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March 9, 2014

The all-time leading video contributor to ChessVideos.TV, curtains (i.e. IM Greg Shahade), now has a youtube channel where he posts new videos.

If you enjoyed his videos on ChessVideos.TV, you'll enjoy them on youtube. If you are a fan I highly recommend you subscribe to his ... [Read More]

October 23, 2013

As the weather cools and people head indoors, we've seen a corresponding rise in activity here at Chessvideos.tv:

Even though Curtains (IM Greg Shahade) has been busy with USCL, he still managed to find time for some 5 minute chess. You can see the recent videos, here, here and here. Speaking of the USCL, site favorite, Steve Farmer has contributed his expert analysis of recent ... [Read More]

September 20, 2013

Even though Curtains (IM Greg Shahade) has been up to his ears with the USCL, he still found time to contribute some nice 5 minute games: here, here, here and here.

Calm continues his fascinating of Mamedyarov's games from the World Rapid 2013 tournament- check ou ... [Read More]

August 23, 2013

If you are new (or even if you're not) you could do worse than check out the ChessVideos.TV classics Series to see what veteran users think are the best videos from the past. The list is ongoing and thus obviously incomplete but it points out many great yet not forgotten series such as Zibbit (FM Ingvar Johannesson) excellent Pattern Recognition Series and Katar's 1.e4 e5 Repertoire Series for Black amongst many others. Be there or be 64 ... [Read More]

August 16, 2013

Curtains (IM Greg Shahade) has been on a tear lately with his historical survey of Lasker's performance at the tournament in Paris, 1900. This week, he examines the mighty Lasker's play against Burn, Maroczy, Marco, Mason, Marshall, ... [Read More]

August 6, 2013

Though the summer got off to a relatively slow start, we've had quite a bit of video action in the last few weeks. To wit, Curtains (IM Greg Shahade) has been very active with a number of entries in his historical solitaire series: Sclechter vs Lasker, Lasker vs Mieses and Burn vs Lasker. Modern Chess was not neglected either as his ... [Read More]

July 26, 2013

It may be the lazy, hazy days of summer elsewhere but here at Chessvideos.tv we're seeing plenty of cool action from our video producers.
Zibbit (FM Ingvar Johannesson), the Sub-Arctic Avenger,continues to terrorize the rabbits over at Chesscube. Witness the carnage here and here. Site mainstay, Curtains (IM Greg Shahade) produced several entries in his popular Modern Chess Solitaire series: ... [Read More]

July 18, 2013

It's been awhile since we've updated here but that doesn't mean there has been a lack of great videos. Our Nordic Annihilator, Zibbit has been burning up the ChessCube 2 minute and one minute tournament scene. You can find his recent demolition derbys here,here, here, here, ... [Read More]

February 18, 2013

Things have been bustling here at ChessVideos.TV, with a slew of new videos from well-known producers like curtains and emerging fan favorites like IM FirePowah. In case you've missed some of what's been happening video-wise, here's a recap:

Curtains' free videos are always popular, and you might want to check out his effort against GM olimpus here as well as a game against FM cstevens here.

FirePowah has been a frequent and exciting ... [Read More]

December 1, 2012

We wanted to provide a quick update with some recent goings-on in the forums. Curtains has been busy, with some very popular free videos (see, for example, his recent free video). Meanwhile, kamus has been at work on a wild series of Coffeehouse chess videos. See the humorous (and informative!) video on the Fred defense.

Zeitnotakrobat has been making videos analyzing some of his games and ... [Read More]

September 10, 2012

After nearly six years, we have Dennis' final premium video, in which he examines your games and answers your questions. Dennis has put together a mammoth, nearly 100-minute effort, so there is something here for everyone. He covers openings ranging from the King's Indian Attack to the Tarrasch as well as a number of key middlegame and endgame ideas. As always, let us know what you think. And finally, a big thanks to Dennis, who has been a source of consistently awesome videos. ... [Read More]

August 31, 2012

In this week's video, Dennis presents the final episode in his series on the Quick Ruy. Dennis discusses the Breyer System, one of the Ruy's most important lines. There's a lot of content here, so pay close attention. Like last week's video, this is best watched with a couple breaks. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

