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Space Advantages

Space Advantages

FM FunMasterMike May 4, 2018 53448 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!
Maneuvering

Maneuvering

FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2018 48109 Views 8 min
Sometimes you have to go backward instead of forward, as FunMasterMike shows with examples from every piece of the chess board. You'll also see why he's not prepared to host a nature show!
Opposite Sides Castling

Opposite Sides Castling

FM FunMasterMike Dec 26, 2017 47400 Views 11 min
Never has one move been so important! When the kings go their own way and castle differently, it's a race to make an all-out attack before your own king is mated. Do you have the speed to win?
Playing Tournament Chess

Playing Tournament Chess

FM FunMasterMike Oct 17, 2017 45056 Views 8 min
Are you ready for a chess tournament? You will be after watching this video! Join FM Mike Klein as he walks you through tournament preparation from a master's perspective.
King Hunt

King Hunt

FM FunMasterMike Jul 19, 2017 59354 Views 12 min
Everyone loves a chase! In these examples, FM Mike Klein shows you how to give chase to a fleeing king, trapping it and checkmating it.
When Not To Castle

When Not To Castle

FM FunMasterMike Jun 7, 2017 68261 Views 9 min
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!
Pawn Chains

Pawn Chains

NM Sam Copeland 99 Feb 15, 2017 66675 Views 11 min
What should you do when you spot a pawn chain, ChessKids? NM Sam Copeland has the strategic tips to help you out!
Attacking The Castled King

Attacking The Castled King

FM FunMasterMike Nov 16, 2016 56131 Views 11 min
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.
Exchange Sacrifices

Exchange Sacrifices

FM FunMasterMike Oct 19, 2016 57294 Views 8 min
Why would anyone ever just give up a rook for a bishop or knight?! Well, actually there are a lot of reasons! FM Mike Klein shows you four good ones.
Where To Attack!

Where To Attack!

FM FunMasterMike Apr 23, 2016 40413 Views 9 min
Attacking in chess is fun, but how do you know where on the board to do it? FM Mike Klein teaches you what to look for when deciding where to aim your next attack.
Good And Bad Pieces

Good And Bad Pieces

FM FunMasterMike Nov 7, 2015 37259 Views 8 min
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.
How To Know What To Do

How To Know What To Do

IM David Pruess 1 Sep 16, 2015 43613 Views 11 min
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!
When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

When To Trade Pieces: To Defend Yourself!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 17, 2015 27287 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.
Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 13, 2015 27849 Views 10 min
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.
The Deadly Decoy!

The Deadly Decoy!

GM Eugene Perelshteyn 1 Dec 2, 2014 12346 Views 9 min
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!
How Judit Polgar Beat Vishy Anand

How Judit Polgar Beat Vishy Anand

GM Judit Polgar 1 Nov 18, 2014 28990 Views 9 min
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!
Don't Develop Your Opponent's Pieces!

Don't Develop Your Opponent's Pieces!

IM David Pruess 1 Nov 11, 2014 13232 Views 14 min
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.
Celebrate the Chess Fiesta!

Celebrate the Chess Fiesta!

FM FunMasterMike Sep 20, 2014 16373 Views 8 min
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.
Invite Your Friends and Party! -- Part 2

Invite Your Friends and Party! -- Part 2

FM FunMasterMike Sep 16, 2014 16345 Views 6 min
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.
Controlling the Center, Part 3

Controlling the Center, Part 3

FM Alisa Melekhina 1 Aug 30, 2014 4275 Views 8 min
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.