King Safety
3 min

King Safety

NM Fischwitsch
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Aug 6, 2020

Never forget to protect your most important piece, the king. A material advantage doesn't matter if there's checkmate. Be careful to defend potential checkmating squares near your king and to give your king escape routes...

Weak Targets: f2 and f7
3 min

Weak Targets: f2 and f7

NM Fischwitsch
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Aug 4, 2020

The f2 and f7 pawns are only defended by the king in the starting position, so it can be subject to attack. If you can attack your opponent's f-pawn with two pieces when it's only defended by a king you can frequently wi...

Back Rank Checkmates
3 min

Back Rank Checkmates

NM Fischwitsch
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Aug 4, 2020

Castling is a good idea, but if the king is on the back rank without other pieces to defend it, it may be vulnerable to a back rank checkmate from a rook or queen. It's often a good idea to advance one pawn in front of t...

Don't Just Check
4 min

Don't Just Check

NM Fischwitsch
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Aug 4, 2020

Attacking the king is great - but it's not always the right move. Be patient. Make sure that a check accomplishes a goal, like helping to mate or preventing your opponent from castling. If your opponent has a useful move...

Pawn Race
4 min

Pawn Race

NM Fischwitsch
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Aug 4, 2020

When both sides only have kings and pawns it's essential to count how many moves each side will take to promote. Usually whoever gets there first will win the game!

Leela vs the Newcomer
15 min

Leela vs the Newcomer

NM SamCopeland
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Jul 31, 2020

Join NM Sam Copeland as he breaks down an electrifying game between the new engine Stockfish NNUE and Leela Chess Zero, from a brutal 600 game tournament during the Computer Chess Championship!

My Best Game: NM Jeremy Kane
15 min

My Best Game: NM Jeremy Kane

NM CoachJKane
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Jul 25, 2020

How do you score a quick win against a higher rated player without any flashy sacrifices? You need to stop all of your opponent's plans before they can cause any trouble. Check out NM Jeremy Kane's best game, a strategic...

My Best Game: IM Tuan Minh Le
11 min

My Best Game: IM Tuan Minh Le

IM wonderfultime
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Jul 25, 2020

IM Tuan Minh Le, one of the strongest online blitz players in the world, isn't so bad over the board either! He demonstrates his best game, an exciting win, where his opponent's queen went for checkmate and got stuck on...

My Best Game: GM Romain Edouard
12 min

My Best Game: GM Romain Edouard

GM Mugzyyy
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Jul 22, 2020

Grandmaster Romain Edouard brings you his best attacking game ever! When the strong Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev surprised him in the opening, Romain kept his cool and unleashed an amazing attack in the style of Paul M...

My Best Game: GM Dejan Bojkov
18 min

My Best Game: GM Dejan Bojkov

GM dbojkov
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Jul 22, 2020

Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov demonstrates his best game to date! It's a positional masterpiece against the Indian Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua. Find out how Dejan maneuvered his opponent's pieces to poor squares before finding...

My Best Game: GM Georg Meier
14 min

My Best Game: GM Georg Meier

GM GeorgMeier
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Jul 21, 2020

How do you beat a World Champion like Vladimir Kramnik? GM Georg Meier knows from experience! Watch as he explains every step of the way how he outwitted one of the greatest players of all time!

How To Avoid Mistakes: Be Objective
16 min

How To Avoid Mistakes: Be Objective

GM Mugzyyy
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Jul 14, 2020

Often our mistakes in chess come from fear. Even Grandmasters can be intimidated by higher rated opponents! GM Romain Edouard shares his experiences, with this psychological problem both as the higher rated player and as...