Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right?
Except when you don’t.
FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
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.
We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame?
GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
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.
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade.
FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson.
You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
FM Mike Klein reviews one of the best games from the recent Castle Chess camp to demonstrate an important lesson: don't force your opponents' pieces where they want to go anyway.
Watch how a 1300-rated player beat a much-higher rated opponent who did not follow FunMasterMike's advice at all.
FM Mike Klein continues his chess tactics survey with a lesson on a powerful move: the discovered attack.
Learn how one piece can move out of the way, unveiling another piece just waiting to pounce.
Find out how you can use a discovered attack to win your opponent's queen on just the sixth move of the game.
Castling is a great move, but there is one issue you should know about after you do it - your back rank.
FM Mike Klein explains what makes the back rank so important, how to checkmate on it, and how to avoid being mated there.
Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves?
FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about.
If you've ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.
Anish Giri is one of the strongest players in the world, and he is on the rise fast.
But Giri was once a young ChessKid, too.
FM Mike Klein takes a look at two amazing Giri games when he was just 11.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Magnus Carlsen will defend his world champion title later this week against Vishy Anand, but Carlsen wasn't always the best player in the world!
FM Mike Klein shows you that Carlsen was once a ChessKid, too, who loved to aggressively attack his opponent's king.
FunMasterMike analyzes two of young Carlsen's most exciting attacking games!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links so you can play like Carlsen.
How do you punish an opponent who waits too long to castle?
By opening the e-file and pouncing with his rook, queen and both bishops, coach skunkfrog never gives Black a chance to cover up his king.
Stick around till the end of the video to solve a tricky mate-in-six!
In parts 1-3 you saw how to advance your Snow Plow, now FunMasterMike is going to show you how to blockade it! Sure, the Four Pawns Attack looks scary, but every pawn move makes a bigger piece sad. Watch how Black develops and destroys the center, then hunts down White's king and weak back rank. As always, our tactical ChessKid geniuses will love the fun that results!
What's the "visor" and the "chin rest"? Mr. A describes what tournament chess players should look like when they training and studying for tournaments. Today you'll need an actual chess set to watch his video. If you want to be a grandmaster, you have to look like one!