How to Play Chess - Lessons from an International Master

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How to Play Chess
Lessons from an International Master

2015

Chess is a sport, a science, and an art. For more than a thousand years, people around the world have enjoyed this game of skill and tactics and intellectual prowess. From Parisian nightclubs to Hollywood films to everyday...

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Director
Jeremy Silman

In This Series

The World of Chess
Episode 1
The World of Chess
Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
Episode 2
Secrets of the Pawns and Knights
Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
Episode 3
Castling, Checkmate, Chess Engines, Draws
Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
Episode 4
Must-Know Tactical Patterns in Chess
Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
Episode 5
Chess Combinations and Kings in Check
Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
Episode 6
Checkmate! Back-Rank, Smothered, and More
Checkmate against a Castled King
Episode 7
Checkmate against a Castled King
Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
Episode 8
Legendary Attacking Greats of Chess
A Cascade of Short, Brutal Chess Games!
Episode 9
A Cascade of Short, Brutal Chess Games!
Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
Episode 10
Chess Heroes of the Romantic Age
Open Files and the Positional Rook
Episode 11
Open Files and the Positional Rook
Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
Episode 12
Pawns: The Positional Soul of Chess
Positional Weaknesses and Targets in Chess
Episode 13
Positional Weaknesses and Targets in Chess
Closed and Open Positions on the Chessboard
Episode 14
Closed and Open Positions on the Chessboard
Chess Statics vs. Dynamics: An Eternal Battle
Episode 15
Chess Statics vs. Dynamics: An Eternal Battle
Using Chessboard Imbalances to Create Plans
Episode 16
Using Chessboard Imbalances to Create Plans
Legendary Teachers Who Transformed Chess
Episode 17
Legendary Teachers Who Transformed Chess
Chess Endgames and the King’s Magical Powers
Episode 18
Chess Endgames and the King’s Magical Powers
Kings and Pawns in Next-Level Endgames
Episode 19
Kings and Pawns in Next-Level Endgames
Triangulation and Two Critical Rook Endgames
Episode 20
Triangulation and Two Critical Rook Endgames
Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
Episode 21
Chess Openings: The Right and Wrong Way
Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
Episode 22
Chess Psychology and the Known Unknown
The Chess Amateur’s Mind
Episode 23
The Chess Amateur’s Mind
Picking a Chess Hero
Episode 24
Picking a Chess Hero