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The Greek Gift
  • The Greek Gift

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 8, 2016 5132 Views 9 min
  • Is this the most famous sacrifice in chess? FM Mike Klein demonstrates a powerful attacking sequence inspired by real history. Find out how to expose the king with this fun idea.
Winning Technique
  • Winning Technique

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 30, 2016 4484 Views 9 min
  • How do you finish off a winning game? The answer is chess technique. FunMasterMike teaches you what that is and how to learn it.
Attacking The Castled King
  • Attacking The Castled King

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 16, 2016 1533 Views 11 min
  • By now ChessKids, your opponents certainly know enough to castle and make their king safe! How can you mate them once they do that? Well, FM Mike Klein has some helpful hints that are sure to point you in the right direction.
Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016
  • Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 2, 2016 6808 Views 9 min
  • The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
The ChampionshYip: More Girl Power!
  • The ChampionshYip: More Girl Power!

  • NM Carissa Yip 1 Oct 26, 2016 7942 Views 11 min
  • NM Carissa Yip is back to regale you with more tales from the U.S. Women's Championship! Check out her absolutely exhilarating back and forth battle with WIM Agata Bygovtsev where both players had excellent chances at different points.
Exchange Sacrifices
  • Exchange Sacrifices

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 19, 2016 10912 Views 8 min
  • Why would anyone ever just give up a rook for a bishop or knight?! Well, actually there are a lot of reasons! FM Mike Klein shows you four good ones.
Desperado
  • Desperado

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 30, 2016 12659 Views 9 min
  • Sometimes it chess, desperate times call for desperate moves. In this lesson, FM Mike Klein shows you some desperado tactics that you need to know — both to defend against and to use yourself.
Color Weaknesses
  • Color Weaknesses

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 21, 2016 15122 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 19131 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 10767 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 12481 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 10914 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 18075 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 14435 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 11137 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 17216 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 18400 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 15966 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 12299 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.