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!
Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames?
FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces.
Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
Do you like to draw?
In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
Isolated pawns are a very important part of chess strategy, and FM Mike Klein is here to teach you everything you need to know about these pawns without neighbors on either file.
While isolated pawns can lead to some exciting attacks in the middlegame, they are often big weaknesses later in the game, and FunMasterMike explains exactly how to destroy them.
Learn why you should usually avoid these isolated pawn structures, and the exception to this rule.
FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show originally broadcast live on September 18, 2014.
Hope you like endgames, ChessKids, because FM Mike Klein is making this show an endgame special.
After warming up with two easy puzzles, FM Klein dives into the seriously fun business of endgame analysis.
When you’re done watching, try a match vs. the ChessKid computer in a two-bishop mate.
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!
Is it possible to have a chessboard full of pieces but not have any good moves? It sure is, and FunMasterMike shows you two examples from his games. These "zugzwang" positions are extremely powerful, and they also prove to your teacher that you are focusing on your opponent's moves as much as your own. Or should we say, your opponent's lack of moves!
With only one fighting piece on the board, there's not much to think about, right? Wrong! Today FunMasterMike shows you a game between two World Champions. You'll learn all the factors that go into deciding whether the bishop or the knight is better in the endgame. You'll also learn about the cool theme "domination". Watch this video and you'll "dominate" the endgame!
Welcome IM Rusa Goletiani to the ChessKid author family! Rusa is a past U.S. Women's Champion and the co-founder of the Westchester Chess Academy. Today she shows us when you'd like to have opposite-colored bishops, and what happens when you reach an endgame with them. Watch and learn how different parts of the game demand different sets of principles!
Despite Judit's strong attack in the middlegame, Anand defended well and the game has reaches it's final stage: the endgame! Up a pawn, Judit's position is a "technical win", but a great deal of tricky maneuvering is necessary before Judit can finally win this pawn up bishop endgame.
In second phase of Judit's game against Anand we see the game transition from the opening into a complex middlegame position. Ahead in development but down a pawn, watch and learn from Judit as she conducts a powerful attack against the world champion's uncastled king!
Who's your favorite diagonal-moving, endgame-playing, knight-gobbling piece? The octopus? No no, wait, I take it back! Hopefully you answered the bishop (not the octopus), because today we're focusing on the bishop and how best to place him (and use him!) in the endgame.