There are no guarantees in life, but there is in chess! FunMasterMike promises you'll win some chess games just by memorizing these common opening mistakes. Watch and learn six different tricks in 10 minutes!
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.
You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do?
GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post.
Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
Do you ever really need to get one of your own pieces out of the way, ChessKids? That's when "Clearance" might be useful! FM Mike Klein shows us how this beautiful idea worked in some really famous chess games.
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.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
National Master Carisa Yip is back with some more of her favorite chess puzzles for you to solve.
This time, the puzzles are positional studies by the chess author Jacob Aagaard. Yes, that's a lot of A's. Hopefully you can get an A on these puzzles too if you try hard.
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.
The Four Knights Opening is extremely popular, especially in youth chess.
But what should you do if your opponent keeps copying your moves in this opening?
Learn how to take advantage of some tricky positions if your opponent won't stop mirroring your moves!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
FunMasterMike's favorite piece is the knight, and he'll show you why in this video of the best knight moves of 2014.
Learn how this tricky piece hops around the board, creating all kinds of crazy cavalry tactics.
If you can find the winning move in the last game shown, you'll really impress FunMasterMike.
Can chess fireworks explode out of nowhere in what looks like a normal position?
Sometimes they can!
Akiba Rubinstein's immortal game is one of the most beautiful and spectacular attacking masterpieces in chess history.
You won't believe how this game ends, as each move seems crazier than the last!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Can you mate in two with GM Benzoo?
GM Ben Finegold gives you four challenges where you can deliver mate by getting your own pieces out of the way.
Stick around for the tricky last problem, and also take a lesson on checkmate by clicking the related links.
Magnus Carlsen will defend his world champion title later this week against Vishy Anand, but Carlsen wasn't always the best player in the world!
FM Mike Klein shows you that Carlsen was once a ChessKid, too, who loved to aggressively attack his opponent's king.
FunMasterMike analyzes two of young Carlsen's most exciting attacking games!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links so you can play like Carlsen.
What's the "visor" and the "chin rest"? Mr. A describes what tournament chess players should look like when they training and studying for tournaments. Today you'll need an actual chess set to watch his video. If you want to be a grandmaster, you have to look like one!
Today we go to Las vegas and hit the Jackpot! We also invert last week's lesson with FunMasterMike. This time the knight dominates the bishop! Watch how silly a bishop feels when all of his pawns are on the same color as him. You'll also see some common endgame ideas like triangulation and decoy. It takes a lot of knowledge to be World Champion, which is exactly what the White player became in this very tournament!
Ever play a game where the other guy forgets to castle? Make him pay! Watch how FunMasterMike opens the center, allows his rook to be trapped, but wins anyway! You'll see the common tactic "remove the guard" several times, but you'll also see the much less frequent idea line "clearance". This is a fun one - kids that love to attack will be jumping out of their seats finding these checkmates!