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.
GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack.
If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square.
You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
NM Carissa Yip is back with a lesson from one of her games in this year’s world youth chess championship.
Learn from one of the greatest young chess prodigies in America in this thorough video that shows you how NM Yip approaches all phases of the game.
Think you can solve tactics like Carissa? Try the puzzles in the related links.
FM Mike Klein plays his final game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, closing out the series with a tilt against “MasterEthan.”
See how Ethan does against FunMasterMike in a Scotch game, an enjoyable opening to play for both sides.
Watch how FM Mike almost lost the game before he thought better.
Don’t forget to try your hand at the ChessKid puzzles in the related links.
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.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
What's the fastest way to blast open the chessboard and use a lead in development?
Opening the center.
Learn from one of the rarest occasions in chess: a FunMasterMike mistake where he didn't play this powerful strategy.
Hope you like rooks, because this video is all about them.
What do rooks hate more than anything else? Pawns! They block in the powerful pieces, and sometimes the rooks will eat pawns just like Pac-Man.
Find out where to put your rooks to make them the happiest in this fun lesson by FM Mike Klein.
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.
FM Mike Klein is back with another exciting game from the Castle Chess camp.
Beware the danger of leaving your king in the middle too long. In this game, White demolishes Black, taking advantage of a king that couldn't find his home fast enough.
Pay special attention for some extra pointers from FM Klein, including when it is OK to answer a threat with another threat of your own.
What are the best chess ideas for students to learn?
IM Daniel Rensch compiles the 10 most essential opening concepts for beginning players.
Top on the list? The logical Ruy Lopez, a powerful opening played at the highest levels of chess that also packs tremendous teaching value in each one of its moves.
Don't let chess stress take you to Crazytown. Watch and enjoy this fun video.
One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up.
Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss.
Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
What's the most urgent move in chess? Check! FM Mike Klein shows you how to give a check, and what to do if you find yourself in check. Learn the memory aid "CPR" - capture, protect, or run away - to get your king out of check.