ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
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.
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.
Want to be able to win a chess game in a few moves? More important, do you want to avoid losing quickly?
This is the lesson for you. FM Mike Klein shows you some quick traps and mates to look for in your games.
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.
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 is back with the second game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, this time taking on HulkingHunter in a Russian Game.
Learn how FunMasterMike pried open the center of the board to reach a great endgame very quickly.
This game is all about solid technique, so be sure to pay attention.
Don’t forget to try out the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
Who is chess coach Rob's favorite chess player?
The great Paul Morphy!
Watch this fun video to see how Morphy developed his pieces by making the easy moves first.
This simple idea will help every one of your chess games.
A "D" on your report card is bad, but in chess it stands for decoy and deflection, which are powerful tactics you need to know about.
Learn how to play your opponent's pieces like a fiddle in this exciting video lesson by FM Mike Klein.
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.
Do you want to play an exciting and strong opening?
Sure, we all do.
IM Danny Rensch shows you a fun and easy opening to play, The Scotch 4 Knights.
Learn how the Scotch game can help you immediately challenge the center and complete your development.
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.
FM Mike Klein continues his lesson on the fundamental chess tactics with an exciting video on skewers - the reverse of pins.
Learn how to spot skewers and use them to win tons of material.
If you've ever seen the movie "Searching For Bobby Fischer," you've watched a powerful skewer in action. Enjoy the show as FM Klein explains the tactics from the movie's climax.
Are you ready for some forks?
FM Mike Klein shows you this exciting chess move that allows you to attack two pieces at the same time.
If you can master this important idea, you can turn your knights into nightmares - for your opponent.