How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question.
You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo.
FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
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.
Queens aren't the only pieces that can block in their teammates. Bishops can be the ones swallowing flies, too, as IM Daniel Rensch explains with an old song.
You don't want to treat your bishop like an oversized pawn, do you?
Watch this video to find out where not to put your piece.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
How good was Magnus Carlsen when he was just nine years old?
Find out in this video, as IM PlayfulSquirrel reviews one of Carlsen's earliest games.
Check out the related links for your chance to play Carlsen yourself!
When is a knight better than a rook? When the rook can't find any open files on the map, that's a good bet the knight is better! Watch as FunMasterMike divulges the secrets to Exchange sacrifices, and explains why you shouldn't turn off the faucet. Well, you should when you're brushing your teeth, but not when you're analyzing. Confused? Watch and all will be explained!
The finale of FunMasterMike's series on Isolated Queen Pawns! Today we see the other side play well - blockading and eventually winning the pawn thanks to some super clever back-rank ideas. But when FunMasterMike is down, he's not out. Watch how he created confusion and made an epic comeback. Chess is not just about knowledge, it's about putting up a fight!
Side pawn? Rook pawn? Algebraic notation? Descriptive notation? All this fancy talk is obscuring the lesson. GM Benzoo wants to show you how easy it is to blockade a pawn on the edge, but your king has to make it to the CORNER. That's right - the corner is not just where you're sent when you're punished, it's where you want to be! So go there, hold the draw, and make the GM happy!
How many different openings can give White an isolated queen pawn? At least four, and probably a lot more, as FunMasterMike shows you. More importantly, what's the number one rule when facing the IQP? Don't know yet? Watch his quick video and you'll see a grandmaster who either forget himself, or he thought he was above the law. In chess, no one is above the law!
CoachEugene brings more action from the CK Invitational Championship. Staying in the Under-Eight Section, he shows a game where black could have played a crazy defense involving bringing his king forward instead of backward in the middlegame. Why would you want to march your king into the attack? Watch and learn the instructive idea!
The PinkHamster continues examining the instructive endgame between ChessKids Josh and Andy, this time talking about the importance of blockading passed pawns, as well as keeping the enemy king out of your camp.
Three months after his first game against the PlayfulSquirrel, David Petty played in his first ever adult tournament held at the oldest chess club in the country. In his first round, David was paired against a player rated 2000! See the game David played, and hear his story about this exciting moment in his career as a Chess Kid.