August 25, 2012

This week, Dennis presents the Quick Ruy 33: the Zaitsev variation. This is one of his finest efforts, and clocks in at 88 minutes. The Zaitsev is one of the most important variations in the entire Ruy, it's strategically-deep, with a high likelihood of entering sharp and tactical play. Because there's so much here, it's probably better to watch in a couple pieces, or with short breaks. In light of that, Dennis suggests taking a break around the 52:45 mark (where he begins to discuss 17...c4). One could also take a break at ... [Read More]

August 22, 2012

In this special bonus video, Dennis presents a gem from the Russian Championship. He takes a look at the game Andreikin - Sjugirov, which featured a brilliancy from Andreikin, the Championship's eventual winner. Current and former Caro-Kann players (like me!), be scared, this one is hard to watch. But seriously, Dennis provides a fun treat for players of all levels. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

August 19, 2012

We're closing in on the exciting conclusion of Dennis' epic series on the Ruy Lopez. This week, he talks about the Chigorin Variation. He begins with 9...Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d3, and then examines the more critical 11.d4 Nd7, focusing first on Fischer’s 12.dxc5 and then 12.Nbd2 and the Graf Variation. Then it's on to the granddaddy of Chigorin lines, 11…Qc7, and after 12.Nbd2 there’s a final split: the passive system with 12…Nc6 and the more active main line with 12…cxd4. The Chigorin is an extremely rich variation and ... [Read More]

August 10, 2012

In the Quick Ruy XXI, Dennis examines critical 9th move sidelines. He takes a look at the Gajewski gambit, and its improved version. Dennis then reviews a host of 9th move sidelines for White and Black in the big three variations (Chigorin, Zaitsev, and Breyer).

As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

August 6, 2012

This week's video from FM Dennis Monokroussos is on the Yates Variation of the Ruy Lopez. Dennis classifies it's benefits as being (a) not too bad, and (b) lets white players avoid both the heavier theory of the main lines with 9.h3 while (c) doubling as an anti-Marshall system.

Check it out: Quick Ruy XXX, Yates ... [Read More]

July 28, 2012

We're nearing completion of Dennis' epic series on the Ruy Lopez. In this week's lesson, Dennis covers the main lines of the Marshall, one of the key lines in the Ruy. Players on both sides of this line better pay ... [Read More]

July 25, 2012

Over the past year, our site has moved to a credit system with pay-per view videos. This system has co-existed with our premium membership option, which in addition to allowing users to go ad-free, has given them access to our archive of premium videos. We've decided that managing both systems is difficult on our end and confusing for our members. As a result, we're going to suspend the premium membership program as of September 1. On that day, subscriptions will no longer be able to be renewed. If you have an existing premium subscription, you will still receive the benefits of ad-free and ... [Read More]

July 21, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis begins his coverage of the Marshall with an analysis of key sidelines. He covers one last anti-Marshall (9.d4) and then moves on to a few weaker (but tricky!) lines for black, 9.exd5 e4?!, Marshall's original 9...Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 Nf6, and 11...Bb7. Stay tuned for coverage of the Marshall's main ... [Read More]

July 17, 2012

In the Quick Ruy XXVII, the Anti-Marshals, Dennis takes a look at some lines for White against the Marshall Attack. Though 8.d3 will wait for another day, he looks at 8.d4 and gives extensive coverage of 8.a4 and 8.h3. Dennis covers lines that give white good practical chances, and ruin black's day by not playing into the Marshall Attack. What more could a white player want? And if you use the Marshall, pay attention so these lines don't catch you off ... [Read More]

July 16, 2012

In a special bonus video, Dennis takes a look at the power of Horwitz bishops. Horwitz bishops illustrate the strength of two bishops working together to attack the enemy king. The video is designed for newer players, but people of all strengths will find the examples instructive and fun. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

July 12, 2012

This week Dennis presents the newest installment of the Quick Ruy Lopez, covering the Qe2 systems, and featuring the Worrall and Wormald attacks. These can be sharp lines, so black and white players must be prepared.

