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!
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.
The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
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.
When is a chess player like a calculator? Well, hopefully, all the time.
FM Mike Klein explains how to calculate in your games, which is the most important skill to have in chess.
Learn how to use the clues of the chessboard to solve tactical puzzles you might not have seen otherwise.
A "D" on your report card is bad, but in chess it stands for decoy and deflection, which are powerful tactics you need to know about.
Learn how to play your opponent's pieces like a fiddle in this exciting video lesson by FM Mike Klein.
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.
In chess, sometimes you can win a lot of treasure if you can just get rid of that pesky guard.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to remove or even distract defenders in chess so you can swoop in and win even more material at the end.
This is one tactic you'll be glad you learned.
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 you name one of the most common yet devastating tactics in chess?
We won't be coy. It's the decoy.
Decoys lure an opposing piece to a bad square that allows you to play a winning tactic.
Learn all about decoys with GM Eugene Perelshteyn, and see if you can solve his decoy puzzles in the video.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links!
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.
FM Mike Klein shows you another f-pawn disaster, this time from one of his own games when he was a ChessKid.
What do you do if your opponent moves his f-pawn on the very first move? FM FunMasterMike has an aggressive gambit you can use to develop quickly.
You'll also learn when it's better to attack on the flank than the center.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on opening principles in 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.
How do you punish an opponent who waits too long to castle?
By opening the e-file and pouncing with his rook, queen and both bishops, coach skunkfrog never gives Black a chance to cover up his king.
Stick around till the end of the video to solve a tricky mate-in-six!
How about some Fourth of July fireworks? Today former World Champion Boris Spassky beats a top-five player in about 20 moves! GM Benzoo proves that lack of development, center control and king safety leads to doom, no matter who you are. Black offers a few pieces to marshal his brave pawn down the board, and White's pieces are left watching as it reaches the other side of the battlefield!
Want to win as Black in fewer than 20 moves?! Of course you do! GM Benzoo starts a new series and shows you how. Pro tip: play like Morphy! Benzoo's favorite player (the first World Champion) loves getting all of his pieces out. Here he accepts the Evans Gambit, but he's the one who gets to do the attacking. Morphy caps off the game with a crazy checkmate that you've probably never seen before. Watch this stunning idea!