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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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"…
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…
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…
Chess Statics vs. Dynamics: An Eternal Battle
Episode 15 of How to Play Chess
Much of chess boils down to the tension between static play versus dynamic play. Static play encompasses the long game and positional advantage, while dynamic play is all about tactics and aggressive attacks. Find out when to rely on each…
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…
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,…
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…
Open Files and the Positional Rook
Episode 11 of How to Play Chess
Almost everyone enjoys tactics, but tactics are not the most important element of the game. Begin the first of several lessons on positional play and chess strategy, starting with the rooks. Learn why and how to create an open file…
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…
Closed and Open Positions on the Chessboard
Episode 14 of How to Play Chess
It's always important to develop your pieces as quickly as possible, but once developed, open and closed board positions require very different strategic approaches. Study these differences and find out how to use your knights, bishops, or rooks for greatest…
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…
Using Chessboard Imbalances to Create Plans
Episode 16 of How to Play Chess
In this lesson, you'll begin putting all the pieces together from previous lessons. Learn to read the board for imbalances, and then discover how to put those imbalances to work. A wealth of examples teaches you to understand "the body…
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…
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…
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,…