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Pawnless Endings

Pawnless Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 29, 2018 55342 Views 10 min
No pawns does not mean no brains! Watch and learn some key endgames without promotions: R vs N, R vs B, R+B vs R, Q vs B, Q vs N, and Q vs R! Whew, that's a lot of stuff to learn!
Common Rook Endings

Common Rook Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 14, 2018 41109 Views 8 min
Rooks are like cockroaches -- they'll survive under any conditions! But where do they like to crawl in the endgame? Watch and see how to win or draw the four most common rook endings!
Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

FM FunMasterMike Nov 2, 2016 51332 Views 9 min
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!
Queen vs Two Rooks

Queen vs Two Rooks

FM FunMasterMike Sep 7, 2016 55262 Views 9 min
What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks? As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike. Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
Building A Fortress

Building A Fortress

FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 70333 Views 11 min
You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 29046 Views 8 min
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.
More On Isolated Pawns

More On Isolated Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 41151 Views 8 min
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.
King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

FM FunMasterMike Dec 12, 2015 31669 Views 8 min
FM Mike Klein is back with the second game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, this time taking on HulkingHunter in a Russian Game. Learn how FunMasterMike pried open the center of the board to reach a great endgame very quickly. This game is all about solid technique, so be sure to pay attention. Don’t forget to try out the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
Tactics: Zugzwang!

Tactics: Zugzwang!

FM FunMasterMike Sep 12, 2015 46474 Views 8 min
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames. FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson. Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!
Open Files

Open Files

FM FunMasterMike Sep 5, 2015 29132 Views 9 min
Hope you like rooks, because this video is all about them. What do rooks hate more than anything else? Pawns! They block in the powerful pieces, and sometimes the rooks will eat pawns just like Pac-Man. Find out where to put your rooks to make them the happiest in this fun lesson by FM Mike Klein.
King And Rook Mate!

King And Rook Mate!

FM FunMasterMike Jun 3, 2015 36095 Views 7 min
Checkmating with a king and rook against a lone king is one of those basic checkmates every chess player must know by heart. FM Mike Klein explains exactly how to do this mate, teaching you every move you need to win the game.
CompleteTent: The Comeback King

CompleteTent: The Comeback King

FM FunMasterMike Apr 8, 2015 25808 Views 7 min
One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up. Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss. Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

FM Todd Andrews 1 Dec 20, 2014 20663 Views 6 min
When do a couple of connected passed pawns beat a rook? When they reach the sixth rank! FM MusicCityMaster shows you the critical positions you need to know in this common endgame theme. When you're done, try to play a pawn-only endgame against the computer in the related links.
Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

FM FunMasterMike Jun 10, 2014 18953 Views 7 min
When is a knight better than a rook? When the rook can't find any open files on the map, that's a good bet the knight is better! Watch as FunMasterMike divulges the secrets to Exchange sacrifices, and explains why you shouldn't turn off the faucet. Well, you should when you're brushing your teeth, but not when you're analyzing. Confused? Watch and all will be explained!
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 9 - Part 2

Your Games Analyzed! Show 9 - Part 2

ChessKidTV Mar 13, 2014 3178 Views 28 min
In part two of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see the super-complicated Wilkes-Barre (Traxler) Gambit, you'll see a king walk across the board to help his bishop give mate, and you'll hear when FunMasterMike says it is OK to disobey your teacher! What could this all mean? It means you have to watch these three games to understand!
ThirstyDonkey Knows How to Finish!

ThirstyDonkey Knows How to Finish!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 4, 2014 8775 Views 12 min
Six-year-olds sometimes can barely tie their shoelaces. Can a first grader possess grandmaster endgame knowledge? The ThirstyDonkey is proof that it is possible! Watch and see two fantastic endgame wins from the K-12 Nationals. This little guy has an amazing will to win, even when he gets behind in material. Today it's all about active pieces and protected passed pawns!
Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 1

Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 1

ChessKidTV Feb 3, 2014 3256 Views 36 min
Everything you ever needed to know about king and one pawn versus king! Literally, everything! You have to get down cold chesskids so you'll be able to beat those high-rated players after you snatch and pawn and trade into the endgame. Later, you'll see a famous chess "study" - the solution is always beautiful and there's a trick or two you have to avoid. Warning: one of the seldom-used rules of chess will become important, but which one?
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 5 - Part 2

Your Games Analyzed! Show 5 - Part 2

ChessKidTV Jan 9, 2014 2538 Views 27 min
The final two games from Your Games Analyzed. You'll learn about a really common mistake in developing the king's bishop in the Sicilian, and FunMasterMike ends with common themes in rook-and-pawn endings. Above all - go for activity, and don't worry as much about one or two pawns. Two active rooks more than compensates for a pawn deficit. Watch and see what he's talking about.
Keeping the Tempo: Break 'Em Down! - Part 2

Keeping the Tempo: Break 'Em Down! - Part 2

ChessKidTV Dec 19, 2013 3096 Views 38 min
If a giant airplane wing could be a pawn structure, then you'll see it here today. The MusicCityMaster's second part of his show has some crazy "V" formation of pawns, and you'll see how to use them to strangle your opponent. You'll also learn how to break through a "mini-V", better known as the Stonewall pawn formation. Watch and learn!
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 3 - Part 2

Your Games Analyzed! Show 3 - Part 2

ChessKidTV Nov 14, 2013 2756 Views 28 min
In the second part of FunMasterMike's show, you'll see two more games played by ChessKids. You'll also see his first-ever "Endgame of the Week" in which you'll learn basic kind and pawn, as well as rook and pawn, techniques.