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Color Weaknesses
  • Color Weaknesses

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 21, 2016 5221 Views 7 min
  • Do you know what color weaknesses are ChessKids? FM Mike Klein shows you how to win by spotting (and creating) color weaknesses in your games!
Queen vs Two Rooks
  • Queen vs Two Rooks

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 7, 2016 12922 Views 9 min
  • What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks? As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike. Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
The ChampionshYip Defense
  • The ChampionshYip Defense

  • NM Carissa Yip 1 Aug 30, 2016 7601 Views 11 min
  • NM Carissa Yip shows you another example of her incredible fighting chess as she goes toe to toe in a slugfest with WGM Tatev Abrahamyan and answers the critical question. Knights or bishops?
Combinations
  • Combinations

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 24, 2016 9516 Views 9 min
  • What exactly is a combination in chess? FM Mike Klein fills you in, and shows you how to play these brilliant sequences, which are often the most fun you can have on the chessboard.
Blockading
  • Blockading

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2016 8652 Views 8 min
  • How do you stop a pawn in its tracks? Blockade it. Just like in tic-tac-toe. FM Mike Klein shows you the best ways to stop your opponents’ pawns from advancing down the board.
The Power Of The Bishop Pair
  • The Power Of The Bishop Pair

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 10, 2016 12318 Views 8 min
  • The bishop pair is a fearsome force in chess. They can dominate open diagonals create threats across the entire board! FM Mike Klein shows you how to put this dastardly due to work!
The Principle Of Two Weaknesses
  • The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 3, 2016 11288 Views 7 min
  • One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive. FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
The ChampionshYip Returns
  • The ChampionshYip Returns

  • NM Carissa Yip 1 Jul 27, 2016 9449 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 13854 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 15148 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 13348 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 10876 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 12320 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 12101 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 14791 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 12607 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 13878 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 11175 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 17274 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.