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!
One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
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.
When is a pawn a super hero?
FunMasterMike shows you three ways that pawns can be as strong as any piece on the board.
But the fun doesn't end there. FM Klein also teaches you the exact opposite, when pawns are weaklings.
Watch this video to make sure your pawns are as powerful as they can be.
The MusicCityMaster filled in for FunMasterMike in June! Watch the musical version of Your Games Analyzed, where you'll see a master class on isolated queen pawns with a good bass beat. In general, if the pawn is allowed to advance, that spells trouble. Even attempts to win the pawn outright can lead to spectacular tactics. Watch and become an "IQP Master"!
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!
In part 5 of FunMasterMike's treatment of IQPs, he shows two games where the bishop redirects and focuses on the e6 pawn. Oh, and there's also that "small" part about sacrificing your queen. It happens in both games! See if you can spot the tactics. A warning - neither one is easy to find! But if you've watched the first four videos in the series, you know that good things happen with active pieces!
FunMasterMike was once KidMasterMike - watch his game from the very first Supernationals, where he removed the blockade of his isolated queen pawn and routed Black's position. This is a great example of why you don't want an important piece like the queen in front of the IQP - when she gets attack, she has to run away, thus freeing the strong pawn to advance. See if you can guess all of the FunMaster's moves!
In part 3 of the series on this unique pawn structure, FunMasterMike shows two top-level grandmaster games where Black thought he had the IQP under control. Sadly for him, aiming at the square d5 and physically blockading the square d5 are two completely different things. Watch the difference, and see why it always makes sense to consider advancing the isolated queen pawn. Take that Black, you and your "better" pawn structure!
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!
Quick - who was World Champion for the longest? No, not Kasparov. Not Fischer. Certainly not Carlsen! (Watch the show for the answer.) Today you'll actually see two World Champions face off in a famous game. One of the main themes is playing against an Isolated Queen Pawn, but Coach Todd will also clue you in to a superhero power that can help you in chess. It's not flying or invisibility - watch and see what he means!
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!
As you improve at chess, it becomes more and more important to pay attention to the different "pawn structures" that occur in your games. One very famous structure is the "isolated queen pawn position." Today Coach Todd shows a classic example from a world championship match of how to fight against an isolated queen pawn.
We're back with another one of Playful Squirrel's challenging Quizzes! Once again, it's time to pause the video and think really hard, because each quiz question will stretch your brain! Make sure you watch "What To Do 8" (see Related Links, below) before this video.
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...