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When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 17, 2015 28121 Views 12 min
One of the most important reasons to trade pieces is to defend yourself. In chess, you can't win without protecting your own army, and sometimes trading pieces is the best way to do that. WFM Amanda Mateer gives you a must-watch lesson on trading pieces in self-defense.
When To Trade Pieces: Remove The Defender!

When To Trade Pieces: Remove The Defender!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 10, 2015 22677 Views 10 min
So when should you trade your pieces? WFM Amanda Mateer continues her series with two of her favorite reasons to trade material: to remove a crucial defender, or to create a specific weakness. You must understand these two important ways to gain an winning advantage in chess, so watch closely.
When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!

When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!

Amanda Mateer 1 Feb 25, 2015 17064 Views 8 min
It's one of the most important questions in chess: when do you trade pieces? Coach Amanda lets you know when it's a good idea to exchange your pieces, and when it's not. In this video, learn how to trade pieces to simplify the position and press your advantage. Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.
When To Trade Pieces 1: To Get Ahead

When To Trade Pieces 1: To Get Ahead

Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 23, 2014 16406 Views 11 min
It's one of the most important questions in chess: when do you trade pieces? Coach Amanda lets you know when it's a good idea to exchange your pieces, and when it's not. Start with a refresher course on the value of the pieces, then jump onto the trading floor! Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.
You Won't Believe This Amazing Game!

You Won't Believe This Amazing Game!

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 25, 2014 26064 Views 17 min
Can chess fireworks explode out of nowhere in what looks like a normal position? Sometimes they can! Akiba Rubinstein's immortal game is one of the most beautiful and spectacular attacking masterpieces in chess history. You won't believe how this game ends, as each move seems crazier than the last! Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
When to Trade Pieces 5:To Escape Cramped Positions

When to Trade Pieces 5:To Escape Cramped Positions

Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 16, 2013 5217 Views 9 min
WFM Amanda Mateer knows exactly what to do when she's feeling like the walls are closing in. The name of the games is T-R-A-D-E. Trade! By exchanging pieces for your opponent's pieces, you'll feel comfortable again. It's like after a garage sale - your house feels twice as big!
When to Trade Pieces 4: To Defend Yourself!

When to Trade Pieces 4: To Defend Yourself!

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 25, 2013 6671 Views 12 min
WFM Amanda Mateer got her high rating by knowing some of the subtleties of chess. Today she shows you one of the most important ones - when to trade. Through a collection of positions in which one side is under attack, Amanda illuminates why trading can save your king, and your rating.
The Language of Chess: Tension

The Language of Chess: Tension

Amanda Mateer 1 Oct 14, 2013 8205 Views 8 min
WFM Amanda Mateer is not usually a tense person, but today she is! She shows us what "tension" means in chess, and it is different than in real life. You can be relaxed and still have tension! The term comes from two pieces aiming at each other, and Amanda shows us what to do when you have this happen in your games!
When We Were Chess Kids: Learn the Rules!

When We Were Chess Kids: Learn the Rules!

Amanda Mateer 1 Feb 15, 2013 8324 Views 9 min
Amanda (StrongHeart!) returns to tell a funny story about one of her first tournament experiences as a young chess kid. This story will teach you why it's a good idea to learn the rules of chess before competing in a big tournament!
Taste the Sicilian 6: Sveshnikov Style

Taste the Sicilian 6: Sveshnikov Style

Amanda Mateer 1 Aug 22, 2012 5522 Views 11 min
Today, StrongHeart shows us another amazing Sicilian game, this time in a famous variation called the "Sveshnikov." And who better to show us how to play the Sveshnikov than Sveshnikov himself?
Taste the Sicilian 4: A "Classic" Ending

Taste the Sicilian 4: A "Classic" Ending

Amanda Mateer 1 Aug 15, 2012 6238 Views 10 min
Amanda returns with more Sicilian goodness! This week, we change things up, looking at a new (or perhaps I should say "old") version of the Sicilian -- the Classical Sicilian. This time, rather than a tactical, checkmating blowout, the game veers into an endgame.
Taste the Sicilian 3

Taste the Sicilian 3

Amanda Mateer 1 May 2, 2012 7709 Views 8 min
StrongHeart brings us a sharp Sicilian struggle played between two of the best players in the world: current world champion Vishy Anand and Alexei Shirov. Enjoy this sharp battle in the Najdorf Sicilian!
Taste the Sicilian 2

Taste the Sicilian 2

Amanda Mateer 1 Apr 24, 2012 8502 Views 6 min
StrongHeart is back with another exciting, but slightly different "taste" of the Sicilan. This time around, we see an action-packed game in the "Sicilian Kann."
Taste the Sicilian 1: Accelerated Dragon Madness!

Taste the Sicilian 1: Accelerated Dragon Madness!

Amanda Mateer 1 Apr 21, 2012 14481 Views 7 min
StrongHeart starts her new series on "Tasting the Sicilian." In this series Amanda will show games played in the Sicilian Defense, which is black's most popular response to 1. e4. Learn some common patterns, plans, and ideas in the Sicilian!
The Language of Chess: Imbalance

The Language of Chess: Imbalance

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 28, 2011 4153 Views 10 min
A chess game starts with perfect balance: both sides have symmetry of material and piece placement. However, once the chess game starts, many different types of "Imbalances" can be created, and it is important to be on the lookout for them as they crop up in your games.
The Language of Chess: Repetition

The Language of Chess: Repetition

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 21, 2011 4656 Views 9 min
StrongHeart goes over the very important concept of "3 time repetition of position" today. Make sure to pay close attention, as repetition is a very precise rule, and most people who know about the rule, get it wrong!
The Combination 4: A Checkmating Combination!

The Combination 4: A Checkmating Combination!

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 9, 2011 4113 Views 8 min
StrongHeart returns to help us practice with more Combinations. What's on the agenda this week? Combining a "discovered double checkmating" idea with a crazy sacrifice! By the end, we will have whipped up a beautiful checkmating combination.