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The ChampionshYip Returns
  • The ChampionshYip Returns

  • NM Carissa Yip 1 Jul 27, 2016 3021 Views 7 min
  • NM Carissa Yip turned in a good performance at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis this spring, and now she is back on ChessKid with another game review from the historic event. Learn what one of the most talented young players in the country was thinking in a critical chess position.
Smash Your Opponent's Castle
  • Smash Your Opponent's Castle

  • WFM Alexandra Botez 1 Jul 20, 2016 7476 Views 6 min
  • WFM Alexandra Botez makes her ChessKid video debut on an exciting topic in chess: how to attack the enemy king after it’s castled. Learn how to tear down the castle walls in this fun lesson, then try to use the attacking ideas in your own games.
Building A Fortress
  • Building A Fortress

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 8752 Views 11 min
  • You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
Kick Them Out
  • Kick Them Out

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 6, 2016 9180 Views 9 min
  • What can you do when your opponent puts a piece on your side of the board? Try to kick it out, says FM Mike Klein. Learn how to shoo away your opponent’s most annoying pieces in this lesson on kicking them out.
King Of Fast Chess: Ladyknightma
  • King Of Fast Chess: Ladyknightma

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 29, 2016 8364 Views 11 min
  • Is it a knightmare? Close, it’s Ladyknightma who is our next king of fast chess. FM Mike Klein reviews Ladyknightma’s game, praising Black's defensive technique that eventually won the battle.
Knight vs Bishop Endgames
  • Knight vs Bishop Endgames

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 15, 2016 9682 Views 8 min
  • Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames? FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces. Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
Tempo
  • Tempo

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 8, 2016 9760 Views 9 min
  • How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question. You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo. FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
Underpromotion
  • Underpromotion

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 1, 2016 11241 Views 8 min
  • Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right? Except when you don’t. FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
Gambits
  • Gambits

  • FM FunMasterMike May 26, 2016 10152 Views 7 min
  • Should you take a risk in chess? Sometimes it’s more than worth it. FM Mike Klein shows you aggressive moves you can make to give up some material for a quicker attack or control of some crucial space on the chessboard.
Force The Draw
  • Force The Draw

  • FM FunMasterMike May 18, 2016 11866 Views 8 min
  • Do you like to draw? In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position. FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
The ChampionshYip
  • The ChampionshYip

  • NM Carissa Yip 1 May 11, 2016 9241 Views 7 min
  • NM Carissa Yip made a big impact at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis last month, and now she reviews one of her best games of the tournament for ChessKid. Learn from the master herself in this educational French Defense game.
The Windmill
  • The Windmill

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 30, 2016 14935 Views 7 min
  • The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless. FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
Where To Attack!
  • Where To Attack!

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 23, 2016 10359 Views 9 min
  • Attacking in chess is fun, but how do you know where on the board to do it? FM Mike Klein teaches you what to look for when deciding where to aim your next attack.
Quick Mates and Traps
  • Quick Mates and Traps

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 16, 2016 11158 Views 9 min
  • Want to be able to win a chess game in a few moves? More important, do you want to avoid losing quickly? This is the lesson for you. FM Mike Klein shows you some quick traps and mates to look for in your games.
Ways To Draw
  • Ways To Draw

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 9, 2016 11209 Views 9 min
  • There is more than one way to draw in a chess game. FM Mike Klein shows you five ways you can tie in chess, including some you might not have known.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs
  • Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 9355 Views 10 min
  • Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
More On Backward Pawns
  • More On Backward Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 19, 2016 10061 Views 8 min
  • To move forward, sometimes you have to go backward and pawn play is no exception. FunMasterMike explains backward pawns and three key ideas you must know about them! Now only 99 more things to learn to be as good as the FunMaster!
More Doubled Pawns
  • More Doubled Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 12, 2016 8644 Views 7 min
  • Doubled pawns are usually big weaknesses — and FM Mike Klein tells you why. Learn all about the problems caused by doubled pawns and the rare times they can be OK for you.
Bishop vs Knight
  • Bishop vs Knight

  • IM Daniel Rensch Mar 5, 2016 11036 Views 8 min
  • It’s the age-old question in chess — which piece is better, the bishop or the knight? Even though both are worth three points on paper, IM Rensch will show you that sometimes one is much better than the other. It’s up to you to decide when in your own games.