What happens when a piece runs low on squares? It's time to put him in the coffin! Often, these "traps" happen on the edge of the board, but not always. Watch and see many examples of queens and other pieces getting squeezed!
FM Mike Klein takes on the third and final King Of Puzzles champion in this video. GameTheory plays some great ideas, but FunMasterMike shows some places he could improve in the classic French Defense.
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.
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.
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.
Queens aren't the only pieces that can block in their teammates. Bishops can be the ones swallowing flies, too, as IM Daniel Rensch explains with an old song.
You don't want to treat your bishop like an oversized pawn, do you?
Watch this video to find out where not to put your piece.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
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.
The rook is trapped. No it's not. Yes it is. No it's not. Somebody decide! The MusicCityMaster shows a student game and tries to figure out if the b-pawn is poisoned or not. It's good to be careful, but sometimes you have to get in there and do the calculations to be sure of a correct answer. Try to find all the variations before they're shown. We bet you can. No you can't. Yes you can!
One of the shortest games we've ever featured in a ChessKid video! Today Highlama shows you how to advance your pawns and kick your opponent's pieces, while stifling his back-rank army. It's a total crush, thanks mostly to White's hero on d6. The lama caps it off with a queen trap - the poor girl didn't even get a chance to move off her home square. You don't see that every day!
Is it possible that the Immortal Zugzwang is not the best example that exists? FunMasterMike thinks so! But even second place is pretty sweet. Watch and see an entire army immobilized, twice! The first example is like getting strangled by a python. The second, a boa constrictor? We're not snake experts, but we do know zugzwang!
Grandmaster Benjamin Finegold (Benzoo) brings us another exciting game from the 2013 US Junior Championship. In this game between Sarah Chiang and Sam Sevian, White finds her rook strangely out of play, and we all learn a valuable lesson about keeping our pieces in the center of the board, even in the endgame.
A 20 minute video excerpt from the beginning of today's episode of "In the PinkHamster's Wheel"! The answers to Puzzles of the Week #19 - advanced studies in the theme of "Piece Domination" - are finally revealed. Make sure to check out Puzzle of the Week #20 in the Articles section and give it your best shot!
If you've ever wrestled with a brother, sister, or friend then you already know all about "domination". Watch as chess pieces dominate and control each other, trapping and getting trapped in turn all over the board!
The PinkHamster shows the thrilling conclusion to his recent game. By being patient and continuing to slowly take away squares, the hamster's poor opponent can barely move a single piece in the final position.