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Queen Endings

Queen Endings

FM FunMasterMike Dec 5, 2018 30625 Views 9 min
How can queens dance in the ending to make a second queen? Learn all about how to try to win, or defend, in queen-and-pawn endings. Make sure you watch until the end to see a gigantic grandmaster mistake!
Queen vs Two Rooks

Queen vs Two Rooks

FM FunMasterMike Sep 7, 2016 54446 Views 9 min
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.
Blockading

Blockading

FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2016 34509 Views 8 min
How do you stop a pawn in its tracks? Blockade it. Just like in tic-tac-toe. FM Mike Klein shows you the best ways to stop your opponents’ pawns from advancing down the board.
The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

FM FunMasterMike Aug 3, 2016 58960 Views 7 min
One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive. FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
Smash Your Opponent's Castle

Smash Your Opponent's Castle

WFM Alexandra Botez 1 Jul 20, 2016 80326 Views 6 min
WFM Alexandra Botez makes her ChessKid video debut on an exciting topic in chess: how to attack the enemy king after it’s castled. Learn how to tear down the castle walls in this fun lesson, then try to use the attacking ideas in your own games.
Building A Fortress

Building A Fortress

FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 69365 Views 11 min
You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
Where To Attack!

Where To Attack!

FM FunMasterMike Apr 23, 2016 40502 Views 9 min
Attacking in chess is fun, but how do you know where on the board to do it? FM Mike Klein teaches you what to look for when deciding where to aim your next attack.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 48775 Views 10 min
Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing

Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing

FM FunMasterMike Jan 16, 2016 30527 Views 8 min
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.
Carissa's World Youth Championship: vs Colombia

Carissa's World Youth Championship: vs Colombia

FM Carissa Yip 3 Dec 26, 2015 18438 Views 5 min
NM Carissa Yip is back with a lesson from one of her games in this year’s world youth chess championship. Learn from one of the greatest young chess prodigies in America in this thorough video that shows you how NM Yip approaches all phases of the game. Think you can solve tactics like Carissa? Try the puzzles in the related links.
More Secrets Of The Battering Ram

More Secrets Of The Battering Ram

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 21, 2015 30743 Views 7 min
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.
Secrets Of The Battering Ram

Secrets Of The Battering Ram

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 14, 2015 31929 Views 7 min
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.
King To King Opposition

King To King Opposition

FM FunMasterMike Jul 1, 2015 34784 Views 9 min
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.
Learning To Count

Learning To Count

FM FunMasterMike Apr 29, 2015 31018 Views 9 min
How do you know if you should make a capture? Most of the time, all you have to do is count. FM Mike Klein explains the key chess concept of counting how many pieces attack and defend your target. Learn how to make one of the most important decisions in chess by simply adding things up.
Your Games Analyzed! - Show 20, Part 2

Your Games Analyzed! - Show 20, Part 2

ChessKidTV Dec 25, 2014 6167 Views 31 min
FM Todd Andrews reviews some educational member games in part two of this live show originally broadcast on Nov. 23. If you like attacking tactical games, you will love this video. FM Andrews walks you through a sharp and exciting battle between two ChessKids. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

FM FunMasterMike Jun 10, 2014 18716 Views 7 min
When is a knight better than a rook? When the rook can't find any open files on the map, that's a good bet the knight is better! Watch as FunMasterMike divulges the secrets to Exchange sacrifices, and explains why you shouldn't turn off the faucet. Well, you should when you're brushing your teeth, but not when you're analyzing. Confused? Watch and all will be explained!
Keeping the Tempo: Unlink the Chain - Part 2

Keeping the Tempo: Unlink the Chain - Part 2

ChessKidTV Feb 27, 2014 2462 Views 23 min
Did you get the MusicCityMaster's quiz position right? You should have! The whole first show was about breaking down the pawn chain. Watch the opening minute to see the answer. You'll also be treated to several other cool endgames and quiz positons, and a musical question about the word "chain."
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 7 - Part 1

Your Games Analyzed! Show 7 - Part 1

ChessKidTV Feb 13, 2014 3717 Views 28 min
In this edition of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see a chesskid willingly go into a king and pawn endgame in which he is probably losing. Never do this! The worst kind of losing ending is one without pieces. Instead the rook ending would have been OK. But the mistake puts him in good company. Would you believe that former World Champion Garry Kasparov's final game was the same mistake!? Watch and see both examples!
Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 2

Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 2

ChessKidTV Jan 23, 2014 2454 Views 28 min
It's Endgame Extravaganza! The MusicCityMaster continues his show with more "in the end." Rooks are stronger than pawns right? Well...don't be so sure. You also see more complicated pawn endgames - sometimes it takes 15 minutes to analyze a position with only a few pawns on the board!