ChessKids know that their king will almost always be safer if they castle, but truly advanced ChessKids know that sometimes you shouldn't castle! FM Mike Klein teaches five reasons you shouldn't castle!
By now ChessKids, your opponents certainly know enough to castle and make their king safe! How can you mate them once they do that? Well, FM Mike Klein has some helpful hints that are sure to point you in the right direction.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
Have you ever been playing a game of chess and suddenly had no idea what you should do next?
Everyone feels lost sometimes in a game of chess, but now you can do something about it.
IM PlayfulSquirrel shows you what to do when you don't know what to do!
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.
What's the ultimate goal of chess? Checkmate!
Learn how to achieve mate in one of the most important openings in chess, the Sicilian Defense.
GM Benzoo shows you that sometimes, development is more important than material, especially when both sides are on the attack.
Don't forget to take our ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Can you name one of the most common yet devastating tactics in chess?
We won't be coy. It's the decoy.
Decoys lure an opposing piece to a bad square that allows you to play a winning tactic.
Learn all about decoys with GM Eugene Perelshteyn, and see if you can solve his decoy puzzles in the video.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links!
Vishy Anand is currently playing Magnus Carlsen for the world chess championship in Russia.
Obviously, it’s tough to win against such an amazing player. But GM Judit Polgar has done it!
Watch as GM Polgar explains how she beat one of the best players of all time in this amazing game.
One easy way to win is to use extra pieces. Do a computer workout in the related links!
We all know it's important to develop your own pieces quickly, but one thing you never want to do is help your opponent develop!
IM PlayfulSquirrel shows you how to be careful and avoid doing your opponent's bidding in the opening.
Check out the related links for some awesome lessons on opening principles.
Are you ready for the hardest chess game yet in the chess fiesta?
FunMasterMike wants you to learn what to do to improve your pieces even AFTER they've developed.
Finding the best squares and jobs for your already-developed pieces requires creativity and logical thinking, and FM Klein shows you how to do it.
FM Mike Klein continues his lesson on improving all your pieces (inviting all your friends to the party).
FunMasterMike looks at an instructive David Bronstein game to illustrate the importance of getting all your pieces working for you - at almost any cost.
Learn why getting active pieces is so crucial that it is unusually worth breaking other chess guidelines to achieve it.
FM Alisa Melehina shows you a famous ancient game to teach one of the most important chess ideas of all: controlling the center.
Learn how to seize control of the center in King's Pawn Opening when your opponent plays inaccurate moves early on.
FM Melehina demonstrates the power of developing your pieces with an eye toward the center for a fast win.