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.
NM Carissa Yip is back to regale you with more tales from the U.S. Women's Championship! Check out her absolutely exhilarating back and forth battle with WIM Agata Bygovtsev where both players had excellent chances at different points.
Who knows how to sacrifice better than the legendary former World Champion Mikhail Tal? Trick question - no one does! FunMasterMike closes his series on exchange sacrifices by showing a classic example of playing Rxe6. White gets a ton of "comp" as we say - that's "compensation" not "computers!" Watch the entire finish, where Tal reduces into a king and pawn ending, just like Benzoo has been explaining!
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!
Are you a dragon or a dragon slayer? In the Sicilian Dragon, Black's dark-squared bishop is a beast - often worth much more than a rook. Watch these two examples where Black refuses to trade it off, even willing to offer the Exchange just to safeguard the heroic bishop. Once the offer is made, all that's left to do is bombard the White king and remove his shield!
Brace yourself ChessKids because FunMasterMike has delivered a big package of 1500-level material. Are you into chess enough to handle it? We hope so! He begins a series on Exchange sacrifices - rooks trading for knights or bishops. You really have to be an advanced player to know when this is the right thing to do. In this first example, we see a very common pattern - Rxc3 in the Sicilian. Watch and see how powerful this move is!
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!
In his first video for ChessKid, Coach Mike from New York has a great endgame form none other than Bobby Fischer! He is up a small amount of material, but you'll get a great explanation of how grandmasters are willing to trade into a winning king and pawn endgame. The power of the outside passed pawn is the key, and Fischer sees this about 10 moves in advance! That's how you score the full point. He should be world champion. Oh wait, he was!
Ever wonder how you can attack as Black, even after your opponent opens with his queen's pawn? Look no further - Coach Skunkfrog shows a game where he demolishes White in fewer than 15 moves. There are open files and diagonals everywhere, and plenty of discovered attacks to go around. And why oh why is White's queen on b8?!
A trio of games from CoachJohnnyB shows all the ChessKids how to use his advice in actual tournaments. Our international master is especially fond of the "sacrifice" method of destroying the defenders. His favorite technique is to offer his rooks to tear down enemy defenses, then dive in with the queen. See how he does it, even against grandmasters!
Coach JohnnyB shows the three ways to get what you want in chess: exchanging, sacrificing, or destroying a pawn wall. Any of these methods can be used to get to your opponent's king, but you need to know all three for the right moments. Your checkmates will come quickly and easily if you pay attention to his advice!
Grandmaster Ben Finegold displays an amazing example of the Bank Rank Checkmate theme from a recent game at the U.S. Junior Chess Championship in St Louis. Ben highlights how this weakness can be continuously attacked if the opponent doesn't have time to make "luft" for the king. Take notes and enjoy!
The PinkHamster shows us his fourth round in the Chicago Open and uses the game to talk about some important "chess psychology"...specifically the various different ways we have to be mentally flexible when playing.
Last time we learned how to "Attack Weaknesses." But what do you do if there are no weaknesses to attack? Why you create them, of course! The PlayfulSquirrel darts and maneuvers about, creating weak pawns and color complexes, opening the enemy king, making enemy pieces bad, and...well, you'll see soon enough...