In other news, we're going to have a special bonus video from Dennis this weekend on Horwitz bishops. Keep your eyes ... [Read More]

June 29, 2012

This week brings the Quick Ruy XXV, Dennis' last video covering the Neo-Archangelsk. The line isn't looking so great for black, but maybe some viewer effort can help even the score. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

June 23, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at a couple games, with an eye toward new and old. First he examines Radjabov - Carlsen from the 2012 Tal Memorial and then examines resonances with a much older, 1936 game by Capablanca. Opening theory might change, good technique is ... [Read More]

June 15, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at games in which a player pays the price for violating basic opening principles. Through a series of his own games, Dennis suggests that while sometimes memorization is necessary, the openings are much more about understanding what’s going on. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
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June 12, 2012

This week, Dennis takes a look at highlights from the 2012 Tal Memorial Blitz tournament. The Tal Memorial used a blitz tournment to determine seeding and a number of the world's top players, including Carlsen, Kramnik, Radjabov, and Caruana, participated. These games are a wild ride, so kick back and ... [Read More]

June 2, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis explores the importance of small advantages. It features the game Carlsen - Eljanov from the 2008 Wijk aan Zee tournament and shows the kind of hard work that chess fans would have liked to have seen in game 12 of the recently concluded world championship. Carlsen's persistence pays off against a very strong player. Future world champion, ... [Read More]

May 26, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at a crazy game between Keres and Shereshevsky. If you think draws are boring, think again. Shereshevsky met Keres' crazy attack with grim defense, leading to a wild time scramble. Both players had a chance to win before the game ended peacefully. Check it ... [Read More]

May 18, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis tells us a little about mauling the Caro-Kann. He takes a look at a game from the ongoing U.S. Chess Championship in which Gata Kamsky scored an impressive victory over Yasser Seirawan's Caro-Kann. The game features exciting sacrifices, sharp opening play, and an instructive endgame. What more could you ask ... [Read More]

May 11, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents a preview of the upcoming Anand - Gelfand world championship match. Dennis gives an overview of their records against each other and presents a couple of games. Think of this as a viewing guide for what will be an exciting match. Dennis will be giving an overview of his coverage as well, so listen for ... [Read More]

May 4, 2012

In this lesson, Dennis presents part two of his coverage of the Neo-Archangelsk line of the Ruy Lopez. He covers some of the more positional lines out of the main position (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5). He discusses lines arising after 7.c3 as well as 7.a4. These positional lines feature a good deal of the maneuvering typical of the closed Spanish game. Let us know what you ... [Read More]

April 27, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis begins his discussion of the Neo-Archangelsk line of the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5). He focuses on an important (and explosive!) subline, featuring a quick Nxe5 from white. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

April 21, 2012

In this week's lesson Dennis continues the Quick Ruy Lopez series with his final video on the Archangelsk Variation. He covers the 7.Re1 lines as well as a quick discussion of a viewer question about 7.d3 Bd6. These lines are both critical and exciting, making them great viewing for Ruy specialists and interested viewers ... [Read More]

April 13, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at the game Avital Boruchovsky-Boris Savchenko from the 2012 European Individual Chess Championship. The game is a spectacular struggle in the Larsen variation of the Alekhine's. If you're looking for exciting chess, this is it! Kick back, and as always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

April 6, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the early 2012 edition of viewer games. This is a jumbo-sized episode, covering everything from main-line theory to offbeat lines. Dennis also discusses thematic pawn breakthroughs and standard sacrifices, like the Greek Gift. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

April 2, 2012

Using the recent Laznicka-Edouard game from the ongoing European Championship as a base, FM Dennis Monokroussos shows a whole slew of super-high level game in the QGA line 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 a6 6.0-0 c5 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Nc3 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Bg5 0-0 11.Qd2. White It might sound specialized at first, the video also serves as an excellent intro to IQP attacking ideas, and besides that it’s the kind of position a player is very likely to get against QGAers.

Check it out: Laznicka-Edouard, EICC ... [Read More]

March 24, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the early 2012 edition of viewer questions! He covers a wide variety of positions growing out of a number of important openings like the Exchange Ruy, Catalan, and French Defense. This video is chock full of different openings and their resulting middle and endgames. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

March 17, 2012

If you're looking for sharp tactics in the opening, Dennis' lesson this week has you covered. He discusses tactics in the Hennig-Schara Gambit. Dennis goes very in-depth on a major subvariation in the gambit and finds a lot of wild chess. Check it out and as always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

March 10, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents some very interesting novelties by move 6! He examines two ideas, the first a novelty on move 6 of the Blumenfeld. In the next, we see a novelty on move 2(!) from the Ukrainian U-20 championship. Creativity ... [Read More]

