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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.