A great defense against the popular semi-open openings, learn how to use the Sicilian defense in chess.
Sicilian Defense Chess
Let Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk teach you how to play a game of chess in this chess video tutorial. This chess position is from the game Radjabov vs Anand of the 2006 Blitz World Championship. White wins in the Poisoned Pawn Sicilian Defense. To do this chess move, there ...more
This video explores the Magnus Smith Trap, coined after the three-time, Canadian Chess Champion, Magnus Smith. It's a trap that white can play in the Sozin (also known as Fischer variation) of the Sicilian Defense.
This explores Fischer's opening strategies versus various openings. This video looks at one of his defenses against the King's Pawn Opening. The match was played in 1966 in Santa Monica against Wolfgang Unzicker.
See in this Italian Game lesson how to do the Two Knights Defense and the Hungarian Defense in your game of chess. Come on, you know you need to watch this. Everyone should watch this. Everyone who wants to be good at chess anyway.
This explores the Ruy Lopez Classical Defense opening (ECO C64). The video includes a match between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz in the Chess World Championship rematch in 1896. See the Spanish Opening here, and learn it for yourself.
This is a discussion of a trap in the Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense. This is an important trap to know, because it shows what happens if Black tries to hold the center in the Steinitz. When Tarrasch beat Marco in 1892, it signaled the beginning of the end for the Old Steinitz D ...more
See how to operate the French defense and Caro-Kahn defense in your opening chess game.
Here, we explore the Alekhine's Defense, played by Black in countering the king's pawn opening, one of the most common openings used by White in online and over-the-board play.
This is a look at the book lines for the Scandinavian Defense played by Black, exploring variations, and also including a grandmaster game between Karpov and Larsen for illustration.
The move order 1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nd2 c5 5.c3 Bd6 is very annoying because it discourages the key move f2-f4. Instead, White should play a different opening. He can enter a reversed Meran Defense with 6.dxc5, or a Colle System with 6.Ngf3. Matt talks a little bit abo ...more
This chess match involves the use of the King's Indian Defence versus a Queen's pawn opening. See how to do it here. AEDostal  vs jrobi 
An opening strategy used by Black to have a strong attack against White queen/pawn openings. The Benoni Defence and variations have been used by the likes of Bobby Fischer and Kasparov, to name a few. Learn it!
This video features 6...Qc7 in the mainline of the Stonewall, a good move since after the obvious 7.Ngf3, White turns out worse in all lines. Matt suggests an alternate development of pieces including Nh3 and Qf3. The game Van Vliet-Znosko-Borovsky, 1907, is very important fo ...more
This will show you how to think ahead in a game of chess, from no other than "How to Think Ahead in Chess" by I.A.Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld - Chapter 14 - Lasker's Defense To Queen's Gambit Declined: I - Simplification Leads to Freedom. Watch this three-part tutorial. Part 1 ...more
This is a discussion of a tricky line against the Stonewall, the Horowitz Defense (2...Nf6 3.Bd3 Nc6). White allows Black to spend three moves capturing the light squared Bishop and bringing White's pawn from c2 to d3, preventing a ...Ne4 invasion. This makes for very dynamic ...more
We look this time at 1.d4 d5 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 Nc6, a move order I am calling the Teichmann Defense, after the player who first used it. It seems like a little-explored and reasonable approach against the Stonewall. So pay attention.
Learn how to play chess with 2005 Missouri Scholastic Chess Champion Joseph Garnier. If you know nothing of the board game, then you might want to check out this video tutorial. Actually, you need to know a little bit about the game. You really need to know how to play chess, ...more
Here, we explore Fischer's opening strategies versus various other openings. This video looks at his King's Pawn Opening versus Bent Larsen's French Defense. The match was played in 1971 in Denver, with Fischer winning.
In these two videos, Matt discusses 1.d4 d5 2.e3 Bf5, preventing White's Stonewall setup by beating White to the d3-h7 diagonal. The only way White can play for an advantage is to play 3.c4 with the goal of an early attack on b7. Some of these positions can also be reached via ...more
This explores Bobby Fischer's opening strategies versus various openings. This video looks at his tactical use of the King's Indian Defense against a Queen's pawn game. Of particular interest is Fischer's strength in maintaining the tension of the position until an opportunity ...more
SCRABBLE. To some it's just a game, but to me it's life or death. Well, not really, but it feels that way anyway. On a normal weekend, a game becomes much like Jon Thomas' "friendly game of death Scrabble." Video: . When I'm playing a game of SCRABBLE, my friends are not frien ...more
Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk teaches you how to play from the Saavedra position in endgame chess. White plays and wins, but remember to look for the best defense for black. Your rook and kings will get a workout, but if you do it right, you might just get out of a chess jam ...more
This match has me playing against the Alekhine's Defense. As my opponent was rated significantly higher than me, I tried something a little risky in the beginning with a bishop sack. My opponent probably should have been able to win, but I think the sack through him off guard ...more
Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk shows you how to play a magnificent game of chess in this chess video tutorial on the very difficult Rook and Bishop against Rook endgame. See how to use the Philidor's position to win the endgame of chess. The Philidor position is one of the k ...more
This video is a good match that looks at a dual fianchetto setup versus the Sicilian Defence. Don't know what fianchetto is? Well, here's a hint: It involves the bishop.
In this series, Matt will examine the Stonewall Attack for White and display defenses which he thinks are challenging and/or interesting. Here's a prototypical Stonewall game where everything goes right for White.
You know how to play the board game Go, but not really. You just started, you're a beginner, you know nothing of this game that originated in China. You know nothing of strategy, you know nothing of defense, you know nothing about winning the Go game. Sometimes, you can't even ...more
In this video, Matt explores a gambit line for Black in the Four Knight's English: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Nd4!? He found this idea in the book "Starting Out: The English," by Neil McDonald. He spends one sentence dismissing White's acceptance of the gambit with 5.Nx ...more
These are seven videos of different live blitz games to show you some proper moves for fast play. In the first game, as a homage to Krakkaskak, the Polar Bear system, 1.f4, is tried, ending up in unfamiliar territory, but winning on time in an easily one rook ending. The seco ...more
In these videos, you can see how 3 minute chess blitz games are for the greats, because if you're a beginner, you spend too much time analyzing the moves, when they should come almost as second nature. See some common follies in rushed games, and see some good defenses, here a ...more