If the f-pawn is the weak pawn, which pawn is the poisoned pawn? The b-pawn! There are many times in the opening where the queen is aiming at your poisoned pawn, but you can simply let her take the poison!
ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
NM Carissa Yip is back to regale you with more tales from the U.S. Women's Championship! Check out her absolutely exhilarating back and forth battle with WIM Agata Bygovtsev where both players had excellent chances at different points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
How do you break through to win in a chess game? Use a battering ram.
GM Simon Williams makes his ChessKid video debut with a fun lesson on this important chess weapon.
Learn how to burst through to the opponent's castled king and deliver checkmate with Simon's battering ram.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
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 fastest way to blast open the chessboard and use a lead in development?
Opening the center.
Learn from one of the rarest occasions in chess: a FunMasterMike mistake where he didn't play this powerful strategy.