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.
Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames?
FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces.
Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right?
Except when you don’t.
FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
Do you like to draw?
In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
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.
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.
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames.
FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson.
Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!
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.
One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up.
Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss.
Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
FM Mike Klein shows you his favorite king-and-pawn endgame of all time in the final video of the series.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this definitely applies to the endgame at hand.
Learn the shocking moves necessary to win this tricky four-pawn vs four-pawn endgame.
Uh-oh! FunMasterMike is reaching in his bag of tricks again! He takes the exact same ending from Part 1 and moves it down one rank, completely changing the answer in the process. How is it possible that the same formation can be so complicated? Watch this instructive explanation and you'll have a newfound appreciation for the proper way to calculate in the endgame!
The finale of FunMasterMike's series on Isolated Queen Pawns! Today we see the other side play well - blockading and eventually winning the pawn thanks to some super clever back-rank ideas. But when FunMasterMike is down, he's not out. Watch how he created confusion and made an epic comeback. Chess is not just about knowledge, it's about putting up a fight!
Six-year-olds sometimes can barely tie their shoelaces. Can a first grader possess grandmaster endgame knowledge? The ThirstyDonkey is proof that it is possible! Watch and see two fantastic endgame wins from the K-12 Nationals. This little guy has an amazing will to win, even when he gets behind in material. Today it's all about active pieces and protected passed pawns!
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."