What makes a bishop "bad"? It's all about how he gets along with his pawns. If they don't play nice together, then a bishop can be doomed! Watch and learn how to spot a bad bishop and how to take advantage when your opponent has one!
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.
NM Carissa Yip turned in a good performance at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis this spring, and now she is back on ChessKid with another game review from the historic event. Learn what one of the most talented young players in the country was thinking in a critical chess position.
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.
NM Carissa Yip made a big impact at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis last month, and now she reviews one of her best games of the tournament for ChessKid.
Learn from the master herself in this educational French Defense game.
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.
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade.
FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson.
You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
What happens when two kings face off? It's opposition.
FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess.
Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote - all with this one idea, the opposition.
One of the most important reasons to trade pieces is to defend yourself.
In chess, you can't win without protecting your own army, and sometimes trading pieces is the best way to do that.
WFM Amanda Mateer gives you a must-watch lesson on trading pieces in self-defense.
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.
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.
It's one of the most important questions in chess: when do you trade pieces?
Coach Amanda lets you know when it's a good idea to exchange your pieces, and when it's not.
In this video, learn how to trade pieces to simplify the position and press your advantage.
Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.
Anish Giri is one of the strongest players in the world, and he is on the rise fast.
But Giri was once a young ChessKid, too.
FM Mike Klein takes a look at two amazing Giri games when he was just 11.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Resume your visit to the chess zoo in part two of this replay of FM Todd Andrews' August 21 Keeping the Tempo broadcast. FM Andrews finishes up his analysis of an exciting Bobby Fischer Orangutan opening game, and shows how Fischer used it to mop up the competition in the 1960s.
FM Andrews wraps up the show with a beautiful Wilhelm Steinitz game in the Bird Opening for the last stop on the zoo tour.
Who knows how to sacrifice better than the legendary former World Champion Mikhail Tal? Trick question - no one does! FunMasterMike closes his series on exchange sacrifices by showing a classic example of playing Rxe6. White gets a ton of "comp" as we say - that's "compensation" not "computers!" Watch the entire finish, where Tal reduces into a king and pawn ending, just like Benzoo has been explaining!