PoppaBear and FunMasterMike analyzed hundreds of games and showed off the ChessKid tactics system and videos to coaches and parents. We met amazing ChessKids and we were treated to some spectacular chess. Memberships were half off and many kids grabbed one to learn and have fun every day on the site.
One young student in particular impressed us with his knowledge and focus. First-grader Lucas, otherwise known as ThirstyDonkey, flew down from New York City and promptly dispatched all seven opponents. In winning the first-grade national championship, he was one of only four winners of the 13 sections to finish with a perfect 7-0!
Lucas also had his rating go over 1400 in the process. In round four, he showed that not every "Greek Gift" sacrifice on h7 works. Lucas should know - his dad is Greek! Pay close attention to how the queen's rook slides over to help stop an h-file invasion, then Lucas changes his focus to trading - that ends the attack. He is also not afraid to activate his king in the endgame!
Lucas and other ChessKids were great about having us analyze their games afterward. We're just sorry we couldn't help everyone. The line to have PoppaBear review games never ended!
Round six was a very close battle for ThirstyDonkey. After both sides had chances to crash through on the queenside, everything came off the board except for kings and five aligned pawns. But don't count out the Donkey! He kicked a rook pawn through and showed why a protected passed pawn wins most endgames! Watch and see his tenacity...