What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks?
As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike.
Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing.
How can this be?
FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question.
You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo.
FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
Do you like to draw?
In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
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.
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade.
FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson.
You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
What happens when two kings face off? It's opposition.
FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess.
Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote - all with this one idea, the opposition.
Can FM Mike Klein trick you with just kings and pawns? Watch this third video of his endgame series to find out.
FM Klein once again changes the position slightly to show how small differences in placement can mean big differences in results!
Learn how to convert a king-and-pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike's help.
Watch out for those tricky king and pawn endgames!
In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you how slight changes to the position in these endgames can mean huge differences in the correct way to win.
Learn how to convert a king and pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike's help.
Is it possible to have a chessboard full of pieces but not have any good moves? It sure is, and FunMasterMike shows you two examples from his games. These "zugzwang" positions are extremely powerful, and they also prove to your teacher that you are focusing on your opponent's moves as much as your own. Or should we say, your opponent's lack of moves!
When would you prefer it to be your opponent's move? No, not when you're lining up to do chores - there's a chess reason why you'd want the other guy to go first. Watch this very special situation unfold, while GM Benzoo explains the shenanigans. Don't be in OPPOSITION to this video - it may just save you a half-point!
King and one pawn against king. Pretty easy, right? Well, it is if you watch the grandmaster do it! GM Benzoo explains why controlling the queening square is the winning technique. But a WARNING: there are 1.5 exceptions! How could there be one and half exceptions? Watch and see the really tricky positions and what you need to know to solve those!
In this edition of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see a chesskid willingly go into a king and pawn endgame in which he is probably losing. Never do this! The worst kind of losing ending is one without pieces. Instead the rook ending would have been OK. But the mistake puts him in good company. Would you believe that former World Champion Garry Kasparov's final game was the same mistake!? Watch and see both examples!
Everything you ever needed to know about king and one pawn versus king! Literally, everything! You have to get down cold chesskids so you'll be able to beat those high-rated players after you snatch and pawn and trade into the endgame. Later, you'll see a famous chess "study" - the solution is always beautiful and there's a trick or two you have to avoid. Warning: one of the seldom-used rules of chess will become important, but which one?
The next edition of the hit ChessKid TV show - Your Games Analyzed - with FunMasterMike! If you missed the live airing, watch and see whose games were chosen from the forum. The first is a really instructive knight endgame, but even before that the name of the game is: outpost! The ChessKids submitted some really high quality games this time, making the selection the hardest yet!
It's Endgame Extravaganza! The MusicCityMaster continues his show with more "in the end." Rooks are stronger than pawns right? Well...don't be so sure. You also see more complicated pawn endgames - sometimes it takes 15 minutes to analyze a position with only a few pawns on the board!