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The Poisoned Pawn

The Poisoned Pawn

FM FunMasterMike Feb 18, 2019 5241 Views 7 min
If the f-pawn is the weak pawn, which pawn is the poisoned pawn? The b-pawn! There are many times in the opening where the queen is aiming at your poisoned pawn, but you can simply let her take the poison!
Opening Traps

Opening Traps

FM FunMasterMike Jun 13, 2018 53896 Views 10 min
There are no guarantees in life, but there is in chess! FunMasterMike promises you'll win some chess games just by memorizing these common opening mistakes. Watch and learn six different tricks in 10 minutes!
Trapped Pieces

Trapped Pieces

FM FunMasterMike Jan 7, 2018 63622 Views 7 min
What happens when a piece runs low on squares? It's time to put him in the coffin! Often, these "traps" happen on the edge of the board, but not always. Watch and see many examples of queens and other pieces getting squeezed!
Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

FM FunMasterMike Dec 4, 2017 47885 Views 8 min
What happens when one side focuses on development while the other side forgets? It's a comedy for the first side but a tragedy for the other! Watch this and other advanced opening ideas -- maybe you can also win some quick points!
Queen Sacrifices

Queen Sacrifices

FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2017 52307 Views 10 min
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!
Gambits

Gambits

FM FunMasterMike May 26, 2016 49082 Views 7 min
Should you take a risk in chess? Sometimes it’s more than worth it. FM Mike Klein shows you aggressive moves you can make to give up some material for a quicker attack or control of some crucial space on the chessboard.
Quick Mates and Traps

Quick Mates and Traps

FM FunMasterMike Apr 16, 2016 52529 Views 9 min
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.
King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

FM FunMasterMike Dec 12, 2015 31686 Views 8 min
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.
FunMasterMike Plays Puzzle Winner Will

FunMasterMike Plays Puzzle Winner Will

FM FunMasterMike Dec 5, 2015 28681 Views 8 min
What was the prize for winning the ChessKid puzzles contest? You got to play a game with the legend himself, FM Mike Klein. Watch as FunMasterMike takes on Will, the first puzzles winner, and learn how important is to look an extra move ahead. Be sure to try the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
Your Opponent's Move!

Your Opponent's Move!

FM FunMasterMike Oct 10, 2015 31816 Views 8 min
What's the one thing that turns an average chess player into a real chess master? Focusing on the opponent's moves! FM Mike Klein gives you one of the most important lessons of your chess career today in this video that teaches you exactly how to stop your opponent's threats.
When To Check

When To Check

FM FunMasterMike Jul 15, 2015 21969 Views 6 min
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.
Opening Traps: More Scholar's Mate!

Opening Traps: More Scholar's Mate!

David Petty 1 Jul 4, 2015 21988 Views 12 min
Last time, ChessKid coach David Petty introduced you to scholar's mate, and showed you how to stop it when White plays his bishop out first. But what do you do when White aggressively moves his queen on move two? Never worry. Coach Petty has the answer you need to stop this crude threat. Learn all about how to defend against these common checkmating attempts.
Opening Traps: The Scholar's Mate!

Opening Traps: The Scholar's Mate!

David Petty 1 Jun 27, 2015 30322 Views 7 min
It's the oldest chess trick in the book - but that doesn't mean you don't have to know how to stop it! ChessKid coach David Petty shows you the scholar's mate, which is by far the most common mating attack in the chess beginner's arsenal. Learn how to defend against this rudimentary threat, and explore the related themes of weak squares on f7 and f2.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: Bonus!

The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: Bonus!

IM Daniel Rensch Jun 13, 2015 31652 Views 8 min
Are you ready for a bonus video on the chess piece who swallowed a fly? IM Daniel Rensch is back with another look at how your own pieces can block in your chess army - but this time with a twist. Learn when it is OK to "swallow a fly" (in chess, not real life!) when it achieves a greater goal on the 64 squares.
The Ruy Lopez

The Ruy Lopez

IM Daniel Rensch May 30, 2015 40951 Views 8 min
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.
Stop Copying Me Again!

Stop Copying Me Again!

Jonathan Corbblah 3 Feb 28, 2015 29094 Views 9 min
The Four Knights Opening is extremely popular, especially in youth chess. But what should you do if your opponent keeps copying your moves in this opening? Learn how to take advantage of some tricky positions if your opponent won't stop mirroring your moves! Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: The Old Pony

The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: The Old Pony

IM Daniel Rensch Feb 18, 2015 18644 Views 9 min
Knights can jump right over pieces, but they can still get in the way of their teammates! IM Daniel Rensch is back with another example of a chess piece who swallowed a fly - blocking in its own army. Learn how to avoid common opening blunders by following the simple rule of never blocking in your own pieces. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly -- Part 2

The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly -- Part 2

IM Daniel Rensch Feb 4, 2015 18439 Views 4 min
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!
Stop Copying Me!

Stop Copying Me!

Jonathan Corbblah 3 Jan 31, 2015 31823 Views 6 min
Do you get annoyed when your opponent copies your moves? You don't have to! Just use these simple tricks to make your opponents wish they never even dreamed of copying you. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.