What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks?
As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike.
Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
Do you like to draw?
In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
Hey, ChessKids, did FunMasterMike mess up and set up the board backwards?
Nope! It’s just time for another promotion lesson.
In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you what happens when one side gets a queen just before the other can promote his pawn.
Can the queen win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Isolated pawns are a very important part of chess strategy, and FM Mike Klein is here to teach you everything you need to know about these pawns without neighbors on either file.
While isolated pawns can lead to some exciting attacks in the middlegame, they are often big weaknesses later in the game, and FunMasterMike explains exactly how to destroy them.
Learn why you should usually avoid these isolated pawn structures, and the exception to this rule.
What’s the best place to break your pawns through to the end of the board? The wing, says FM Mike Klein.
it’s so valuable to get a pawn to score a touchdown, it’s worth giving some other pawns away — and often this is the key to victory.
Can you solve the tricky — and the most famous — beginners’ pawn endgame puzzle? Find out in this fun lesson.
When is a pawn a super hero?
FunMasterMike shows you three ways that pawns can be as strong as any piece on the board.
But the fun doesn't end there. FM Klein also teaches you the exact opposite, when pawns are weaklings.
Watch this video to make sure your pawns are as powerful as they can be.
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!
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.
Are you ready for a race?
FM Mike Klein gives you a fun lesson on pawn races, which are the key to many important endgames.
Learn how to know if you're winning or losing the race, and when a special trick can change the result - just like in the movie "Searching for Bobby Fischer."
What happens when two kings face off? It's opposition.
FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess.
Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote - all with this one idea, the opposition.
One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up.
Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss.
Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves?
FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about.
If you've ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.