By now ChessKids, your opponents certainly know enough to castle and make their king safe! How can you mate them once they do that? Well, FM Mike Klein has some helpful hints that are sure to point you in the right direction.
We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame?
GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
GM Simon Williams is back with more fun lessons on the damage you can do in chess when you just point your pieces at the same square.
Learn how the queen and knight work together to form a unique and dangerous combo.
These two pieces team up to control a huge swath of key squares and can demolish the enemy king.
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.
How do you break through to win in a chess game? Use a battering ram.
GM Simon Williams makes his ChessKid video debut with a fun lesson on this important chess weapon.
Learn how to burst through to the opponent's castled king and deliver checkmate with Simon's battering ram.
For the next installment of SkungFrog's series, he shows you an opening mistake in the Caro-Kann. White gets a big lead in development, and Black doesn't see the warning signs (but you will!). After castling queenside, two beautiful checkmates occur. See if you can find them before SkungFrog shows you!
Are you a dragon or a dragon slayer? In the Sicilian Dragon, Black's dark-squared bishop is a beast - often worth much more than a rook. Watch these two examples where Black refuses to trade it off, even willing to offer the Exchange just to safeguard the heroic bishop. Once the offer is made, all that's left to do is bombard the White king and remove his shield!
Brace yourself ChessKids because FunMasterMike has delivered a big package of 1500-level material. Are you into chess enough to handle it? We hope so! He begins a series on Exchange sacrifices - rooks trading for knights or bishops. You really have to be an advanced player to know when this is the right thing to do. In this first example, we see a very common pattern - Rxc3 in the Sicilian. Watch and see how powerful this move is!
The MusicCityMaster leads off with The Beatles, then continues with something just as classic: Kasparov-Topalov 1999. This double-rook sacrifice by the World Champion is probably his greatest single game ever played. The Black king reaches the first rank, but even then it takes all of Kasparov's tactical skills to finish off the game. Watch, admire, and enjoy!
Today American number one GM Hikaru Nakamura is in the spotlight. Two of his most historic games are featured by FunMasterMike. First, a record-setting game, in which he beats a grandmaster at only 10 years old. Then you'll see a barrage of tactics in a game he won to help him win a world championship. Nakamura sure could steer his pieces even before he could drive!
This game is filled with many instructive mistakes, but most important is the question of how to prioritize things you want to do: to capture pieces or go after checkmate?? The answer to this question isn't always the same (it depends on the position), but this video will help you make the right decision in your games!
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.
When the PinkHamster finds himself on the ropes after just 14 moves, he decides that simply defending his position won't work and sacrifices an exchange to launch a counter attack. Make sure to see this game, which the PinkHamster claims was his favorite from the whole tournament!
StrongHeart brings us a sharp Sicilian struggle played between two of the best players in the world: current world champion Vishy Anand and Alexei Shirov. Enjoy this sharp battle in the Najdorf Sicilian!
StrongHeart starts her new series on "Tasting the Sicilian." In this series Amanda will show games played in the Sicilian Defense, which is black's most popular response to 1. e4. Learn some common patterns, plans, and ideas in the Sicilian!