Can you play chess detective? Part of being a good chess player is getting inside the head of your opponent, even when "weird" moves are played. Watch and learn how to spot the clues that will help you solve the puzzling positions!
One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right?
Except when you don’t.
FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
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.
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.
GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack.
If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square.
You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
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.
Hey, what's your plan, ChessKids?
FM Mike Klein gives you three important things to focus on in all your chess games: checks, captures, and threats.
Let FunMasterMike teach you why should never make a move without looking for these three forcing ideas.
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.
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.
Who is chess coach Rob's favorite chess player?
The great Paul Morphy!
Watch this fun video to see how Morphy developed his pieces by making the easy moves first.
This simple idea will help every one of your chess games.
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.
Carissa Yip is the youngest female national master in U.S. history.
Watch her debut lesson on ChessKid as she explains how she won an important game in the World Youth Championship.
Learn how a chess prodigy thinks in this informative game review.
Can you name one of the most common yet devastating tactics in chess?
We won't be coy. It's the decoy.
Decoys lure an opposing piece to a bad square that allows you to play a winning tactic.
Learn all about decoys with GM Eugene Perelshteyn, and see if you can solve his decoy puzzles in the video.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links!