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Controlling the Center - Part 1
  • Controlling the Center - Part 1

  • FM Alisa Melekhina 1 Jun 14, 2014 2439 views 14 min
  • Making her ChessKid debut today is FM Alisa Melekhina. What's that "FM" thingy in front of her name? Is she another FunMaster? We sure think so. Today she wants to show you the importance of controlling the center. Assisting her is World Champion Alexander Alekhine. He's first in the alphabet and should be number one on your study list. Watch him play in the middle and slice through Black's weakened king!
Keeping the Tempo: Rook Moves in Mysterious Ways! - Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: Rook Moves in Mysterious Ways! - Part 1

  • ChessKidTV ChessKidTV Jun 12, 2014 2151 views 31 min
  • She moves in mysterious ways! Who knew rooks were girls? MusicCityMaster explains all with the combo of rook moves you weren't expecting, mixed with music you've probably never heard of. What's harder - guessing the moves or pretending to enjoy your parent's taste in music? You decide!
Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!
  • Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 10, 2014 6704 views 7 min
  • When is a knight better than a rook? When the rook can't find any open files on the map, that's a good bet the knight is better! Watch as FunMasterMike divulges the secrets to Exchange sacrifices, and explains why you shouldn't turn off the faucet. Well, you should when you're brushing your teeth, but not when you're analyzing. Confused? Watch and all will be explained!
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 1
  • Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 1

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jun 7, 2014 2608 views 7 min
  • Want to win as Black in fewer than 20 moves?! Of course you do! GM Benzoo starts a new series and shows you how. Pro tip: play like Morphy! Benzoo's favorite player (the first World Champion) loves getting all of his pieces out. Here he accepts the Evans Gambit, but he's the one who gets to do the attacking. Morphy caps off the game with a crazy checkmate that you've probably never seen before. Watch this stunning idea!
Your Games Analyzed! – Show 13 - Part 1
  • Your Games Analyzed! – Show 13 - Part 1

  • ChessKidTV ChessKidTV Jun 5, 2014 1870 views 25 min
  • Did you miss it? Your Games Analyzed was away for a month while FunMasterMike was on assignment. But that means he had a whole month of games to pick from! The result? A crazy game with pawns promoting in the middlegame; it also ended with smothered mate. Then we had a rare windmill attack (the subject of the most recent PandoPuzzler), and to cap it off, the Tactic of the Week! That's a whole month of amazement in one show, and this is just part 1!
Zugzwang: FunMasterMike's Games
  • Zugzwang: FunMasterMike's Games

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 3, 2014 4470 views 8 min
  • Is it possible to have a chessboard full of pieces but not have any good moves? It sure is, and FunMasterMike shows you two examples from his games. These "zugzwang" positions are extremely powerful, and they also prove to your teacher that you are focusing on your opponent's moves as much as your own. Or should we say, your opponent's lack of moves!
Castling Catastrophes! - Part 3: More Warning Signs
  • Castling Catastrophes! - Part 3: More Warning Signs

  • Ross Colby 1 May 31, 2014 3217 views 11 min
  • For the next installment of SkungFrog's series, he shows you an opening mistake in the Caro-Kann. White gets a big lead in development, and Black doesn't see the warning signs (but you will!). After castling queenside, two beautiful checkmates occur. See if you can find them before SkungFrog shows you!
King of Fast Chess Finals – Part 2
  • King of Fast Chess Finals – Part 2

  • ChessKidTV ChessKidTV May 29, 2014 1596 views 33 min
  • The most exciting game in ChessKid history! After splitting the first two games 1-1, everything comes down to this third and final game in the King of Fast Chess Finals! In fact, it all boils down to a few precious seconds. Watch and see the drama, the tension, the single-most exhilarating game in ChessKid history!
King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5
  • King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 May 29, 2014 5262 views 6 min
  • Center pawns are better, right? Well, yes and no! It depends on the part of the game. GM Benzoo explains why toward the end, outside passed pawns are more useful. Why would a pawn on the edge of the board be preferable? Have you ever seen the cartoon where a raw steak is thrown to a guard dog? The enemy king is distracted in exactly the same way!
Your Games Analyzed! – Show 13 - Part 2
  • Your Games Analyzed! – Show 13 - Part 2

  • ChessKidTV ChessKidTV May 29, 2014 1350 views 27 min
  • In part 2, a ChessKid who played FunMasterMike in the Friday night "Play the Masters" program gets his game analyzed! He showed some creative tactics against the master, and he nearly held the draw before falling in the endgame. The second game in part 2 features an attack so complicated, even FunMasterMike can't figure it out. He asks ChessKids to analyze it and message him with their analysis!
Exchange Sacrifices: Getting a Dominant Bishop!
  • Exchange Sacrifices: Getting a Dominant Bishop!

  • FM FunMasterMike May 27, 2014 6305 views 8 min
  • Are you a dragon or a dragon slayer? In the Sicilian Dragon, Black's dark-squared bishop is a beast - often worth much more than a rook. Watch these two examples where Black refuses to trade it off, even willing to offer the Exchange just to safeguard the heroic bishop. Once the offer is made, all that's left to do is bombard the White king and remove his shield!
Score the Full Point! - Part 3
  • Score the Full Point! - Part 3

  • MikeWCA 1 May 24, 2014 4310 views 14 min
  • Coach Amori is back, teaching you the ins and outs (or is it do's and dont's?) of trading. Fair trades are sometimes the name of the game, but sometimes you should look for more. You'll also learn about the Italian game (yum!), guardian f7, and pawn breaks. That's a full lesson - we hope you brought two sharpened pencils!
Keeping the Tempo: 2014 US Championship and Beyond - Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: 2014 US Championship and Beyond - Part 1

  • ChessKidTV ChessKidTV May 22, 2014 1970 views 28 min
  • The most patriotic Keeping the Tempo episode yet! Coach Todd shows games from the current U.S. Championship, complete with an All-American soundtrack. Do you have what it takes to one day compete in the U.S. Championship? How about the guitar or singing skills to fill up an arena? Today you'll learn how to make a little closer to the chess competition. Sorry, we can't help you sing better!