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Special Pawn Moves
  • Special Pawn Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 28, 2015 3021 views 8 min
  • Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves? FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.
Castling!
  • Castling!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 25, 2015 3637 views 9 min
  • Have you ever moved two of your chess pieces — on the same move? FM Mike Klein explains the special move called castling, where you are allowed to tuck your king safely away toward the corner. How do you castle? When are you allowed to do it? When are you definitely not allowed to castle? FM Mike Klein has all the answers in this important video.
Rook Roller!
  • Rook Roller!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2015 4810 views 4 min
  • So you know how to mate with a queen, but what if you have a couple of rooks instead? Don’t worry — it’s even easier! FM Mike Klein shows you an ironclad technique for achieving this basic checkmate. Watch this video and get those rooks rolling in your own endgames.
King And Queen Mate!
  • King And Queen Mate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 18, 2015 5291 views 9 min
  • What’s one of the most common checkmates in the game? The king and queen mate, of course. FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how to mate with this combination, building a fence to contain the enemy king. Learn how to use the king and queen together to force checkmate and win the game.
Help Needed!
  • Help Needed!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 14, 2015 6611 views 5 min
  • Checkmate is the goal, but how do you create one in a game? FM Mike Klein gives you the recipe for an easy checkmate using an important concept: the helper. Learn how to use your pieces to help one another to trap and destroy the enemy king.
Stalemate!
  • Stalemate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 11, 2015 5238 views 6 min
  • If you’re in check and can’t get out, it’s checkmate — you learned that in the last video. But what happens when a player is not in check, but has no piece or pawn able to move? That’s something different entirely: stalemate — a tie. FM Mike Klein explains what stalemate is, what it means, and how you can avoid it if you’re winning — or hope for it if you’re losing.
Checkmate!
  • Checkmate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 7, 2015 7014 views 8 min
  • You know about check, but what's the real goal of the game? Checkmate! FM Mike Klein tells you what this important chess term means and how to recognize it.
Check!
  • Check!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 4, 2015 6418 views 7 min
  • What’s the most urgent move in chess? Check! FM Mike Klein shows you how to give a check, and what to do if you find yourself in check. Learn the memory aid “CPR” — capture, protect, or run away — to get your king out of check.
Stop Copying Me Again!
  • Stop Copying Me Again!

  • Jonathan Corbblah Feb 28, 2015 8131 views 9 min
  • The Four Knights Opening is extremely popular, especially in youth chess. But what should you do if your opponent keeps copying your moves in this opening? Learn how to take advantage of some tricky positions if your opponent won’t stop mirroring your moves! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!
  • When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!

  • Amanda Mateer Feb 25, 2015 5677 views 8 min
  • It’s one of the most important questions in chess: when do you trade pieces? Coach Amanda lets you know when it’s a good idea to exchange your pieces, and when it’s not. In this video, learn how to trade pieces to simplify the position and press your advantage. Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.