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Loose Pieces Drop Off!

Loose Pieces Drop Off!

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 24, 2015 29971 Views 7 min
What happens to loose pieces? You'll find out in this video, where GM Ben Finegold shows you example after example of what can happen if you leave your pieces undefended. Learn how to avoid getting forked early in the game with the simple idea of LPDO: loose pieces drop off! Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 13, 2015 27852 Views 10 min
What's the ultimate goal of chess? Checkmate! Learn how to achieve mate in one of the most important openings in chess, the Sicilian Defense. GM Benzoo shows you that sometimes, development is more important than material, especially when both sides are on the attack. Don't forget to take our ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Challenge: Mate in 2 With Benzoo!

Challenge: Mate in 2 With Benzoo!

GM Ben Finegold 1 Nov 8, 2014 7831 Views 7 min
Can you mate in two with GM Benzoo? GM Ben Finegold gives you four challenges where you can deliver mate by getting your own pieces out of the way. Stick around for the tricky last problem, and also take a lesson on checkmate by clicking the related links.
How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 3

How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Sep 6, 2014 5421 Views 6 min
In the third video of his series, GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. GM Finegold analyzes the most exciting checkmates from his youth in this instructional episode, and lets you know how he managed to set up the mating nets. Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the most important checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
How to Checkmate like Benzoo, Part 2

How to Checkmate like Benzoo, Part 2

GM Ben Finegold 1 Aug 23, 2014 6206 Views 8 min
GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the most important checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 1

How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 1

GM Ben Finegold 1 Aug 2, 2014 6815 Views 7 min
GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. GM Benzoo starts with a game from when he was a kid himself! Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the best checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 3

Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jul 19, 2014 5859 Views 8 min
Want to win in 13 moves against an Expert as Black? Impossible you say? Not here on ChessKid! GM Benzoo develops quickly and, more importantly, has all of his pieces work toward a common goal. As you can guess, it was all too much for White. They call this opening the Giuoco Piano - "The Quiet Game" - but there was nothing quiet about how our grandmaster attacked!
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 2

Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 2

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jul 5, 2014 5113 Views 8 min
How about some Fourth of July fireworks? Today former World Champion Boris Spassky beats a top-five player in about 20 moves! GM Benzoo proves that lack of development, center control and king safety leads to doom, no matter who you are. Black offers a few pieces to marshal his brave pawn down the board, and White's pieces are left watching as it reaches the other side of the battlefield!
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 1

Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 1

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jun 7, 2014 5472 Views 7 min
Want to win as Black in fewer than 20 moves?! Of course you do! GM Benzoo starts a new series and shows you how. Pro tip: play like Morphy! Benzoo's favorite player (the first World Champion) loves getting all of his pieces out. Here he accepts the Evans Gambit, but he's the one who gets to do the attacking. Morphy caps off the game with a crazy checkmate that you've probably never seen before. Watch this stunning idea!
King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

GM Ben Finegold 1 May 29, 2014 11807 Views 6 min
Center pawns are better, right? Well, yes and no! It depends on the part of the game. GM Benzoo explains why toward the end, outside passed pawns are more useful. Why would a pawn on the edge of the board be preferable? Have you ever seen the cartoon where a raw steak is thrown to a guard dog? The enemy king is distracted in exactly the same way!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 4

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 4

GM Ben Finegold 1 May 10, 2014 8103 Views 5 min
Side pawn? Rook pawn? Algebraic notation? Descriptive notation? All this fancy talk is obscuring the lesson. GM Benzoo wants to show you how easy it is to blockade a pawn on the edge, but your king has to make it to the CORNER. That's right - the corner is not just where you're sent when you're punished, it's where you want to be! So go there, hold the draw, and make the GM happy!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Apr 26, 2014 8856 Views 5 min
When would you prefer it to be your opponent's move? No, not when you're lining up to do chores - there's a chess reason why you'd want the other guy to go first. Watch this very special situation unfold, while GM Benzoo explains the shenanigans. Don't be in OPPOSITION to this video - it may just save you a half-point!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 2

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 2

GM Ben Finegold 1 Apr 12, 2014 7566 Views 8 min
King and one pawn against king. Pretty easy, right? Well, it is if you watch the grandmaster do it! GM Benzoo explains why controlling the queening square is the winning technique. But a WARNING: there are 1.5 exceptions! How could there be one and half exceptions? Watch and see the really tricky positions and what you need to know to solve those!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 1

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 1

GM Ben Finegold 1 Mar 13, 2014 13266 Views 7 min
Everything needs a strong foundation - endgame knowledge in particular. Today GM Benzoo begins a long series by first showing the building blocks of all endgames - king and one pawn. We get to draw a lot of squares. Hey, is this chess, art or math class? Either way, you've got to master the simple stuff so his future videos make sense!
Blundering With Benzoo: Part 3!

Blundering With Benzoo: Part 3!

GM Ben Finegold 1 Mar 8, 2014 4613 Views 11 min
What do you think happens when the queen comes out too early? You guessed it - something bad! GM Benzoo shows us three different examples, although in the final one, the queen proves very powerful. It goes to show you that there are exceptions to every rule. You're going to see a ton of pins and forks and opening traps. We hope you're ready!
Blundering With Benzoo: Part 2!

Blundering With Benzoo: Part 2!

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 9, 2014 5702 Views 11 min
Three games in 13 minutes in under 13 moves? Check! And Mate! GM Benzoo demolishes a trio of opponents using various tactics and opening traps. Sometimes the queen is trapped, sometimes the queen is the winning piece. Buckle up for an excited video with just about every tactics imaginable. At the end, a fireworks show!
Blundering With Benzoo: Part 1!

Blundering With Benzoo: Part 1!

GM Ben Finegold 1 Dec 19, 2013 6768 Views 11 min
Three games in less than a 10-minute video! Buckle up ChessKids, you're about to see three "blunders" (really bad moves) that resulted in three games being decided very quickly. GM Benzoo shows you what went wrong. I hope you know your tactics because clearly one player missed something in each game. The queen plays a big part of each blunder - watch and she how she can be a hero or the goat!
Checkmating the Black King in the Sicilian! Part 3

Checkmating the Black King in the Sicilian! Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Dec 12, 2013 20230 Views 7 min
A Czech player gives Checkmate! Watch and you'll learn some geography and some chess from GM Benzoo. In this Sicilian Dragon, it is a race to mate first. As usual, White uses the h-file while Black's weaponry congregates on the c-file. See if you can find the mate - even the 2600-rated player didn't see it coming!
Checkmating the Black King in the Sicilian! Part 2

Checkmating the Black King in the Sicilian! Part 2

GM Ben Finegold 1 Dec 2, 2013 6704 Views 8 min
In Part 2 of his mini-series on mating Black in the Sicilian, Benzoo forces the enemy monarch all the way to c4 in the middlegame. Then, he forms a mating net by involving his own king! This is a great example of attacking with all of your forces - watch and see the grandmaster toying with his opponent!
Tactics From the Tournament Trail! - Part 3

Tactics From the Tournament Trail! - Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Oct 28, 2013 4266 Views 10 min
The teacher versus the student - a classic rivalry that usually starts out well for the teacher. Eventually the students learns enough to take one from the teacher, and that's what happens here. Benzoo is bested by a former student in the final round of the Michigan Open. You've probably never seen a king, rook and bishop coordinate so well, or create so many tactics and mating nets. Watch and learn how to beat your teacher!