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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When is a chess player like a calculator? Well, hopefully, all the time.
FM Mike Klein explains how to calculate in your games, which is the most important skill to have in chess.
Learn how to use the clues of the chessboard to solve tactical puzzles you might not have seen otherwise.
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.
A "D" on your report card is bad, but in chess it stands for decoy and deflection, which are powerful tactics you need to know about.
Learn how to play your opponent's pieces like a fiddle in this exciting video lesson by FM Mike Klein.
In chess, sometimes you can win a lot of treasure if you can just get rid of that pesky guard.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to remove or even distract defenders in chess so you can swoop in and win even more material at the end.
This is one tactic you'll be glad you learned.
Do you want to play an exciting and strong opening?
Sure, we all do.
IM Danny Rensch shows you a fun and easy opening to play, The Scotch 4 Knights.
Learn how the Scotch game can help you immediately challenge the center and complete your development.
So when should you trade your pieces?
WFM Amanda Mateer continues her series with two of her favorite reasons to trade material: to remove a crucial defender, or to create a specific weakness.
You must understand these two important ways to gain an winning advantage in chess, so watch closely.
How did the ChessKid GeorgeTiger become a king of fast chess?
FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how he did it in an exciting comeback game.
Don't miss FM Klein finally give you permission to move your f-pawn in the middlegame!
When you're done watching, try your luck with an extra knight in our computer workout.
FunMasterMike's favorite piece is the knight, and he'll show you why in this video of the best knight moves of 2014.
Learn how this tricky piece hops around the board, creating all kinds of crazy cavalry tactics.
If you can find the winning move in the last game shown, you'll really impress FunMasterMike.
Have you seen the shortest game EVER played between two chess masters?
You won't believe how this master got mated in seven moves! Here's a hint: he moved his f-pawn without FunMasterMike's permission.
You need to watch this video to see what not to do in the opening.