March 2, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the exciting conclusion to his coverage of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Team North. In his video on rounds four and five, Dennis presents highlights from his final round struggle in the Von Hennig / Schara Gambit and then his entire game from round 4. Exciting chess, so kick back and ... [Read More]

February 24, 2012

This week, Dennis presents us with a review of his first three rounds at the U.S Amateur Team North. Dennis found himself in two Ruys and a Wilkes-Barre Two Knights. Two of the games are excerpts and one is a deeper look at his fascinating round two game. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

February 19, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents part two of his discussion of the (old) Archangelsk. He explains why the line has fallen out of favor in response to white's 7.d3. In the next installment he'll take a look at the now preferred, 6...Bc5. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

February 10, 2012

Dennis' series on the Spanish game continues with the Quick Ruy XX: The Archangelsk Part 1. He covers a lot of ground here, all based on the trunk line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7. This week he covers the direct 7.c3, and suggests that black has little to worry about in those lines. Stay tuned next week though, for the stubborn 7.d3. As always, let us know what you think! ... [Read More]

February 3, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at an incredible battle from the recently concluded super-GM tournament in Gibraltar. The game, Yusupov - Shirov, 2012, featured some of the wild play that has made Shirov famous. Kick back, enjoy, and as always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

January 31, 2012

At the ChessVideos.TV headquarters we've been getting messages from concerned fans that we've ended the Quick Ruy prematurely (having not covered all the relevant lines). Rest assured, that was a mistake. We've only concluded the Open Ruy. The Quick Ruy fights ... [Read More]

January 28, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the final installment of his epic series on the Ruy Lopez. He presents, the Quick Ruy 19, covering the 9.c3 Nc5/Be7 lines. He covers a lot of the transpositional possibilites, gives an overview of the theoretical landscape, and suggests a few small novelties. At last we have everything the aspiring Ruy Lopez player could ever want! As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

January 20, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the Quick Ruy 18, covering the 9.c3 Bc5 lines of the Open Ruy. These are some lively lines, so check them out. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

January 13, 2012

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a break from his series on the Ruy Lopez to present some excellent king and pawn endgame play from Akiba Rubinstein. The video is a lot of fun and highlights the decisive impact of even tiny advantages in pawn endgames. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

January 6, 2012

In this week's lesson, the Quick Ruy Lopez continues, with the second half of Dennis' coverage of 9.Nbd2 in the Open Ruy. He analyzes the variation 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Bxe6 Nxe6 12.cxd4 Ncxd4 and then moves on to the main lines, 13.Ne4 and 13.a4. Let us know what you ... [Read More]

January 3, 2012

We had some sound problems with Dennis' new installment of the Quick Ruy Lopez series. Sorry for the inconvenience. The video has now been fixed, so check it ... [Read More]

December 30, 2011

Dennis continues the Quick Ruy with installment XVI, the first of a two part discussion of 9.Nbd2. He presents some sparkling play from Kasparov for your chess enjoyment. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

December 23, 2011

This week brings the continuation of Dennis' series on the Quick Ruy Lopez. In part fifteen of his epic series, Dennis takes a look at the 9.Be3 line of the Open Ruy. This is a key line, so check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

December 19, 2011

Dennis' epic series on the Ruy resumes with the Quick Ruy Lopez XIV: 9.Qe2 Open Ruy. Dennis examines three possibilities for black: the wild/dubious 9...g5, the very sharp and deep 9…Be7 10.Rd1 Nc5 and the old and solid 9…Be7 10.Rd1 0-0. Fun viewing for players of all openings and required for players who get into the Spanish Game for either side. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

December 9, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at a little known game from 1988 between Mikhail Tal and Boris Spassky. Though it was a blitz game, it features exciting and instructive play from both sides. The game saw Tal employ the Austrian Attack against the Pirc, leading to sharp play. Beyond the exciting tactics, there's good information for dealing with pawn structures that feature multiple pawn islands. ... [Read More]

December 2, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at a recent game between child GMs Parimarjan Negi and Anish Giri. The game features an impressive attacking effort from Negi who sustains the pressure even once the queens leave the board. The video also provides an overview of a weapon for white players fearful of the French Defense. As always, check it out and let us know what you think! ... [Read More]

November 25, 2011

In this week's belated Thanksgiving episode, Dennis takes a look at how to respond to provocation in the opening. He examines the game Zoltan Almasi - Guseinov, 2011. Almasi reacts to a provocative knight move from Guseinov, with interesting results. Take a look and as always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

