FM Mike Klein takes on the third and final King Of Puzzles champion in this video. GameTheory plays some great ideas, but FunMasterMike shows some places he could improve in the classic French Defense.
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening.
Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play.
Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
Do you want to play an exciting and strong opening?
Sure, we all do.
IM Danny Rensch shows you a fun and easy opening to play, The Scotch 4 Knights.
Learn how the Scotch game can help you immediately challenge the center and complete your development.
IM Daniel Rensch teaches you one of the most fun beginner and intermediate openings, the Italian.
Learn the tips and tricks you need to win on both sides of this classic opening.
Watch to the end to find out how IM Rensch recommends you play against the smelly Fried Liver Attack.
Talk about some fun tactics! FM Alisa Melekhina is back to show ChessKids how powerful your army can be if you place pieces in the center of the board. She's got forks, pins and discovered attacks coming from every direction. It's like a real-life version of the ChessKid puzzles! So watch this video a few times, then go practice your puzzles, and you'll be recording videos for us in no time!
The strongest snow plow in the world isn't shoveling snow - its being used by a world champion to crush his opponent! Watch GM Vladimir Kramnik slowly get his two center pawns all the way to the 7th rank together. That takes talent and teamwork! Watch and learn how you can make sure your snow plow doesn't get stuck or run out of gas!
It's snowing again! Hard to believe in summer, we know. Let's break out the snow plow again - today FunMasterMike shows you how to create one from e4/e5 openings. The power of the two-pawn tandem is in full force when the black knights are forced to scatter. What an absolute crusher as White steamrolls, or rather plows over the black king!
Summer time is perfect for playing in the snow?! Well, it is the perfect time to learn about the chess version of snow plows! Watch and see FunMasterMike's term for a popular concept that is important from beginner to master. You'll also see what mistake many kids have made against him. Learn it now so you can avoid it when you play him live on Friday nights on ChessKid.com!
Making her ChessKid debut today is FM Alisa Melekhina. What's that "FM" thingy in front of her name? Is she another FunMaster? We sure think so. Today she wants to show you the importance of controlling the center. Assisting her is World Champion Alexander Alekhine. He's first in the alphabet and should be number one on your study list. Watch him play in the middle and slice through Black's weakened king!
What time is it? It sounds like Bluegrass o'clock on Coach Todd's latest episode of Keeping the Tempo! Watch him destroy the tranquility of Black's shelter by sacrificing his bishop on several different squares. Then he shows off a tight battle where White slowly fends off some pressure and overtake the space advantage and the d6-square. An outpost that deep in enemy territory usually silences the critics, but not the banjos!
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!
Trick or treat? We chose treat! On this Halloween, we bring you the ever-creative MusicCityMaster's spooky music-chess mashup. Or should we say, his "Monster Mashup!" Watch and see the Frankenstein-Dracula version of the Vienna. He's not making this up - that's the real name of the opening. Which monster would you rather be? A man-made seven-foot tall monster or a fanged vampire in a long black coat? Or maybe you're dressing as a grandmaster for Halloween!
WFM Amanda Mateer is not usually a tense person, but today she is! She shows us what "tension" means in chess, and it is different than in real life. You can be relaxed and still have tension! The term comes from two pieces aiming at each other, and Amanda shows us what to do when you have this happen in your games!
Trivia - Who was World Champion when you were born? Well, if you are between the age of six and 13, it was Vladimir Kramnik. Today we look at a game from when he was only 11 years old, but had the understanding of a wise old man. He gets a worse position out of the opening, but offers up his queen to the chess Gods, and produces a blistering attack with four pawns!
Two grandmasters that don't know for sure who is winning a king and pawn endgame? Believe it Chesskids! Sometimes, even the best chess players make mistakes at the very end. GM Benzoo shows us a wild endgame with many passed pawns and promotions, where he could win, lose or draw at any moment. He's studied the game for hours, and he's still not 100 percent sure of the proper result. Let's help him by watching!
Benzoo is back and shows us the three ways pawns can friends, and he is not talking about Facebook! They can help each other out by being connected, separated, or outside, but they have to know exactly how to treat each other. Watch and learn all about how the little guys can win you a game, and why the endgame can be the exact opposite of the opening!