New User Guide
Welcome to ChessVideos.TV!
The purpose of this guide is to familiarize you with the many features our website has to offer. To take full advantage of these features, we suggest that you register to become a ChessVideos.TV member. Registration is not required to view our content, but it will allow you to post new topics in the forums and comment on existing videos and discussions. Becoming a member is easy and completely free. Click here to register now!
ChessVideos.tv is a community driven site dedicated to chess discussion and training. What sets us apart from other chess sites is our extensive (and free!) video training library. Since the site's creation in February 2007, over 100 producers have contributed more than 2,000 videos. Additionally, our more than 4000 professional and amateur members have contributed over 30,000 posts to the forums.
ChessVideos.TV provides many opportunities for expert players to exchange ideas and for amateurs of all skill levels to learn the finer points of the game. The next section of the User Guide will point out a few of them.
The homepage is the place to read our site's latest announcements including video competitions, ChessVideos.TV members of the week, and other special features and initiatives. Featured videos are posted on the right-hand side of the page. Finally, links to the forums and other tools and articles are available on the homepage.
These forums are primarily text-only.
General Chess Discussion Here, members post ideas and questions about opening theory, online play, tournaments, and all other things pertaining to chess.
Chess Game Replays and Analysis Using the ChessVideos.tv game replayer, members may post their own games to the forum for discussion and analysis. Our expert-level members have regularly offered helpful advice to posts in this forum.
Training Journals The best way to help yourself commit to attaining any goal is to tell others about it. On this page, you can create your own online chess training journal and let the ChessVideos community support you along the way. Members frequently use their journals to plan their training schedule and keep track of tactics scores and tournament results.
Interviews Forum member, Robofriven, presents interviews with well-known chess players including Josh Waitzkin, Dan Heisman, and Jeremy Silman. Interviews with past Member of the Week winners are also posted here.
These forums contain free chess videos of all lengths. They are categorized by topic and skill level.
Beginner Chess Strategy Videos In this forum, chess beginners post videos of their games and advanced players post video lessons with beginner content. Videos feature 1st person live commentary of a game in progress or analysis of a past game.
Intermediate or Advanced Chess Strategy Videos More experienced players post their videos here. Videos feature 1st person live commentary of a game in progress or analysis of a past game.
Game Analysis Videos Here, members can post video analysis of their own past games or games posted by other forum members in the video forum or the game replay forum. Another possibility is to post analysis of famous games from chess history.
Master Hangout Chessvideos.tv is fortunate to have many chess masters among its members, including IM Greg Shahade (Curtains), FM Ingvar Johanneson (Zibbit), FM Charles Galofre (The Salesman), and FM Graham Morrison (sqmorr). Visitors to the site have benefited greatly from the insights they have shared with our community. Master Hangout is a special forum created for the use of these titled players. Videos feature 1st person live commentary of a game in progress or analysis of a past game.
Training Videos from the Masters An ever-growing library of free instructional videos from titled players. Currently, we host videos from FM Dennis Monokroussos, IM Luis Coelho, and GM Josh Friedel. Videos are primarily analysis.
Howto: Record a video - Guide for recording videos using free software
Howto: Post a video - Guide for posting videos to the site
From the main page, you may access these special tools which may help you as you practice your game.
Diagram Generator Create a diagram of a specific chess position and use it in a post on our forums. You can also use the diagram generator to create diagrams for your blog or chess site.
Endgame Simulator Practice a number of typical endgames against the Crafty chess engine. You can also input your own endgame positions.
Visualization Trainer These challenging exercises ask you to complete different tasks without using a chess board. Play against the clock as you improve your visualization skills.
Game Replayer Convert PGN files of your past games into a replay which you can post on our forums. The uploader also generates a replayable window you can embed in your blog or chess site.
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