ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right?
Except when you don’t.
FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
National Master Carisa Yip is back with some more of her favorite chess puzzles for you to solve.
This time, the puzzles are positional studies by the chess author Jacob Aagaard. Yes, that's a lot of A's. Hopefully you can get an A on these puzzles too if you try hard.
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!
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.
Have you ever seen bugs attracted to a light outside in the summer?
If you have, you can understand attraction on the chessboard.
FM Mike Klein explains this powerful idea, and how you can use attraction to make some crazy tactics you might not even believe.
Make sure you watch to the end to see one of the hardest problems FunMasterMike has ever assigned.
The Four Knights Opening is extremely popular, especially in youth chess.
But what should you do if your opponent keeps copying your moves in this opening?
Learn how to take advantage of some tricky positions if your opponent won't stop mirroring your moves!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
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.
In parts 1-3 you saw how to advance your Snow Plow, now FunMasterMike is going to show you how to blockade it! Sure, the Four Pawns Attack looks scary, but every pawn move makes a bigger piece sad. Watch how Black develops and destroys the center, then hunts down White's king and weak back rank. As always, our tactical ChessKid geniuses will love the fun that results!
Sometimes castling actually brings your king into danger, rather than taking him to safety. What's the biggest warning sign? If you've opened up a file, make sure that castling doesn't tempt your opponent's rooks to come after you. Today Skunkfrog shows you a perfect example of this, complete with a checkmate in 5. Learn his idea, and also stay until the end to find his long mating pattern!