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Bad Bishops

Bad Bishops

FM FunMasterMike Jan 10, 2019 30013 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!
Fair Play

Fair Play

IM Daniel Rensch Jan 7, 2019 81772 Views 10 min
What's the most important thing in chess? It's having fun! FunMasterMike and PoppaBear are here to show you the right way to play so that BOTH players have a good time.
Rook Lifts

Rook Lifts

FM FunMasterMike Feb 20, 2018 53615 Views 9 min
Can rooks climb stairs? They can today! Watch and see how rooks can become your BFF, even when there's no open files to use. Bring them up and over and they'll be shouting with joy!
Exceptions To The Rules

Exceptions To The Rules

FM FunMasterMike May 31, 2017 82545 Views 9 min
By now ChessKids you know a lot of rules! Sometimes though, you have to break a rule in a chess game? When and how should you do that? FM Mike Klein explains.
The Rook

The Rook

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 128423 Views 5 min
Today ChessKids, we learn how to move the chess pieces! FM Mike Klein begins with a powerful, simple piece: the rook!
The Bishop

The Bishop

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 40530 Views 6 min
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to move the tricky bishop and what the crazy and weird word, "diagonal," means!
The Queen

The Queen

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 43496 Views 7 min
FM Mike Klein shows you which two pieces combine to make the super-powerful queen and tests your newfound knowledge with some exercises where you have to think ahead!
The King

The King

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 34651 Views 3 min
By now you know how the queen moves, but what about her husband, the king?! He's not as fast, but he's still super-important as FM Mike Klein explains!
The Knight

The Knight

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 32868 Views 4 min
The knights can be tricky pieces, hopping all around the chessboard! FM Mike Klein explains the mysterious movements of these pet horses (just don't call them horses; they are proud to be tricky knights!)
The Pawn

The Pawn

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 33467 Views 5 min
This video is all about the little guys! FM Mike Klein demystifies the pawns. You get eight of these small but tricky guys so you'd better use them well!
Color Weaknesses

Color Weaknesses

FM FunMasterMike Sep 21, 2016 62168 Views 7 min
Do you know what color weaknesses are ChessKids? FM Mike Klein shows you how to win by spotting (and creating) color weaknesses in your games!
The Power Of The Bishop Pair

The Power Of The Bishop Pair

FM FunMasterMike Aug 10, 2016 83819 Views 8 min
The bishop pair is a fearsome force in chess. They can dominate open diagonals create threats across the entire board! FM Mike Klein shows you how to put this dastardly due to work!
Kick Them Out

Kick Them Out

FM FunMasterMike Jul 6, 2016 57777 Views 9 min
What can you do when your opponent puts a piece on your side of the board? Try to kick it out, says FM Mike Klein. Learn how to shoo away your opponent’s most annoying pieces in this lesson on kicking them out.
Tempo

Tempo

FM FunMasterMike Jun 8, 2016 45380 Views 9 min
How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question. You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo. FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
More On Backward Pawns

More On Backward Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Mar 19, 2016 31214 Views 8 min
To move forward, sometimes you have to go backward and pawn play is no exception. FunMasterMike explains backward pawns and three key ideas you must know about them! Now only 99 more things to learn to be as good as the FunMaster!