Video Series

ChessKid.com Sep 12, 2013 101972 reads

Hi everyone! We hope you are enjoying the video lectures here on ChessKid.com. This article will remain as a "running list" of all the video series (sets of related videos) on ChessKid.com, with short descriptions about each series in order to help guide you through the learning process . If you click on any of the links for a series listed below, it will take you to a short article with descriptions of each video in that series. Then you will find links to each of those videos!

Ok, if someone doesn't know how to move the pieces, the video that covers the rules is here.

Now, it would be good to learn:

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Basic Checkmates: this series will reinforce the concept of checkmate, and teach the student some very good basics of using the pieces one by one with checkmates that are possible at the end of the game.

Language of Chess: Each video covers one chess term, explaining what it is and giving an example (in some cases a few).

Now depending on what interests your student, the further series are broken up by category-- opening, tactics, strategy, endgame, how to think, and fun! Within each category they are listed from most beginner to most advanced; and some are listed more than once because they belong to more than one category.

How to Think

How Masters Think: The Opening: Beginner to intermediate. The opening part of the game is played by a video author while they explain the thinking behind their moves.

How Masters Think: The Middlegame: Intermediate. Using a combination of live games and prepared material, students are shown how to target weaknesses, take advantage of an uncastled king, and when to calculate versus when to make a general plan.

How Masters Think: The Whole Game: Intermediate. PinkHamster plays many live games, explaining his thought process from start to finish. After the games are over, he goes back to key moments and goes more in-depth to his thinking process! All facets of chess are on display - openings, middlegame planning, endgames and tactics!

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Opening Play

Rules to the Opening: Beginner. The basic rules to the opening phase of the game!

What is the...?? Beginner. This series covers famous openings one at a time, letting the student know what each opening is, and sometimes a fun fact or two about them.

How Masters Think: The Opening: Beginner to intermediate. The opening part of the game is played by a video author while they explain the thinking behind their moves.

Don't Develop your Opponent's Pieces: Beginner to Intermediate. This series shows all the different ways you can naturally help your opponent's pieces develop and offers one important piece of advice: DON'T!!! 
Guide Coming Soon!

Most Common Opening Traps: Beginner-Intermediate. The bad opening mistakes that are made the most frequently by ChessKids around the world. Guide Coming Soon!

Oooooops! Opening Disasters!: Mostly intermediate and advanced.

The Weakest Square: Beginner to advanced.

The Danish Gambit: Beginner to Advanced. A long series full of fun characters, great stories, and brilliant games! Guide Coming Soon!

The Fried Liver: Beginner to advanced, covering one of the most common openings chesskids will see.

Taste the Sicilian: Guide Coming Soon!

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Tactics

Tricky Tactics: The Pawn Escapes the Box: For beginners. Pawn Promotion Tactics.

The Fearsome Fork: Beginner to advanced-- should be watched before Pins or Skewers.

The Piercing Pin: Beginner to advanced -- should be watched before Skewers.

The Scintillating Skewer: Intermediate -- should be watched before Discovered Attacks.

The Devious Discovery: Intermediate -- should be watched before Double Checks.

The Deadly Double Check: Intermediate -- Guide Coming Soon!

Combinations: Beginner to intermediate -- The first two vids could be watched by beginners, but the second two vids should be watched after watching Forks, Pins, Skewers, Discoveries, etc. Guide Coming Soon!

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The Weakest Square: Beginner to advanced.

Crushing the Castle: This series discusses how to launch an attack against the castled king. The first two videos could be watched by beginners, but this is a long series more for intermediate players with a lot of advanced material.

Strategy

 

What to Do: Very simple and fundamental take on strategy for beginners and intermediates.

The Weakest Square: Beginner to advanced.

Crushing the Castle: The first two vids could be watched by beginners, but this is a long series more for intermediate players with a lot of advanced material.

Decommissioned Pieces: Intermediate. Guide Coming Soon!

Pawn Structure 101: Intermediate to Advanced. Guide Coming Soon!

Endgame Play

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How to Place your Pieces in the Endgame Beginner to Intermediate.

Practical Endgame Lessons: Intermediate. Guide Coming Soon!

 

 

Fun!

Amazing Games: Varied levels.

When We Were ChessKids: Stories about when ChessKid's video authors were ChessKids themselves! (For any level).

ChessKid Battles: Our teachers analyze the most instructive and fun games sent in to them by ChessKids! Guide Coming Soon!

My Chicago Open: Guide Coming Soon!

 

The end! (for now (of course we are working on more)) . This article will be continuously updated as we add more videos to our library. Enjoy!