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Trapped Pieces
  • Trapped Pieces

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 7, 2018 10217 Views 7 min
  • What happens when a piece runs low on squares? It's time to put him in the coffin! Often, these "traps" happen on the edge of the board, but not always. Watch and see many examples of queens and other pieces getting squeezed!
Opposite Sides Castling
  • Opposite Sides Castling

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 26, 2017 10868 Views 11 min
  • Never has one move been so important! When the kings go their own way and castle differently, it's a race to make an all-out attack before your own king is mated. Do you have the speed to win?
Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1
  • Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 4, 2017 14748 Views 8 min
  • What happens when one side focuses on development while the other side forgets? It's a comedy for the first side but a tragedy for the other! Watch this and other advanced opening ideas -- maybe you can also win some quick points!
Mysterious Moves
  • Mysterious Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 29, 2017 12818 Views 8 min
  • Can you play chess detective? Part of being a good chess player is getting inside the head of your opponent, even when "weird" moves are played. Watch and learn how to spot the clues that will help you solve the puzzling positions!
Queen Sacrifices
  • Queen Sacrifices

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2017 21483 Views 10 min
  • ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
Playing Tournament Chess
  • Playing Tournament Chess

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 17, 2017 20901 Views 8 min
  • Are you ready for a chess tournament? You will be after watching this video! Join FM Mike Klein as he walks you through tournament preparation from a master's perspective.
King Hunt
  • King Hunt

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 19, 2017 36820 Views 12 min
  • Everyone loves a chase! In these examples, FM Mike Klein shows you how to give chase to a fleeing king, trapping it and checkmating it.
Zwischenzug
  • Zwischenzug

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 28, 2017 38466 Views 10 min
  • What is a "zwischenzug" and what does it have to do with eating ice cream? FunMasterMike explains this hilarious word and important tactical trick!
When Not To Castle
  • When Not To Castle

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 7, 2017 43692 Views 9 min
  • ChessKids know that their king will almost always be safer if they castle, but truly advanced ChessKids know that sometimes you shouldn't castle! FM Mike Klein teaches five reasons you shouldn't castle!
Exceptions To The Rules
  • Exceptions To The Rules

  • FM FunMasterMike May 31, 2017 63022 Views 9 min
  • By now ChessKids you know a lot of rules! Sometimes though, you have to break a rule in a chess game? When and how should you do that? FM Mike Klein explains.
The ChampionshYip: Melekhina and Me
  • The ChampionshYip: Melekhina and Me

  • FM Carissa Yip 3 Apr 5, 2017 41738 Views 7 min
  • Everyone's favorite ChessKid, Carissa Yip, wields a favorite opening for ChessKids, The King's Indian Defense, excellently in this video as she explains a missed chance from the U.S. Championship.
Fair Play
  • Fair Play

  • IM Daniel Rensch Mar 22, 2017 52251 Views 10 min
  • What's the most important thing in chess? It's having fun! FunMasterMike and PoppaBear are here to show you the right way to play so that BOTH players have a good time.
Pawn Chains
  • Pawn Chains

  • NM Sam Copeland 32 Feb 15, 2017 54605 Views 11 min
  • What should you do when you spot a pawn chain, ChessKids? NM Sam Copeland has the strategic tips to help you out!