The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
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.
FM Mike Klein is back with the second game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, this time taking on HulkingHunter in a Russian Game.
Learn how FunMasterMike pried open the center of the board to reach a great endgame very quickly.
This game is all about solid technique, so be sure to pay attention.
Don’t forget to try out the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade.
FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson.
You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
Carissa Yip is the youngest female national master in U.S. history.
Watch her debut lesson on ChessKid as she explains how she won an important game in the World Youth Championship.
Learn how a chess prodigy thinks in this informative game review.
Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves?
FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about.
If you've ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.
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!
Who knows how to sacrifice better than the legendary former World Champion Mikhail Tal? Trick question - no one does! FunMasterMike closes his series on exchange sacrifices by showing a classic example of playing Rxe6. White gets a ton of "comp" as we say - that's "compensation" not "computers!" Watch the entire finish, where Tal reduces into a king and pawn ending, just like Benzoo has been explaining!
What happens when your opponent is losing and tries to chase your king all over the board? Well, you could allow a repetition of position, which would be a draw, or your king could get brave and find a hiding spot. But it won't be easy - queens are hard to run away from, you know. Watch and see the MusicCityMaster explain a recent example at the Gashimov Memorial tournament. Be brave! March that king to victory!
In part two of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see the super-complicated Wilkes-Barre (Traxler) Gambit, you'll see a king walk across the board to help his bishop give mate, and you'll hear when FunMasterMike says it is OK to disobey your teacher! What could this all mean? It means you have to watch these three games to understand!
Watch the sublime endgame technique to finish off the beginning of MusicCityMaster's show. Then you get to see the strongest American player of the 1800s in the first U.S. Championship! Paul Morphy sacs his queen but there's mate everywhere!
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!
In his first video for ChessKid, Coach Mike from New York has a great endgame form none other than Bobby Fischer! He is up a small amount of material, but you'll get a great explanation of how grandmasters are willing to trade into a winning king and pawn endgame. The power of the outside passed pawn is the key, and Fischer sees this about 10 moves in advance! That's how you score the full point. He should be world champion. Oh wait, he was!
Go on a trade tirade with a national champ! Today Lucas allows a Greek Gift sacrifice and lives to tell the tale. It's all about defense today. Don't be greedy, grab your extra piece, simplify, and ride that gravy train into the bountiful endgame. Lucas is like a seasoned pro - watch and see him recover from an early mistake to dominate the middlegame and endgame!
Everything you ever needed to know about king and one pawn versus king! Literally, everything! You have to get down cold chesskids so you'll be able to beat those high-rated players after you snatch and pawn and trade into the endgame. Later, you'll see a famous chess "study" - the solution is always beautiful and there's a trick or two you have to avoid. Warning: one of the seldom-used rules of chess will become important, but which one?
The next edition of the hit ChessKid TV show - Your Games Analyzed - with FunMasterMike! If you missed the live airing, watch and see whose games were chosen from the forum. The first is a really instructive knight endgame, but even before that the name of the game is: outpost! The ChessKids submitted some really high quality games this time, making the selection the hardest yet!
Winning a national championship is something most ChessKids dream of. Today, we'll see how to actually make your dreams come true. First-grader ThirstyDonkey wins two early games at the Grade Nationals, using a variety of tactics and positional ideas. It's important to finish off those early rounds when you can, so you save energy since nationals are three days of chess!
The final two games from Your Games Analyzed. You'll learn about a really common mistake in developing the king's bishop in the Sicilian, and FunMasterMike ends with common themes in rook-and-pawn endings. Above all - go for activity, and don't worry as much about one or two pawns. Two active rooks more than compensates for a pawn deficit. Watch and see what he's talking about.
The MusicCityMaster shows us some of his techniques that he used to get his master rating. First, he explains how to judge a new position. Then, after repeating some great advice by a famous player, he shows how a small and simple advantage of an outpost can lead to victory. Not everything in chess is pins and forks - watch how even more basic concepts can lead to your chess improvement.