It's been three weeks but FunMasterMike is back! Did you miss him? He chose five of the best games played on ChessKid to show you how to become a master. In this first part, he will focus on the concepts to rare queen and pawn endings. Then you'll see the move of the week. One of the ChessKids out there really understands how to play opposite colored bishop positions!
Welcome IM Rusa Goletiani to the ChessKid author family! Rusa is a past U.S. Women's Champion and the co-founder of the Westchester Chess Academy. Today she shows us when you'd like to have opposite-colored bishops, and what happens when you reach an endgame with them. Watch and learn how different parts of the game demand different sets of principles!
When the PinkHamster finds himself on the ropes after just 14 moves, he decides that simply defending his position won't work and sacrifices an exchange to launch a counter attack. Make sure to see this game, which the PinkHamster claims was his favorite from the whole tournament!
The Hippo is back with his buddy the Tortoise to battle against the generous, pawn-gifting Danny, who loves to feed greedy animals and then checkmate them afterward. Don't miss this game (it's the PinkHamster's favorite!!).
We're back with another one of Playful Squirrel's challenging Quizzes! Once again, it's time to pause the video and think really hard, because each quiz question will stretch your brain! Make sure you watch "What To Do 8" (see Related Links, below) before this video.
Last time we learned how to "Attack Weaknesses." But what do you do if there are no weaknesses to attack? Why you create them, of course! The PlayfulSquirrel darts and maneuvers about, creating weak pawns and color complexes, opening the enemy king, making enemy pieces bad, and...well, you'll see soon enough...
We continue with the match between Labourdonnais and McDonnell. What, another one?? Hey, hey, no complaining. If you think this video series is long, just remember that the actual match was 85 games long! In this game, the two champions walk down a well trodden path, following the opening from last time, until Labourdonnais suddenly uncorks his new idea...a positional rook sacrifice! Will the sacrifice be sound, or will the rook only be the first to fall before McDonnell's awesome might?
Have you watched What to Do 6? Did you understand it? Are you just dying to prove your knowledge, by taking a...QUIZ?!? Great, because that's exactly what is on the agenda for today. But prepare yourself to pause your videos and think hard, because Professor Squirrel's quizzes are pretty tricky.
Next on our list of things you can do in your games is locating a weakness and then attacking it! Not sure what a weakness is? Check the "Language of Chess: Weakness" in the Related Links, and then follow the Squirrel as he identifies and systematically attacks those weaknesses!