Chess Video Lessons

  • ChessCenter: Nakamura Wins; Magnus 'Photobombed'

    • Feb 11, 2016
    • | 22 min
    • | 1654 Views
    • | 8 Comments

    Hikaru Nakamura won a huge open tournament in Gibraltar, while the chess legend Vishy Anand struggled with the format. The ChessCenter team has all the details on the exciting event. Find out how Magnus Carlsen was photobombed in a recent picture, and take a look ahead to the super-strong Zurich tournament this weekend. | Watch video

  • Openings

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    • The King's Indian Defense: Smashing The Saemisch

      GM Rashad Babaev

      • 19 min
      • | 5827 Views
      • | 16 Comments

      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

  • Strategy

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    • Positional Thinking In Chess

      GM Melikset Khachiyan

      • 16 min
      • | 8103 Views
      • | 11 Comments

      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

  • Tactics

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    • How The English Attacks: 10. Qc7 And a5

      WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

      • 25 min
      • | 4700 Views
      • | 6 Comments

      WGM Tatev Abrahamyan is back with her advanced look at the English Attack against the Najdorf Sicilian. Learn what to do in either case where Black can choose two good moves in this very complex opening attack. If you’re looking to add a deeply analyzed and sharp opening to your arsenal, you’ve come to the right video series. | Watch video

  • Endgames

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    • Knight vs Bishop: Pros And Cons

      IM Keaton Kiewra

      • 15 min
      • | 4465 Views
      • | 14 Comments

      It’s one of the most important questions in chess: which is better, having the knight or the bishop? IM Keaton Kiewra begins a new series on this critical chess imbalance to investigate when having each piece is better or worse for your winning chances. Learn how to spot the kind of positions where each piece is better, and learn the pros and cons of the knight and the bishop to maximize their abilities. | Watch video

  • Amazing Games

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    • Bukavshin's Legacy: Attacking The King

      GM Alex Yermolinsky

      • 21 min
      • | 2499 Views
      • | 6 Comments

      GM Alex Yermolinsky continues his tribute to the late GM Ivan Bukavshin, who was a promising and creative chess player. Bukavshin, who died in January at the age of 20, was a formidable attacking player who often ruthlessly went after the enemy king. GM Yermo reviews one such brutal attacking game in this memorial video lesson. | Watch video

  • Beginners

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    • Learn From The Old Masters: Edward Lasker

      GM Dejan Bojkov

      • 21 min
      • | 5164 Views
      • | 17 Comments

      GM Dejan Bojkov kicks off a fun new lesson on what you can learn from the chess masters of yesteryear. While chess has advanced a great deal in the modern era, there is still much you can learn from the old style of these great historical players. Especially if you’re a beginning or intermediate player, you will benefit from studying even the casual games of the old masters — starting with this lesson on the great Edward Lasker. | Watch video

  • Intermediate

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    • Play Attacking King Hunts: Romantic King Hunts

      GM Simon Williams

      • 17 min
      • | 5277 Views
      • | 25 Comments

      Nothing in chess is more exciting than going all in for a king hunt. GM Simon Williams loves to attack, and now he is back with a lesson on the romantic-style king hunts of old. Learn how to throw caution to the wind and hunt down the opposing kings in the romantic style. | Watch video

  • Advanced

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    • How The English Attacks: 10. Qc7 And a5

      WGM Tatev Abrahamyan

      • 25 min
      • | 4700 Views
      • | 6 Comments

      WGM Tatev Abrahamyan is back with her advanced look at the English Attack against the Najdorf Sicilian. Learn what to do in either case where Black can choose two good moves in this very complex opening attack. If you’re looking to add a deeply analyzed and sharp opening to your arsenal, you’ve come to the right video series. | Watch video

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