The Sicilian
  • The Sicilian

  • IM Daniel Rensch Jul 29, 2015 2164 views 11 min
  • If you play 1. e4, you’d better learn one of the most popular and aggressive ways Black can respond: the Sicilian Defense. IM Danny Rensch gives you an easy-to-digest overview of the opening, categorizing each variation’s basic ideas. Stick around for a bonus lesson on what not to do in this common opening.
Trading To Win
  • Trading To Win

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 22, 2015 5022 views 11 min
  • A big part of chess is trading material — all the best players do it, but only when it’s a good trade. FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson. You’ll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
More Castle Chess Camp Battles
  • More Castle Chess Camp Battles

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 18, 2015 4444 views 10 min
  • FM Mike Klein is back with another exciting game from the Castle Chess camp. Beware the danger of leaving your king in the middle too long. In this game, White demolishes Black, taking advantage of a king that couldn’t find his home fast enough. Pay special attention for some extra pointers from FM Klein, including when it is OK to answer a threat with another threat of your own.
When To Check
  • When To Check

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 15, 2015 4316 views 6 min
  • Checking is the most forcing move you can make in chess — but when should you do it? FM Mike Klein teaches you the right time to check, and just as important, when not to do it. Learn how to use this powerful move correctly and your rating will go up quickly.
A Castle Chess Camp Battle
  • A Castle Chess Camp Battle

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 11, 2015 4858 views 12 min
  • FM Mike Klein reviews one of the best games from the recent Castle Chess camp to demonstrate an important lesson: don’t force your opponents’ pieces where they want to go anyway. Watch how a 1300-rated player beat a much-higher rated opponent who did not follow FunMasterMike’s advice at all.
Tactics On The f-Pawns
  • Tactics On The f-Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 8, 2015 4657 views 8 min
  • Are you ready for some tactical fun? FM Mike Klein shows you the two best squares on the whole board to attack the king: f2 and f7. Learn from FM Klein and Bobby Fischer how to use these naturally weak squares to go after your opponent — and have lots of fun at the same time.
Opening Traps: More Scholar's Mate!
  • Opening Traps: More Scholar's Mate!

  • David Petty Jul 4, 2015 4789 views 12 min
  • Last time, ChessKid coach David Petty introduced you to scholar’s mate, and showed you how to stop it when White plays his bishop out first. But what do you do when White aggressively moves his queen on move two? Never worry. Coach Petty has the answer you need to stop this crude threat. Learn all about how to defend against these common checkmating attempts.
King To King Opposition
  • King To King Opposition

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 1, 2015 4714 views 9 min
  • What happens when two kings face off? It’s opposition. FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess. Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote — all with this one idea, the opposition.
Opening Traps: The Scholar's Mate!
  • Opening Traps: The Scholar's Mate!

  • David Petty Jun 27, 2015 5390 views 7 min
  • It’s the oldest chess trick in the book — but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to know how to stop it! ChessKid coach David Petty shows you the scholar’s mate, which is by far the most common mating attack in the chess beginner’s arsenal. Learn how to defend against this rudimentary threat, and explore the related themes of weak squares on f7 and f2.
The Great Pawn Race
  • The Great Pawn Race

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 24, 2015 5866 views 9 min
  • Are you ready for a race? FM Mike Klein gives you a fun lesson on pawn races, which are the key to many important endgames. Learn how to know if you’re winning or losing the race, and when a special trick can change the result — just like in the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer.”