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More Secrets Of The Battering Ram

More Secrets Of The Battering Ram

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 21, 2015 30671 Views 7 min
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing. Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
Good And Bad Pieces

Good And Bad Pieces

FM FunMasterMike Nov 7, 2015 37259 Views 8 min
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad. If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack! FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
How To Plan

How To Plan

FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2015 36275 Views 8 min
Hey, what's your plan, ChessKids? FM Mike Klein gives you three important things to focus on in all your chess games: checks, captures, and threats. Let FunMasterMike teach you why should never make a move without looking for these three forcing ideas.
Calculating Tactics

Calculating Tactics

FM FunMasterMike Oct 24, 2015 35693 Views 8 min
When is a chess player like a calculator? Well, hopefully, all the time. FM Mike Klein explains how to calculate in your games, which is the most important skill to have in chess. Learn how to use the clues of the chessboard to solve tactical puzzles you might not have seen otherwise.
Opening The Center

Opening The Center

FM FunMasterMike Oct 14, 2015 33370 Views 8 min
What's the fastest way to blast open the chessboard and use a lead in development? Opening the center. Learn from one of the rarest occasions in chess: a FunMasterMike mistake where he didn't play this powerful strategy.
Your Opponent's Move!

Your Opponent's Move!

FM FunMasterMike Oct 10, 2015 31195 Views 8 min
What's the one thing that turns an average chess player into a real chess master? Focusing on the opponent's moves! FM Mike Klein gives you one of the most important lessons of your chess career today in this video that teaches you exactly how to stop your opponent's threats.
King Activity

King Activity

FM FunMasterMike Oct 3, 2015 31426 Views 7 min
Most of the time, your king has to hide away safely. But in the endgame, the king becomes a fierce warrior on his own. FM Mike Klein shows you the awesome power of an active king late in the game.
Outposts

Outposts

FM FunMasterMike Sep 26, 2015 35434 Views 8 min
What's a good place to put your piece? An outpost. FM Mike Klein explains what outposts mean and why they are so strong. If you start looking for outposts in your games, your pieces will thank you!
Strong And Weak Pawns

Strong And Weak Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2015 37641 Views 7 min
When is a pawn a super hero? FunMasterMike shows you three ways that pawns can be as strong as any piece on the board. But the fun doesn't end there. FM Klein also teaches you the exact opposite, when pawns are weaklings. Watch this video to make sure your pawns are as powerful as they can be.
Make The Easy Moves First

Make The Easy Moves First

Rob Lazorchak 41 Sep 18, 2015 19729 Views 6 min
Who is chess coach Rob's favorite chess player? The great Paul Morphy! Watch this fun video to see how Morphy developed his pieces by making the easy moves first. This simple idea will help every one of your chess games.
Tactics: Zugzwang!

Tactics: Zugzwang!

FM FunMasterMike Sep 12, 2015 45537 Views 8 min
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames. FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson. Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!
Open Files

Open Files

FM FunMasterMike Sep 5, 2015 28576 Views 9 min
Hope you like rooks, because this video is all about them. What do rooks hate more than anything else? Pawns! They block in the powerful pieces, and sometimes the rooks will eat pawns just like Pac-Man. Find out where to put your rooks to make them the happiest in this fun lesson by FM Mike Klein.
Decoy And Deflection

Decoy And Deflection

FM FunMasterMike Sep 3, 2015 34253 Views 8 min
A "D" on your report card is bad, but in chess it stands for decoy and deflection, which are powerful tactics you need to know about. Learn how to play your opponent's pieces like a fiddle in this exciting video lesson by FM Mike Klein.
Attraction

Attraction

FM FunMasterMike Aug 29, 2015 28971 Views 8 min
Have you ever seen bugs attracted to a light outside in the summer? If you have, you can understand attraction on the chessboard. FM Mike Klein explains this powerful idea, and how you can use attraction to make some crazy tactics you might not even believe. Make sure you watch to the end to see one of the hardest problems FunMasterMike has ever assigned.
Smothered Mate

Smothered Mate

FM FunMasterMike Aug 26, 2015 24674 Views 8 min
What do chess and hash browns have in common? More than you might think! Take a delicious lesson from FM Mike Klein on the most satisfying checkmate in the game - the smothered mate.
Removing The Guard

Removing The Guard

FM FunMasterMike Aug 15, 2015 22461 Views 6 min
In chess, sometimes you can win a lot of treasure if you can just get rid of that pesky guard. FM Mike Klein shows you how to remove or even distract defenders in chess so you can swoop in and win even more material at the end. This is one tactic you'll be glad you learned.
The French Defense

The French Defense

IM Daniel Rensch Aug 12, 2015 33863 Views 9 min
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening. Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play. Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
Piling Up On Pinned Pieces

Piling Up On Pinned Pieces

FM FunMasterMike Aug 8, 2015 24387 Views 7 min
If you're pinning an enemy piece, that's good, but you're only halfway there. How do you go for the knockout? Put pressure on the pinned piece! In this lesson, FM Mike Klein shows you how to win a piece once you've pinned it.
The Great Pawn Race

The Great Pawn Race

FM FunMasterMike Jul 24, 2015 51335 Views 9 min
Are you ready for a race? FM Mike Klein gives you a fun lesson on pawn races, which are the key to many important endgames. Learn how to know if you're winning or losing the race, and when a special trick can change the result - just like in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer."