Beginner

The Rook

The Rook

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 128407 Views 5 min
Today ChessKids, we learn how to move the chess pieces! FM Mike Klein begins with a powerful, simple piece: the rook!
The Bishop

The Bishop

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 40526 Views 6 min
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to move the tricky bishop and what the crazy and weird word, "diagonal," means!
The Queen

The Queen

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 43492 Views 7 min
FM Mike Klein shows you which two pieces combine to make the super-powerful queen and tests your newfound knowledge with some exercises where you have to think ahead!
The King

The King

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 34647 Views 3 min
By now you know how the queen moves, but what about her husband, the king?! He's not as fast, but he's still super-important as FM Mike Klein explains!
The Knight

The Knight

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 32864 Views 4 min
The knights can be tricky pieces, hopping all around the chessboard! FM Mike Klein explains the mysterious movements of these pet horses (just don't call them horses; they are proud to be tricky knights!)
The Pawn

The Pawn

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 33463 Views 5 min
This video is all about the little guys! FM Mike Klein demystifies the pawns. You get eight of these small but tricky guys so you'd better use them well!
Smash Your Opponent's Castle

Smash Your Opponent's Castle

WFM Alexandra Botez 1 Jul 20, 2016 83334 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.
Underpromotion

Underpromotion

FM FunMasterMike Jun 1, 2016 73640 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.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 50559 Views 10 min
Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
Bishop vs Knight

Bishop vs Knight

IM Daniel Rensch Mar 5, 2016 52155 Views 8 min
It’s the age-old question in chess — which piece is better, the bishop or the knight? Even though both are worth three points on paper, IM Rensch will show you that sometimes one is much better than the other. It’s up to you to decide when in your own games.
7th Rank Power: Rooks In The Middlegame

7th Rank Power: Rooks In The Middlegame

GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 13, 2016 32635 Views 8 min
We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame? GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 28992 Views 8 min
Where is the best place you can put your rook in a game of chess? Usually, it’s on the seventh (or second) rank, where the rook is a real monster, says GM Simon Williams in his latest lesson. The rook only realizes its full power in the endgame when you put it on this ideal row, where it gobbles up pawns and restricts the enemy king.
More On Isolated Pawns

More On Isolated Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 41057 Views 8 min
Isolated pawns are a very important part of chess strategy, and FM Mike Klein is here to teach you everything you need to know about these pawns without neighbors on either file. While isolated pawns can lead to some exciting attacks in the middlegame, they are often big weaknesses later in the game, and FunMasterMike explains exactly how to destroy them. Learn why you should usually avoid these isolated pawn structures, and the exception to this rule.
Destroying The Defender

Destroying The Defender

GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 23, 2016 33603 Views 7 min
GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack. If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square. You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing

Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing

FM FunMasterMike Jan 16, 2016 31376 Views 8 min
What’s the best place to break your pawns through to the end of the board? The wing, says FM Mike Klein. it’s so valuable to get a pawn to score a touchdown, it’s worth giving some other pawns away — and often this is the key to victory. Can you solve the tricky — and the most famous — beginners’ pawn endgame puzzle? Find out in this fun lesson.
Deflecting The Defender

Deflecting The Defender

GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 2, 2016 23862 Views 9 min
You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do? GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post. Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
Queen And Knight Battering Rams

Queen And Knight Battering Rams

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 28, 2015 35346 Views 8 min
GM Simon Williams is back with more fun lessons on the damage you can do in chess when you just point your pieces at the same square. Learn how the queen and knight work together to form a unique and dangerous combo. These two pieces team up to control a huge swath of key squares and can demolish the enemy king.