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.
Where is the best place you can put your rook in a game of chess?
Usually, it’s on the seventh (or second) rank, where the rook is a real monster, says GM Simon Williams in his latest lesson.
The rook only realizes its full power in the endgame when you put it on this ideal row, where it gobbles up pawns and restricts the enemy king.
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.
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.
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening.
Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play.
Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show originally broadcast live on September 18, 2014.
Hope you like endgames, ChessKids, because FM Mike Klein is making this show an endgame special.
After warming up with two easy puzzles, FM Klein dives into the seriously fun business of endgame analysis.
When you’re done watching, try a match vs. the ChessKid computer in a two-bishop mate.
Brace yourself ChessKids because FunMasterMike has delivered a big package of 1500-level material. Are you into chess enough to handle it? We hope so! He begins a series on Exchange sacrifices - rooks trading for knights or bishops. You really have to be an advanced player to know when this is the right thing to do. In this first example, we see a very common pattern - Rxc3 in the Sicilian. Watch and see how powerful this move is!
We're back with another one of Playful Squirrel's challenging Quizzes! Once again, it's time to pause the video and think really hard, because each quiz question will stretch your brain! Make sure you watch "What To Do 8" (see Related Links, below) before this video.