The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do?
GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post.
Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
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.
National Master Carisa Yip is back with some more of her favorite chess puzzles for you to solve.
This time, the puzzles are positional studies by the chess author Jacob Aagaard. Yes, that's a lot of A's. Hopefully you can get an A on these puzzles too if you try hard.
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.
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!
A crushing attack against the Sicilian! Watch how fast development overcomes even the loss of both center pawns. There's a tough puzzle position for you to solve (hint: think about which square is Black's weak spot). White gets open lines everywhere as Skunkfrog brings an end to his series on attacking kings that forgot to castle!
The MusicCityMaster shows off one of the most famous games from the first World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz! You'll learn about the Giuco Piano, the importance of castling, and why you should attack with every piece in your army. He also leaves us with a cliffhanger - a question that won't be answered until Part 2! Can you figure it out?
Labor Day celebrates the workers of the country, and the chess players! GM Benzoo shows a great attacking game from his own play. He uses every piece in the attack and finishes Black with a really cool rook sacrifice. Benzoo makes playing like a grandmaster look easy. It isn't easy of course, but if you follow his advice, you'll inch just a wee bit closer!
Grandmaster Ben Finegold displays an amazing example of the Bank Rank Checkmate theme from a recent game at the U.S. Junior Chess Championship in St Louis. Ben highlights how this weakness can be continuously attacked if the opponent doesn't have time to make "luft" for the king. Take notes and enjoy!
It's story time! Witness the first steps of a young squirrel venturing beyond his home forest for the first time, into the wilderness of adult chess. Longer time controls, stronger opponents, more complicated check mates, and games played past his bed time. Don't miss David's First Major Tournament!
Today PlayfulSquirrel takes a look back to one of the most "Amazing Games" in the history of chess! Before there were official ratings, titles or even world champions, people still played chess didn't they? Well, two of the "best in the biz" in the 1800's are on display in today's video. Enjoy!
It's here! The wild, super-exciting, oh-my-gosh did he just do that second half of the most famous game of chess EVER. Watch how Morphy uses the fact that he got his pieces out first to sacrifice and sacrifice, until the black king is trapped in the middle of the board!