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.
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.
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.
FM Mike Klein reviews one of the best games from the recent Castle Chess camp to demonstrate an important lesson: don't force your opponents' pieces where they want to go anyway.
Watch how a 1300-rated player beat a much-higher rated opponent who did not follow FunMasterMike's advice at all.
Checkmate is the goal, but how do you create one in a game?
FM Mike Klein gives you the recipe for an easy checkmate using an important concept: the helper.
Learn how to use your pieces to help one another to trap and destroy the enemy king.
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!
Want to win in 13 moves against an Expert as Black? Impossible you say? Not here on ChessKid! GM Benzoo develops quickly and, more importantly, has all of his pieces work toward a common goal. As you can guess, it was all too much for White. They call this opening the Giuoco Piano - "The Quiet Game" - but there was nothing quiet about how our grandmaster attacked!
Did you miss it? Your Games Analyzed was away for a month while FunMasterMike was on assignment. But that means he had a whole month of games to pick from! The result? A crazy game with pawns promoting in the middlegame; it also ended with smothered mate. Then we had a rare windmill attack (the subject of the most recent PandoPuzzler), and to cap it off, the Tactic of the Week! That's a whole month of amazement in one show, and this is just part 1!
Coach Amori is back, teaching you the ins and outs (or is it do's and dont's?) of trading. Fair trades are sometimes the name of the game, but sometimes you should look for more. You'll also learn about the Italian game (yum!), guardian f7, and pawn breaks. That's a full lesson - we hope you brought two sharpened pencils!
Watch the sublime endgame technique to finish off the beginning of MusicCityMaster's show. Then you get to see the strongest American player of the 1800s in the first U.S. Championship! Paul Morphy sacs his queen but there's mate everywhere!
In part 2, FunMasterMike analyzes a game played against him on ChessKid (remember you can play the Masters on Friday nights!). The student plays well, but the Master slowly dominates the center of the board with two wicked pawns. The second game is a brilliant attack that begins from an opposite-side castling position. Watch and review these important techniques!
The part 2 of his February 6 show, the MusicCityMaster shows two unstoppable attacks on castled kings. What do they both have in common? Every attacking unit is helping. Look at what teamwork can do for you! Watch and see these well-chosen examples, and you'll also learn something about the King's Indian Defense - one of the most exciting openings out there. All aboard!
Three games in 13 minutes in under 13 moves? Check! And Mate! GM Benzoo demolishes a trio of opponents using various tactics and opening traps. Sometimes the queen is trapped, sometimes the queen is the winning piece. Buckle up for an excited video with just about every tactics imaginable. At the end, a fireworks show!
Our grandmaster coach shows off a great game by a 1700-rated superstar. Both sides develop normally, but White plays without a plan and Black storms his king with several strong pawn advances! This is a great example of what happens when one side plays actively and one side aimlessly. By move 25, Black already has two queens. Don't let this happen to you - make sure you watch to learn how to make a plan in the middlegame.
Coach JohnnyB shows the three ways to get what you want in chess: exchanging, sacrificing, or destroying a pawn wall. Any of these methods can be used to get to your opponent's king, but you need to know all three for the right moments. Your checkmates will come quickly and easily if you pay attention to his advice!
Balaji Dagupatti won the recent Under-8 Section of the Chesskid Invitational with sparkling tactics, including several from this game. Coach Eugene shows us how he played against the Siclian nearly perfectly, and pounced when black broke the important rule of bringing his queen out too early. Balaji didn't even need his queen for the early checkmate - the bishop and knight did just fine!