positional skills of one of his students.
You won’t believe the first move played in this video — a move many players would not even consider.
Learn how this talented young chess player used GM Khachiyan’s coaching to achieve deep positional understanding. | Watch video
What did GM Melikset Khachiyan and his students learn from the World Youth chess championships?
One lesson was the importance of dynamic thinking in chess, especially in as big a tournament as the World Youths.
Andrew Hong, one of Melik’s star students, took his shot at what Melik thinks was the most brutal section of the tournament, the under-12, and one look at his first game “should teach other kids how to play chess” dynamically and prophylactically, says Melik.
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GM Simon Williams thinks all amateur chess players make preventable mistakes — even space aliens.
The best way to stop mistakes before they happen is to sense the danger building up in the position. GM Williams examines his own games to illustrate this concept and to show you how to spot dangerous mistakes before it’s too late.
Watch this video and learn how to miss fewer and fewer crucial moments in chess. | Watch video
What do you do when your opponent insists on going slow?
IM Keaton Kiewra shows you an entertaining game from the “San Diego Surfers” chess league match where White eschewed sharper lines to enter into a non-theoretical Stonewall system.
So how do you beat these plans? Create complications and you will throw your slow opponent’s schemes awry — and hopefully he will panic.
Stick around for Keaton’s advice on what to do when you want to play slow yourself. | Watch video