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When We Were Chess Kids: IM Pruess' First Tourney

When We Were Chess Kids: IM Pruess' First Tourney

IM David Pruess 1 May 3, 2011 4660 Views 8 min
The PlayfulSquirrel wasn't always an International Master of chess. He wasn't always a squirrel, either. Once upon a time, David was just another little kid who liked to play chess. A chess kid, just like you! Listen as David shares the story of his very first tournament game. You'll never guess who he played!
How Masters Think: The Opening 7

How Masters Think: The Opening 7

IM David Pruess 1 Mar 12, 2011 5648 Views 10 min
The PlayfulSquirrel returns, this time at the request of a ChessKid user. Will this kid be able to develop all of his pieces, castle, and not lose his army within the first 10-15 moves in order to claim the delicious prize? There's only one way to find out!
How Masters Think: The Opening 6

How Masters Think: The Opening 6

IM David Pruess 1 Mar 2, 2011 5085 Views 12 min
The Playful Squirrel plays again, this time ready to "pounce like a squirrel." Perhaps in one of his toughest games yet, the Squirrel faces a kid who develops his king-side very well, and successfully castles early. However, due to the slow development of the queen-side pieces, the Squirrel whips up a lightning fast check-mating attack that seems anything but Playful!
How Masters Think: The Opening 5

How Masters Think: The Opening 5

IM David Pruess 1 Feb 28, 2011 5105 Views 8 min
The Playful Squirrel returns to ChessKid.com to do battle with kids and talk about the all-important opening stage of the game. Will the prize be claimed by a kid strong enough to develop their pieces, castle their king, and not lose anything in the first ten moves? Watch to find out!!
How Masters Think: The Opening 4

How Masters Think: The Opening 4

IM David Pruess 1 Feb 2, 2011 6236 Views 12 min
The PlayfulSquirrel is back, challenging all comers on the ChessKid.com "Blitz Chess" server. This time, he faces his most prudent opponent yet! Is it too late for you to get the prize?? Or has the PlayfulSquirrel once again managed to crush all opposition within ten moves?
How Masters Think: The Opening 3

How Masters Think: The Opening 3

IM David Pruess 1 Jan 7, 2011 6610 Views 10 min
The PlayfulSquirrel returns to battle against the members of ChessKid.com in a contest of development, castling, capturing free pieces, and control of the center. Be the first to get all your pieces out and castle against the PlayfulSquirrel before move 10 to win a prize!
The Weakest Square 9

The Weakest Square 9

Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 20, 2010 8162 Views 12 min
Sometimes an attack on the Square of Doom is so strong that you're willing to sacrifice a whole bunch of material just to get it rolling! Amanda describes a sharp variation in which white sacrifices a whole Rook in order to pounce on the weakest square. Exciting!
Rules to the Opening 4

Rules to the Opening 4

IM Daniel Rensch Nov 17, 2010 6268 Views 9 min
Danny's last two "Opening Principles" are even more advanced, and help us think not just about the "Opening" but also the "Middlegame", the next stage in the game.
Rules to the Opening 2

Rules to the Opening 2

IM Daniel Rensch Oct 21, 2010 7791 Views 7 min
Danny is back to teach us more good ideas about how best to start off our chess games! Are you a fan of the four move checkmate? If so, you had better watch this one!
Rules to the Opening 1

Rules to the Opening 1

IM Daniel Rensch Oct 15, 2010 11784 Views 8 min
Most games of chess have a beginning, a middle, and an end. But EVERY game of chess has a beginning, called the opening, and Danny is here to tell us what the opening is all about.
Oooooops! Episode 2

Oooooops! Episode 2

IM David Pruess 1 Jul 30, 2010 8967 Views 6 min
IM David Pruess dives into another opening disaster: an age old "trap" which has slain many chess players, novices and experts alike!
The Weakest Square 4

The Weakest Square 4

IM David Pruess 1 Jun 13, 2010 7896 Views 8 min
Next up for the student of the weakest square comes an example of how weak squares can lead to an incredible tangle of knight forks. Don't know what a knight fork is? You will after this one!
The Weakest Square 1

The Weakest Square 1

David Petty 1 Apr 17, 2010 15523 Views 8 min
One of the most important things you need to know about in order to play the opening is The Square of Doooooom! Find out which square it is in this video, then stay tuned for more videos showing you all the ways this square can be used.
Oooooops! Episode 1

Oooooops! Episode 1

IM David Pruess 1 Apr 2, 2010 12841 Views 12 min
Prepare to see a true opening disaster! Then we will look at the game together, and figure out what mistakes lead to this disaster so that you won't fall into one like it.
The Curious Case of Copycat Claire

The Curious Case of Copycat Claire

David Petty 1 Mar 31, 2010 11068 Views 11 min
Ever play against someone who copies every move you make? Does it make you go cuckoo? After you see this story, you'll be very ready for the next Copycat to come your way.