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The Language of Chess: Outpost Square

The Language of Chess: Outpost Square

Amanda Mateer 1 Nov 4, 2011 4303 Views 8 min
When conducting an attack, it is good to put your pieces on good squares, and then be able to depend on them to stay there. Enter the "Outpost Square," a special type of square upon which you can post your pieces. StrongHeart explains what an outpost square is, and then shows a powerful example game, where a powerfully outposted knight helps crush the enemy king!
The Combination - Part 3: Back to Lego Land!

The Combination - Part 3: Back to Lego Land!

Amanda Mateer 1 Oct 26, 2011 4389 Views 7 min
Amanda brings us back to "Lego Land", in which every tactical idea you already know is a "lego piece" which can be combined with other tactics to build beautiful "combinations!" Amanda reviews two "lego pieces" we should already know and then shows a cool combination of the two! Make sure to watch the Combination, Part 1 and 2 (found in the Related Links), before you watch this video!
Check the Checks!

Check the Checks!

Amanda Mateer 1 Oct 19, 2011 3012 Views 13 min
To become a strong chess player you always need to be aware of all possible "checks" in any given position. Join StrongHeart as she helps us to find every single check. We'll also figure out which checks are "good checks," and which ones bad, of course. And who knows, maybe we'll even find a checkmate!
PinkHamster vs StrongHeart - Part 2: Author Duel!

PinkHamster vs StrongHeart - Part 2: Author Duel!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jul 1, 2011 4895 Views 16 min
Amanda Mateer, StrongHeart herself, takes over the commentary on the exciting game against PinkHamster. Last time, the Hamster sacrificed a knight in order to start an attack against Amanda's king. Instead of defending herself, Amanda went for an all-out counterattack against David's king! Who will get there first!? Watch to find out the exciting conclusion to the first Video Author Duel ever here on ChessKid.com
How Strong is the Pawn 5

How Strong is the Pawn 5

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 27, 2011 4685 Views 9 min
Last time we saw that a single pawn can be as strong as a knight if it has advanced far enough up the board. This time we look at a special situation in which 2 connected passed pawns make it to the 6th rank. Will the powerful rook be able to stop both pawns? Or will the pawns be able to push their way through to queen-dome come?
How Strong is the Pawn 4

How Strong is the Pawn 4

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 24, 2011 4377 Views 9 min
Pawns are worth 1 point and knights are worth 3 points, right? Well, not always! As we have seen, at the end of the game a pawn gets stronger and stronger as it nears promotion at the end of the board. In this installment of How Strong is the Pawn, a lonely Knight tries to sacrifice its life to prevent a pawn from becoming a queen. Will it be successful? Watch and find out!
The Language of Chess: Draw

The Language of Chess: Draw

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 17, 2011 4402 Views 11 min
You can win chess games and you can lose them, but did you know that you can also get a tie? In chess, we call a tie "a draw", and there are many different ways this can happen. In fact, at the highest levels, chess "Grandmasters" get draws all the time in their games! Tune in to learn some of the most common types of draws in chess.
The Language of Chess: Resign

The Language of Chess: Resign

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 10, 2011 4866 Views 7 min
There are more ways to win and lose in chess than checkmate, and one of them is the important word "resign." Tune in to find out what resigning is, how it is done, and some advice on when and when not to use it in your own games!
The Language of Chess: Win

The Language of Chess: Win

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 5, 2011 5835 Views 10 min
Just what does it take to win a game of chess? If you've ever taken all your opponent's pieces, but couldn't put the final nail in their coffin, then tune in to find out how to finish off your chess games.
The Weakest Square 9

The Weakest Square 9

Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 20, 2010 8162 Views 12 min
Sometimes an attack on the Square of Doom is so strong that you're willing to sacrifice a whole bunch of material just to get it rolling! Amanda describes a sharp variation in which white sacrifices a whole Rook in order to pounce on the weakest square. Exciting!
How Strong is the Pawn 3

How Strong is the Pawn 3

Amanda Mateer 1 Sep 24, 2010 5593 Views 10 min
Most of the time a solo pawn is lonely, weak, and gets picked on by all the big pieces! But in the endgame, an "outside passed pawn" can lead your whole army to victory. Tune in to see how a single, tiny pawn can help you win at the end of the game.
How Strong is the Pawn 2

How Strong is the Pawn 2

Amanda Mateer 1 Sep 22, 2010 4731 Views 10 min
The pawn is the piece with the most potential, for he can promote from the weakest piece into the strongest piece if he can just reach the far side of the board. But getting there can be tough. It's a good thing Amanda is here to show us how it's done!
How Strong is the Pawn 1

How Strong is the Pawn 1

Amanda Mateer 1 Sep 20, 2010 5752 Views 9 min
Just how strong is a pawn? One point, right? Well, maybe not always! Amanda shows us a surprising position where a little pawn fares much better than you might expect.
BAM!

BAM!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 15, 2010 6001 Views 7 min
Has anyone ever put you in check? Did it scare you? Be afraid no more! Amanda is here to teach you BAM! Now you'll be able to calmly remember your options and escape from check with dignity :-)