November 22, 2011

In this week's lesson IM Renier Castellanos takes a look at clean and straightforward play from Michael Adams. Adams is known for using simple chess at the very top level and this Bogo-Indian against Huzman is no exception. Check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

November 18, 2011

In honor of Mikhail Tal's 75th birthday last week, Dennis brings us a classic example of the former champion's genius. Dennis presents a 1987 blitz game against Miguel Quinteros in which Tal provides a model of attacking play against the Pirc. This one is exciting and to the point, so check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

November 11, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at white plans involving e4 against the Stonewall Dutch. If you're looking for balanced coverage, this is the place to find it, as Dennis presents the idea from both perspectives. He begins with one of his own games and then follows it up with a classic: Flohr - Botvinnik, 1933. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

November 6, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier takes a look at the game Smirin - Abasov, 2011, a tense struggle in the Tarrasch variation of the French Defense. The game highlights the incredible creativity of Israeli GM Ilya Smirin. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

November 4, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents Vallejo the Attacker, a discussion of two games by the fiery Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo Pons. These games not only entertain, but if you want to play along, they will stretch your ability to calculate. Good viewing, whether you want to kick back and enjoy or you want to put on your thinking cap and work hard. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

October 28, 2011

In this week's video, Dennis continues his soup to nuts take on the Ruy Lopez, with the Quick Ruy Lopez XIII, an examination of 5.Nc3, d4 ideas on moves five and six, and the tricky Riga variation. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

October 23, 2011

In his newest lesson, Renier takes a look at the Guimard variation of the Tarrasch French Defense. The Tarrasch is one of the key lines of the French Defense and the Guimard constitutes a bold try for equality for black. Renier, as always, provides entertaining commentary and important analysis. Good viewing for players of both sides of the French ... [Read More]

October 22, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents the Quick Ruy 12, covering the 5.d3 & 6.d3 lines. The line has a long history spanning all the way to Steinitz - Blackburne, 1876, but is still popular. It was used in a clash between Carlsen and Topalov last year. Check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

October 15, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at an old game to show an idea that might just be getting its day in the sun. He analyzes Plaskett - Short, 2000, to examine using an isolated queen pawn against the French defense. The idea may be coming back into style with the release of the recent book, Fighting the French: A New Concept. Take a look and let us know what you ... [Read More]

October 6, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents a personal highlight, an exciting game he played against former U.S. champion Walter "Mr. Six Time" Browne. The game features exciting home preparation (with the help of Jay Whitehead) and a complicated struggle. Great analysis and an interesting story, what more could you ask for? Check it ... [Read More]

September 30, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at Jakovenko - Gelfand, 2011, which after a novelty on move 37(!) ended up in a fascinating rook ending. Dennis discusses many thematic endgame ideas: centralizing the king, the power of passed pawns, and more. If you think rook endgames are boring, guess ... [Read More]

September 22, 2011

Dennis is back with analysis of your games and answers to your questions. The September edition of Viewer Games and Questions is a whopper, coming in at almost 70 minutes of exciting chess analysis. He covers lines in the English, Scotch, and King's Gambit, as well as an example of how to play against an IQP in the endgame.

Even better, Dennis has a bonus video this week. He provides advice on counter-attacking against the King's Gambit through ... [Read More]

September 17, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis continues his series, the Quick Ruy Lopez, with an analysis of black's sidelines after 4.Ba4. He studies the Norwegian variation (4...b5 5.Bb3 Na5), the Delayed Schliemann/Jaenisch (4...f5), and the Steinitz Deferred (4...d6). This is a good wrap up for white players looking to fend off pesky sidelines and black players who want to mix things up. Dennis covers a wide variety of ideas for both colors, but don't worry, he keeps it straightforward and easy to follow. ... [Read More]

September 11, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier takes a look at the recent game Andreikin - Dreev, an exciting struggle in the Panov Attack line of the Caro-Kann. Andreikin exhibits sharp attacking play and Renier's video has a lot to teach us about cracking the Caro-Kann. Must watch for players of both sides of the Panov ... [Read More]

September 8, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents a just-played brilliancy from the 2011 FIDE World Cup. The game, between titans Gata Kamsky and Peter Svidler, features a spectacular combination and a cold-blooded rook move. Check it out and as always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

