Jeremy Silman

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The World of Chess
Episode 1 of How to Play Chess
Crossing lines of social class, language barriers, and national boundaries, played in family living rooms and local chess parlors and online games around the world, chess is a truly universal pastime. Discover the basics of the game and how it…
Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
Episode 4 of How to Play Chess
Build your arsenal of tactical skills by looking for winning patterns on the board. After covering three go-to punches--pins, skewers, and forks--Mr. Silman turns to decoys, double attacks, discovered attacks, and more. Armed with these patterns of play, you now…
Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
Episode 2 of How to Play Chess
Although humble, pawns are the most complex pieces on the chessboard. Meanwhile, the leaping knights are perhaps the strangest pieces. Learn how these two pieces move and what strategies to employ with them to control the board. Look at a…
Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
Episode 21 of How to Play Chess
Many people believe openings are the most important part of the game, but as you'll learn in this lesson, this belief is wrong on many levels. Here, you'll encounter a few simple strategies for developing your pieces and getting to…
Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
Episode 3 of How to Play Chess
Complete your review of the basics of chess--including how to castle, the difference between checkmate and stalemate, and the etiquette of play. Then shift your attention to some astonishing aspects of the game and find out about simultaneous exhibitions, blindfolded…
A Cascade of Short, Brutal Chess Games!
Episode 9 of How to Play Chess
Errors are common among players at all levels. We fall into traps, walk headfirst into an opponent's tactic, or simply miss a good move or hidden vulnerability. Review several ways a game can go wrong, from the quick "fool's mate"…
Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
Episode 5 of How to Play Chess
Continue your study of patterns--this time with combination moves that require crafty calculations. Whether you're wondering when (and why) to sacrifice a piece, or you're looking to trap kings in tight corners, or you simply want to unleash a torrent…
Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
Episode 6 of How to Play Chess
Delve into the world of "piece collaboration" --using two or more pieces to win a checkmate. Mr. Silman shows you a number of classic mates that have delighted fans for generations. Not only are these mating patterns flashy and exciting,…
The Chess Amateur’s Mind
Episode 23 of How to Play Chess
See how amateur chess players tend to approach the game--giving away pieces and neglecting to defend against enemy attacks. By studying several common amateur mistakes, you'll strengthen your own chess skills and get into the mindset of thinking through your…
Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
Episode 8 of How to Play Chess
Famous chess players are some of the most fascinating figures in history. Enrich your understanding of tactics by learning about four of the most famous attacking players who ever lived: Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal and Garry Kasparov. Examine…
Legendary Teachers Who Transformed Chess
Episode 17 of How to Play Chess
Meet several key players who advanced the game from the Romantic to the Modern era. In addition to learning about the personalities of players such as Andre Philidor, Wilhelm Steinitz, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Aron Nimzowitsch, you'll study some of their…
Positional Weaknesses and Targets in Chess
Episode 13 of How to Play Chess
Continue your study of pawn movements by examining a number of potential weaknesses. Mr. Silman helps you notice and make use of vulnerabilities such as isolated pawns and doubled pawns. By sharpening your powers of observation, your chess game will…
Checkmate against a Castled King
Episode 7 of How to Play Chess
Castling is an excellent strategy, but a castled king is not invincible. Explore some of the patterns that can be used to checkmate a castled king--particularly using square h7. Look at when to sacrifice a bishop, how to use your…
Chess Endgames and the King’s Magical Powers
Episode 18 of How to Play Chess
While you must have tactical and positional skills to be a formidable chess player, learning the strategy behind a successful endgame is crucial to bringing your understanding of chess to the next level. This first of three lessons on oft-neglected…
Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
Episode 22 of How to Play Chess
Chess is riddled with psychological traps--particularly if you find yourself playing a daunting opponent. Mr. Silman offers insight into several of these traps and helps you maintain your confidence, whether you're playing a peer on your level or one of…
Triangulation and Two Critical Rook Endgames
Episode 20 of How to Play Chess
Round out your study of endgames with an examination of triangulation, a key tactic for gaining control (called "the opposition") in a king-versus-king standoff. Then turn to two common rook endgames: the Lucena Position and the Philidor Position. Mr. Silman…
Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
Episode 10 of How to Play Chess
Step back to an era of gaslights and chess cafes in old Europe. The "romantic era of chess" of the 18th and 19th century was filled with raucous characters who employed swashbuckling tactics to please a crowd. Meet three famous…
Picking a Chess Hero
Episode 24 of How to Play Chess
As you've seen throughout the course, the chess greats all have a unique approach to the game, often rooted in how they understand other players. Round out the course by studying four final champions--Jose Raul Capablanca, Vera Menchik, Bobby Fischer,…
Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
Episode 12 of How to Play Chess
In this lesson, you'll find out why "pawns are the soul of chess." Train your eye to see the pawn structures of a game and their strategic implications. After honing your ability to read a position and see patterns, study…
Kings and Pawns in Next-Level Endgames
Episode 19 of How to Play Chess
Continue your study of endgames, especially those involving the king and one or more pawns. Here you'll find out how to avoid--or create--stalemates and draws, as well as the critical techniques for getting pawns to the end of the board--or…