The Way We Were

Do you ever cast your mind back to the way we were? The last year and a half has proved to be a very challenging time for everyone. So many aspects of our lives have been changed dramatically and no doubt some of our former ways are destined never to return. In the small world […]

Tricky Pawn Endgames

Earlier this week we indulged in a little endgame magic. We now return to the final phase of the game to examine some tricky pawn endgames. The inspiration for today’s post comes from spending some time exploring – and enjoying – the Pawn Endgames Workbook by International Master Ahmad Alkhatib. The course examines numerous positions featuring pawns […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Queen’s Gambit Janowski Variation

Lifetime Repertoires: Queen’s Gambit Janowski Variation by Grandmaster Max Warmerdam is this week’s release in our flagship series of Chessable courses. This one offers a full and interesting repertoire for Black against 1.d4. The Janowski Variation is a name which may not immediately ring any bells. Indeed, it often goes unmentioned in works offering a 1.d4 […]

Harikrishna’s Endgame Magic

Let’s start the week with a little magic. Harikrishna’s Endgame Magic, to be precise. Grandmaster Harikrishna Pentala is already known to Chessable users thanks to his excellent opening courses: Lifetime Repertoires: Taimanov Sicilian and French Toast: How Harikrishna Fries 1…e6. This time, he is turning his attention from the first phase of the game to the last. […]

Chessable Legend Becomes Youngest Grandmaster in the World!

Every chess player will be familiar with the question: ‘How long does it take to become a Grandmaster?’ Usually we give a vague answer. After all, why should we know? However, today, we have an answer you can happily quote. Here is the script: Q: ‘How long does it take to become a Grandmaster?’ A: ’12 […]

A Course Exploring Chess Tactics

Studying chess openings is all well and good, but there are many other aspects of chess which deserve your attention. This brings us very neatly to Exploring Chess Tactics, the brand new Chessable course by the enigmatic National Master mn79. Tactics, Tactics, Tactics… This course follows up National Master mn79’s first course on tactics. The introduction explains the mission […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch

This week sees the release of Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly’s Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch- Part 1 Chessable course. Part 1 covers the Nimzo-Indian Defense and most of the 1.d4 deviations, such as the London System and the Trompowsky Attack. The second part of the course will examine the Semi-Tarrasch Defense and wrap up the remainder of the 1.d4 systems, […]

We Need To Talk About Short Draws

Look; we need to talk about short draws. Recent elite chess tournaments are witnessing a rise in games either similar – or identical – to these examples. The games will be familiar to anyone following the action over at chess24.com. Final Position Final Position Why Play for Short Draws? What exactly is going on here? […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Benko Gambit

Lifetime Repertoires: Benko Gambit by Grandmaster Swapnil Dhopade offers a full repertoire for Black against 1.d4. The Benko Gambit acts as the repertoire’s backbone, but White’s early deviations (such as the London System – 2.Bf4 for 2.Nf3 and then 3.Bf4 – and Trompowsky Attack (2.Bg5) are analysed too. If White likes the idea of playing 1.d4 and […]

Is Magnus Carlsen The Greatest Chess Player Of All Time?

Is Magnus Carlsen the greatest chess player of all time? His recent success in the FTX Crypto Cup is the latest in a very long line of tournament victories. Is he the greatest of all time? The (if you will pardon the overused acronym) GOAT? That is quite a question – and, despite his many […]

Master Your Chess With Judit Polgar Part 1

Grandmaster Judit Polgar‘s chess career is full of record-breaking achievements. From becoming a Grandmaster at the age of 15 (beating the record held up until then by Bobby Fischer), through victories against nine World Champions (including Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov) to competing in the 2005 FIDE World Chess Championship, Polgar has done it […]

‘How To Chess’ – The New Chessable Podcast

How to Chess Podcast

We have major news for you today. National Master Ben Johnson is launching, together with Chessable, the new ‘How To Chess’ podcast. Ben is already famous for his extremely popular Perpetual Chess Podcast and we are delighted to be able to collaborate with him on this exciting new project. How To Chess is, in Ben’s own words, ‘a brand […]