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!
How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question.
You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo.
FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
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.
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening.
Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play.
Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
Vishy Anand is currently playing Magnus Carlsen for the world chess championship in Russia.
Obviously, it’s tough to win against such an amazing player. But GM Judit Polgar has done it!
Watch as GM Polgar explains how she beat one of the best players of all time in this amazing game.
One easy way to win is to use extra pieces. Do a computer workout in the related links!
The second part of Your Games Analyzed shows some tricks and traps and more rare opening systems. You'll see (and learn to pronounce) the weird word "zwischenzug" and you'll learn how to play against the Center Counter and the King's Gambit. ChessKids will also learn to look for the hardest fork to see - a queen traveling one way but attacking two pieces in the other direction. Watch and you'll surely get to use one or all of these ideas very soon!
The teacher versus the student - a classic rivalry that usually starts out well for the teacher. Eventually the students learns enough to take one from the teacher, and that's what happens here. Benzoo is bested by a former student in the final round of the Michigan Open. You've probably never seen a king, rook and bishop coordinate so well, or create so many tactics and mating nets. Watch and learn how to beat your teacher!
Trivia - Who was World Champion when you were born? Well, if you are between the age of six and 13, it was Vladimir Kramnik. Today we look at a game from when he was only 11 years old, but had the understanding of a wise old man. He gets a worse position out of the opening, but offers up his queen to the chess Gods, and produces a blistering attack with four pawns!
Despite Judit's strong attack in the middlegame, Anand defended well and the game has reaches it's final stage: the endgame! Up a pawn, Judit's position is a "technical win", but a great deal of tricky maneuvering is necessary before Judit can finally win this pawn up bishop endgame.
In second phase of Judit's game against Anand we see the game transition from the opening into a complex middlegame position. Ahead in development but down a pawn, watch and learn from Judit as she conducts a powerful attack against the world champion's uncastled king!
To prepare for their final showdown with Danny, the Hippo and the Turtle play a practice game in the Danish Gambit. The Turtle decides to try out a new defensive move, and the Hippo decides to try out some new advice from the Crocodile.
I hope you're ready to learn some new chess verbiage...and some German, too! What on earth does "Zwischenzug" mean? And more importantly, how do you even pronounce that word?? Watch this video to find out the answers to these questions, and many more with Professor Squirrel!