September 2, 2011

This week’s show covers the impressive win by Marc Esserman over Loek van Wely from this year’s US Open, a nice hatchet job using the Smith-Morra Gambit. Dennis also includes a couple of his old speed chess wins in the Gambit, and offers some advice for Black as to how to, and how not to, decline ... [Read More]

August 26, 2011

Dennis takes a look at the game Karpov - Georgiev, Biel 1994, an exciting QGD that features tactical fireworks from one of the all-time greats, Anatoly Karpov. Dennis focuses on the relevant pawn structures as well as a fight over the effectiveness of black's light-squared bishop. The positional struggle culminates in an exciting tactical denouement. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

August 23, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. The line is a former favorite of yours truly and a great option for anyone hoping to learn about positional play or the fundamentals of endgame strategy. Dennis know these lines well, so pay attention!

Also, Dennis has an extra special treat for his viewers this week...another video! He takes a look at some more games in the Schliemann variation of the Ruy Lopez ... [Read More]

August 15, 2011

In this week's lesson, IM Renier Castellanos takes a look at Cheparinov - Vallejo, 2011 from the recent tournament in Baku. The game is a modern Benoni that features the opening's typical middlegame ideas and then an instructive endgame. There's something to learn in all phases here, so check it out. As always, Renier provides incisive analysis. ... [Read More]

August 12, 2011

Test your calculation and imagination this week, in which FM Dennis Monokroussos gives a lesson in resourcefulness in blitz. During a recent blitz game, Dennis shows how at a critical point in the game he finds an interesting idea to challenge his opponent and eventually unravel his position. Play along with Dennis and see if you can calculate the variations and best moves for each side as he navigates you through the ... [Read More]

August 6, 2011

Renier is back with an analysis of the exciting game Korobov - Smirin, 2011, a tense struggle in the King's Indian Bayonet Attack. The game features fighting on every part of the board with kingside/queenside attacks and skirmishes in the center. An exciting and complex endgame follows. There's something to learn in every phase here, so pay ... [Read More]

August 4, 2011

This week, Dennis presents the August edition of Viewer Games and Questions. He covers a number of opening topics, mostly about offbeat lines like the Budapest, Trompowsky, and Grand Prix Attack. He also discusses several middlegame and endgame ideas, like the principle of two weaknesses. This lesson is a potpourri of good chess advice and analysis, so check it ... [Read More]

July 30, 2011

Zibbit recently posted a new PPV video lesson, Lessons #1 - Endings, Biel and WTC <2>:

All the top players in the world are providing us with new games in Biel, Dortmund and the World Team Championships. FM Ingvar Johannesson has chosen three game fragments from these recent games for short lessons in important endgame principles including pawn endings, rooks on the 7th and king safety. This lesson should be suitable up the 2000 elo level.

Special Offer: Between now and end of day ... [Read More]

July 29, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes a look at a recent game from the Biel International Chess Festival. The game, Morozevich - Shirov, features wild tactics from two players known for their creative (and uncompromising!) play. If you want to learn about handling material imbalances or are just looking for a wild ride, check it out! ... [Read More]

July 24, 2011

This week, FM Dennis Monokroussos concludes the Berlin Endgame series. In this video he takes a look at two very high-level games in the line 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5, showing some different plans and giving a general idea of where things stand at the moment.

Check it out here: Quick Ruy 9: Berlin Ending ... [Read More]

July 19, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier takes a look at the game Radjabov - Harikrishna, 2011, a tense struggle in the Italian Game. The game remains quiet but very tense for a long time before the tactical fireworks commence. Great for players who want to learn about attacking in the long term. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

July 16, 2011

In this week's lesson Dennis takes a break from his series on the Ruy Lopez to give us some slugfests. He takes a look at GM Beliavsky's efforts against the vicious Velimirovic attack in the Sicilian Sozin. Named after the famous Yugoslav Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic, the line features vicious pawn attacks from both sides. Dennis invites the viewer to join in the analysis. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

July 8, 2011

In this week's video, Dennis brings us The Berlin Endgame, part 2, a portion of his ongoing series on the Quick Ruy Lopez. There's a lot of important (and subtle) theoretical content here that Dennis illustrates using recent high-level play. Must watch for Berlin players as well as people who want to learn the subtleties of endgame strategy. As always, be sure to let us know what you ... [Read More]

