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
Have you ever begun an attack only to be cruelly rebuffed by timely counterplay from your opponent? GM Simon Williams has the solution in part 4 of 5 from his "How to Attack" video series. Have a look at the classic game Short vs. Timman as the Ginger GM shows you not only how to build your own attack, but also how to frustrate your opponent's plans and designs in the process. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams begins a comprehensive new series on the French Defense, one of the most solid and versatile responses to 1. e4.
GM Williams kicks off the lesson series with a very important line, the Advance variation, and teaches you all the reasonable moves.
Watch how the always-dangerous Alexei Shirov played the Advance French to dismantle his grandmaster opponent. | Watch video
Are you looking for an opening to play in blitz games?
GM Maxim Dlugy has a intriguing option: The London System.
This solid, powerful, and flexible opening is perfect for blitz, and GM Dlugy draws upon the London System’s most famous practitioner — Gata Kamsky — to teach you the main ideas. | Watch video
Don’t kid yourself about pawns. Though they’re considered the lowliest members of the chess set, pawns can pack a wallop too.
GM Eugene Perelshteyn demonstrates the awesome power of passed pawns in this analysis of one of Philidor’s iconic pawn-pushing games.
Learn how to unleash your pawns like Philidor to promote and win. | Watch video
Garry Kasparov is universally considered one of the finest chess tacticians of all time, and for good reason.
GM Dejan Bojkov begins a new series on Kasparov’s greatest combinations, and you won’t want to miss these brilliant games.
Learn how a young Kasparov cracked his opponent’s home preparation with a fantastic over-the-board attacking idea, topped off by a sparkling sacrificial combination. | Watch video
In the Alekhine, your opponent is ceding a space advantage in hopes of destroying your central pawn advances. But don't be timid - shove your pawns down the board, avoid trades, and you'll be better according to GM Dzindzichashvili. Today he walks you through all the necessary lines, which he said he battle-tested 30 years ago, and they still hold up today! Try saying that about the Najdorf or the Winawer! | Watch video
GM Melik proudly shows off a game from one of his star students - a player he compares to some of America's newest IMs and GMs. It may not be a name you are familiar with, but that makes it all the more impressive how he takes out a seasoned grandmaster. Watch and see NM Craig Hilby showing positional mastery well beyond his years. You'll also learn why Melik thinks the Ruy Lopez is the king of openings. Learn it and you'll be ready for all pawn structures. | Watch video
Next up in WGM Abrahamyan's all-things-French series is the Advance Variation, which goes well with fois gras and is paired with an earthy Bordeaux. While it is not played much at the highest levels, Black must know how to meet dangerous gambits like the Milner-Barry, and main lines with a3 and b4. Don't turn into French Fries, watch her videos now! | Watch video
Look up - is that an anvil on a cliff above your head? If cartoon characters have a sense of danger, so should you! GM Kaidanov will help you cultivate this necessary skill so you'll see bad things happening to you before they hit you on the head. He wants you not to fall in love with your position, but instead to focus just as much on your opponent's responses. Test yourself and see how many traps he successfully set for you! | Watch video