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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
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!
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!