June 30, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis brings us the Quick Ruy 7: The Berlin Endgame. We've finally reached the dreaded Berlin Defense, and Dennis starts with one of the most famous opening -> endgame transitions in all of chess. As a new Ruy player, I'll be watching this one and taking notes. You should ... [Read More]

June 30, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier presents the game Salgado - Smirin, 2011, a Sicilian Kan slugfest. The game builds on earlier videos on the tenatcious Sicilian line and contains a number of exciting attacking ideas. Check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

June 24, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents two nice wins vs. the Caro-Kann. He shows a nice (and instructive way) to make black's life miserable in the Classical Caro-Kann. Required viewing for those of us (like me) who use the Caro as well as for those of you looking for a solid way to get a nice position for white. ... [Read More]

June 21, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier takes a look at some new ideas in the Rossolimo, a popular anti-Sicilian line (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5). Renier takes a look at a recent top-level game and presents some exciting opening analysis. If you're looking for a fresh weapon against the Sicilian or just want to see some exciting opening play, check it ... [Read More]

June 16, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis brings you the sixth installment of his series on the Quick Ruy Lopez. This edition is the second part of his analysis of the sidelines to the Berlin defense. These lines are important for players of the white side of the Ruy as well as Berlin adherents who might be looking to trip their opponent up in sidelines. This is shaping up to be an epic opening video series, so check it out. As always, let us know what you ... [Read More]

June 12, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis presents part five of the Quick Ruy Lopez. He covers the sidelines of the Berlin Defense in the first of a series of videos on the dreaded Berlin Wall. If you're looking for a new weapon as black or want a better idea of the critical lines from white's perspective, check it ... [Read More]

June 10, 2011

Zibbit aka FM Ingvar Johannesson gives an overview of which lines black needs to know about to play the Benoni. There is also a brief summary of key themes such as fighting against the Nd2-c4 manoeuvre in the Fianchetto and what to avoid such as the e5 break in the Knaak variation. Finally some advice about early move orders and which lines can possibly be cut out with those. Here is the link: Benoni - Into and overview for black.

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June 6, 2011

In this week's lesson, IM Renier Castellanos takes a look at positional play in the Slav Defense. He examines the game Quang - Bruzon, 2011, with a focus on the theme of the bishop pair and key pawn structures. Positional play is the foundation of good chess, so pay ... [Read More]

June 3, 2011

In this week's video, Dennis answers your questions and looks at your games in the June 2011 edition of Viewer Questions and Games. Topics covered include opening lines like the Winawer French and the English opening as well as middlegame themes like essential pawn structures and minority attacks. These videos cover a wide range of topics and are of interest to players of all levels. Enjoy and let us know what you think! ... [Read More]

May 31, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier presents New Ideas in the Sicilian Kan, Part 2. He takes a look at another game of Dmitry Andreikin's, this time against Lazaro Bruzon, one of Cuba's top players. For cutting edge opening information and top-level play, check this ... [Read More]

May 27, 2011

Dennis is back with the May 2011 edition of Viewer Games. These games look at the art of attack and counterattack. All three games focus on a similar theme: the race between a kingside attack and a counter in the center or on the queenside. Check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

May 22, 2011

Renier is back with a lesson on new ideas in the Sicilian Kan. He takes a look at the exciting game Dominguez - Andreikin, with an eye toward key opening and early middlegame ideas. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you ... [Read More]

May 20, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis takes look at the first game of the Candidates Final match between Grischuk and Gelfand. The game is both exciting and instructive, with Dennis taking a look at important ideas surrounding queenside majorities. This is shaping up to be an epic match, so be sure to check out Dennis' coverage of the first ... [Read More]

May 13, 2011

In this week's lesson, Dennis continues his discussion of the Spanish game with part 4 of the Quick Ruy Lopez. This video is also the third part on the Jaenisch/Schliemann and will be the concluding lesson on this pugnacious line. These videos provide a solid foundation for players facing the Ruy Lopez against opponents of all strengths. Check it ... [Read More]

May 9, 2011

In this week's lesson, Renier takes a look at the game Rublevsky - Areschenko from the 2011 Russian Team Championship. Rublevsky employs a very tricky move order in order to get the kind of position he wants against an expert in the Sicilian Najdorf. The finesse leads to a tense middlegame in which white applies a tremendous amount of pressure. Check it ... [Read More]