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Queen Endings

Queen Endings

FM FunMasterMike Dec 5, 2018 38162 Views 9 min
How can queens dance in the ending to make a second queen? Learn all about how to try to win, or defend, in queen-and-pawn endings. Make sure you watch until the end to see a gigantic grandmaster mistake!
Pawnless Endings

Pawnless Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 29, 2018 55528 Views 10 min
No pawns does not mean no brains! Watch and learn some key endgames without promotions: R vs N, R vs B, R+B vs R, Q vs B, Q vs N, and Q vs R! Whew, that's a lot of stuff to learn!
Common Rook Endings

Common Rook Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 14, 2018 41267 Views 8 min
Rooks are like cockroaches -- they'll survive under any conditions! But where do they like to crawl in the endgame? Watch and see how to win or draw the four most common rook endings!
Opposite Colored Bishops

Opposite Colored Bishops

FM FunMasterMike Mar 6, 2018 58249 Views 9 min
When bishops control opposite colors, they aren't just two ships passing in the night. The bishops are actually unrivaled dominators, if you know how to use them in the middlegame and endgame!
Simplifying

Simplifying

FM FunMasterMike Dec 14, 2016 76541 Views 10 min
Sometimes the key to winning is just knowing how to make things easy! FM Mike Klein shows you how to do just that by giving material back to reach a winning king and pawn ending.
Winning Technique

Winning Technique

FM FunMasterMike Nov 30, 2016 56351 Views 9 min
How do you finish off a winning game? The answer is chess technique. FunMasterMike teaches you what that is and how to learn it.
The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

FM FunMasterMike Aug 3, 2016 59797 Views 7 min
One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive. FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
Building A Fortress

Building A Fortress

FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 70360 Views 11 min
You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
Knight vs Bishop Endgames

Knight vs Bishop Endgames

FM FunMasterMike Jun 15, 2016 49080 Views 8 min
Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames? FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces. Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
Ways To Draw

Ways To Draw

FM FunMasterMike Apr 9, 2016 46659 Views 9 min
There is more than one way to draw in a chess game. FM Mike Klein shows you five ways you can tie in chess, including some you might not have known.
Queen vs Pawn

Queen vs Pawn

FM FunMasterMike Feb 27, 2016 55633 Views 9 min
Hey, ChessKids, did FunMasterMike mess up and set up the board backwards? Nope! It’s just time for another promotion lesson. In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you what happens when one side gets a queen just before the other can promote his pawn. Can the queen win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 29071 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.
King Activity

King Activity

FM FunMasterMike Oct 3, 2015 32106 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.
King To King Opposition

King To King Opposition

FM FunMasterMike Jul 1, 2015 35435 Views 9 min
What happens when two kings face off? It's opposition. FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess. Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote - all with this one idea, the opposition.
Rook Roller!

Rook Roller!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2015 30477 Views 4 min
So you know how to mate with a queen, but what if you have a couple of rooks instead? Don't worry - it's even easier! FM Mike Klein shows you an ironclad technique for achieving this basic checkmate. Watch this video and get those rooks rolling in your own endgames.
King And Queen Mate!

King And Queen Mate!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 18, 2015 51974 Views 9 min
What's one of the most common checkmates in the game? The king and queen mate, of course. FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how to mate with this combination, building a fence to contain the enemy king. Learn how to use the king and queen together to force checkmate and win the game.
Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

FM Todd Andrews 1 Dec 20, 2014 20671 Views 6 min
When do a couple of connected passed pawns beat a rook? When they reach the sixth rank! FM MusicCityMaster shows you the critical positions you need to know in this common endgame theme. When you're done, try to play a pawn-only endgame against the computer in the related links.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4

Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4

FM FunMasterMike Sep 2, 2014 9090 Views 6 min
FM Mike Klein shows you his favorite king-and-pawn endgame of all time in the final video of the series. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this definitely applies to the endgame at hand. Learn the shocking moves necessary to win this tricky four-pawn vs four-pawn endgame.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

FM FunMasterMike Aug 26, 2014 8088 Views 7 min
Can FM Mike Klein trick you with just kings and pawns? Watch this third video of his endgame series to find out. FM Klein once again changes the position slightly to show how small differences in placement can mean big differences in results! Learn how to convert a king-and-pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike's help.