Intermediate

Bad Bishops

Bad Bishops

FM FunMasterMike Jan 10, 2019 30975 Views 7 min
What makes a bishop "bad"? It's all about how he gets along with his pawns. If they don't play nice together, then a bishop can be doomed! Watch and learn how to spot a bad bishop and how to take advantage when your opponent has one!
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!
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!
Perpetual Check

Perpetual Check

FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2018 39617 Views 8 min
It may be impossible to build a perpetual motion machine, but in chess, all things are possible! Watch the learn how you can save a lost position by checking your opponent over and over and over and over and....
Stalemate Tricks

Stalemate Tricks

FM FunMasterMike Jul 16, 2018 49434 Views 9 min
So you're completely lost, huh? Wait! Don't resign! There may just be one last trick in the bag. Watch and see how you might be able to save a horrible position, sometimes by sending your pieces over the waterfall!
Opening Traps

Opening Traps

FM FunMasterMike Jun 13, 2018 53909 Views 10 min
There are no guarantees in life, but there is in chess! FunMasterMike promises you'll win some chess games just by memorizing these common opening mistakes. Watch and learn six different tricks in 10 minutes!
Space Advantages

Space Advantages

FM FunMasterMike May 4, 2018 57461 Views 8 min
Ready for some space exploration? ChessKid blasts off, showing kids why having more room for your pieces is a good thing, and how to play "slowly" when you enjoy all the space!
Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis

FM FunMasterMike Apr 19, 2018 44200 Views 7 min
One of the biggest words in chess is often carried out by the smallest pieces! Watch how pawns, and other members of your army, can stop your opponent's plans, in a process we call "prophylaxis"!
Mysterious Moves

Mysterious Moves

FM FunMasterMike Nov 29, 2017 42832 Views 8 min
Can you play chess detective? Part of being a good chess player is getting inside the head of your opponent, even when "weird" moves are played. Watch and learn how to spot the clues that will help you solve the puzzling positions!
King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory

King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory

FM FunMasterMike Jan 18, 2017 61167 Views 6 min
FM Mike Klein takes on the third and final King Of Puzzles champion in this video. GameTheory plays some great ideas, but FunMasterMike shows some places he could improve in the classic French Defense.
Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

FM FunMasterMike Nov 2, 2016 51398 Views 9 min
The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
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 55634 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.
The Scotch Game: 4 Knights

The Scotch Game: 4 Knights

IM Daniel Rensch Aug 5, 2015 40262 Views 11 min
Do you want to play an exciting and strong opening? Sure, we all do. IM Danny Rensch shows you a fun and easy opening to play, The Scotch 4 Knights. Learn how the Scotch game can help you immediately challenge the center and complete your development.
The Sicilian

The Sicilian

IM Daniel Rensch Jul 29, 2015 43186 Views 11 min
If you play 1. e4, you'd better learn one of the most popular and aggressive ways Black can respond: the Sicilian Defense. IM Danny Rensch gives you an easy-to-digest overview of the opening, categorizing each variation's basic ideas. Stick around for a bonus lesson on what not to do in this common opening.
When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 17, 2015 28119 Views 12 min
One of the most important reasons to trade pieces is to defend yourself. In chess, you can't win without protecting your own army, and sometimes trading pieces is the best way to do that. WFM Amanda Mateer gives you a must-watch lesson on trading pieces in self-defense.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: Bonus!

The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: Bonus!

IM Daniel Rensch Jun 13, 2015 31655 Views 8 min
Are you ready for a bonus video on the chess piece who swallowed a fly? IM Daniel Rensch is back with another look at how your own pieces can block in your chess army - but this time with a twist. Learn when it is OK to "swallow a fly" (in chess, not real life!) when it achieves a greater goal on the 64 squares.