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.
GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack.
If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square.
You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
When is a chess player like a calculator? Well, hopefully, all the time.
FM Mike Klein explains how to calculate in your games, which is the most important skill to have in chess.
Learn how to use the clues of the chessboard to solve tactical puzzles you might not have seen otherwise.
Have you ever seen bugs attracted to a light outside in the summer?
If you have, you can understand attraction on the chessboard.
FM Mike Klein explains this powerful idea, and how you can use attraction to make some crazy tactics you might not even believe.
Make sure you watch to the end to see one of the hardest problems FunMasterMike has ever assigned.
In chess, sometimes you can win a lot of treasure if you can just get rid of that pesky guard.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to remove or even distract defenders in chess so you can swoop in and win even more material at the end.
This is one tactic you'll be glad you learned.
Checking is the most forcing move you can make in chess - but when should you do it?
FM Mike Klein teaches you the right time to check, and just as important, when not to do it.
Learn how to use this powerful move correctly and your rating will go up quickly.
It's the oldest chess trick in the book - but that doesn't mean you don't have to know how to stop it!
ChessKid coach David Petty shows you the scholar's mate, which is by far the most common mating attack in the chess beginner's arsenal.
Learn how to defend against this rudimentary threat, and explore the related themes of weak squares on f7 and f2.
Checkmating with a king and rook against a lone king is one of those basic checkmates every chess player must know by heart.
FM Mike Klein explains exactly how to do this mate, teaching you every move you need to win 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.
What's one of the most common checkmates in the game? The king and queen mate, of course.
FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how to mate with this combination, building a fence to contain the enemy king.
Learn how to use the king and queen together to force checkmate and win the game.
Checkmate is the goal, but how do you create one in a game?
FM Mike Klein gives you the recipe for an easy checkmate using an important concept: the helper.
Learn how to use your pieces to help one another to trap and destroy the enemy king.
FunMasterMike's favorite piece is the knight, and he'll show you why in this video of the best knight moves of 2014.
Learn how this tricky piece hops around the board, creating all kinds of crazy cavalry tactics.
If you can find the winning move in the last game shown, you'll really impress FunMasterMike.
Can you mate in two with GM Benzoo?
GM Ben Finegold gives you four challenges where you can deliver mate by getting your own pieces out of the way.
Stick around for the tricky last problem, and also take a lesson on checkmate by clicking the related links.
What should you do with your worst piece in a chess game?
Improve it! FM Mike Klein kicks off a new video series with some powerful examples of piece improvement and how it can help your chess results.
Just like your friends at a good party, all your pieces should be having fun. FunMasterMike shows you how to make that happen.
In part 2, FunMasterMike has three more games for you! The first shows how to play when you are way behind. The second is the most brilliant attack ever featured on his show. And in the third, you'll learn what is the biggest mistake in all of chess. No, it's not hanging your queen. It's not even getting mated! What could it be? Watch until the end to find out - and see it happen to an unlucky chesskid.
Fun Master Mike shows off two games where high-rated players were mated because they didn't guard the weakest square. The pawn on f7 is like a newborn baby - just kind of sits there but still needs a lot of attention. Along the way, you'll learn about the importance of following your coach's advice, and knowing about the difference between the two types of pins. Now that's a full eight minutes!
CoachJohnnyB shows off a "miniature" - a game that lasts under 20 moves. How could one side lose so quickly? By moving too many pawns in front of his king! Black destroys the defenders and invades for a hallway checkmate! Watch and learn how and when to sacrifice to pry open your opponent's king!