It may be impossible to build a perpetual motion machine, but in chess, all things are possible! Watch the learn how you can save a lost position by checking your opponent over and over and over and over and....
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.
Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames?
FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces.
Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames.
FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson.
Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!
If you're in check and can't get out, it's checkmate - you learned that in the last video.
But what happens when a player is not in check, but has no piece or pawn able to move?
That's something different entirely: stalemate - a tie.
FM Mike Klein explains what stalemate is, what it means, and how you can avoid it if you're winning - or hope for it if you're losing.
In the third video of his series, GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board.
GM Finegold analyzes the most exciting checkmates from his youth in this instructional episode, and lets you know how he managed to set up the mating nets.
Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the most important checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
In the final two games of the broadcast, you'll learn a complicated opening and an even more difficult ending. The famed Max Lange Attack can be less poisonous if you watch FunMasterMike show how to defend against it. Stick around until the end of the video and review your bishop and knight mate technique - that's one even master forget every once in a while!
Watch the sublime endgame technique to finish off the beginning of MusicCityMaster's show. Then you get to see the strongest American player of the 1800s in the first U.S. Championship! Paul Morphy sacs his queen but there's mate everywhere!
The MusicCityMaster shows us some of his techniques that he used to get his master rating. First, he explains how to judge a new position. Then, after repeating some great advice by a famous player, he shows how a small and simple advantage of an outpost can lead to victory. Not everything in chess is pins and forks - watch how even more basic concepts can lead to your chess improvement.
Grandmaster Benjamin Finegold (Benzoo) brings us another exciting game from the 2013 US Junior Championship. In this game between Sarah Chiang and Sam Sevian, White finds her rook strangely out of play, and we all learn a valuable lesson about keeping our pieces in the center of the board, even in the endgame.
The queen doesn't usually make it to the endgame...but when she does, it can be a nightmare trying to calculate not just what your own queen should be doing, but also how to stop your opponent's queen from running wild all over the place! While he admits that it's very complicated, the PlayfulSquirrel provides a few simple guidelines to help you place your queen correctly in the endgame.
The PlayfulSquirrel kicks off a new series on how to use every different chess piece in the endgame. Of course, the piece whose role changes most dramatically is none other than the King himself, and so it is with the King that we begin. Once the pieces trade and the endgame starts, watch the king turn from zero to hero as he sprints just as quickly (or slowly) as he can into the center of the action!
The PlayfulSquirrel goes over the three "phases" of a chess game: the Opening (beginning), the Middlegame (middle), and the Endgame (ending). Sounds easy, right? Well, don't be so sure! Learn how to figure out which phase of the game you are in, and also which strategies to employ in the different phases of the game!
This weekend the PinkHamster brings you one of his favorite chess stories about a game he played on an Airplane. Make sure to see this amazing game, and watch all the way through to the end, to find out about the PinkHamster's new TV show coming soon!
You can win chess games and you can lose them, but did you know that you can also get a tie? In chess, we call a tie "a draw", and there are many different ways this can happen. In fact, at the highest levels, chess "Grandmasters" get draws all the time in their games! Tune in to learn some of the most common types of draws in chess.
There are more ways to win and lose in chess than checkmate, and one of them is the important word "resign." Tune in to find out what resigning is, how it is done, and some advice on when and when not to use it in your own games!