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!
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.
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.
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening.
Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play.
Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
FM Mike Klein continues his chess tactics survey with a lesson on a powerful move: the discovered attack.
Learn how one piece can move out of the way, unveiling another piece just waiting to pounce.
Find out how you can use a discovered attack to win your opponent's queen on just the sixth move of the game.
FM Mike Klein reviews ChessKid contest winner CompleteTent's submitted game, and it happens to be a perfect example for a bunch of other ChessKid video lessons.
Using the snow plow, taking en passant, picking up loose pieces, and placing your knight on the wrong square - all these ideas come together in a very instructive game.
Don't forget to watch the related videos in the links below.
Do you get annoyed when your opponent copies your moves?
You don't have to! Just use these simple tricks to make your opponents wish they never even dreamed of copying you.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
What's the ultimate goal of chess? Checkmate!
Learn how to achieve mate in one of the most important openings in chess, the Sicilian Defense.
GM Benzoo shows you that sometimes, development is more important than material, especially when both sides are on the attack.
Don't forget to take our ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Anish Giri is one of the strongest players in the world, and he is on the rise fast.
But Giri was once a young ChessKid, too.
FM Mike Klein takes a look at two amazing Giri games when he was just 11.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
The 2014 world chess championship starts next month, with GM Magnus Carlsen defending his title against the challenger, GM Vishy Anand.
Ever wonder what Anand was like when he was a ChessKid?
FM Mike Klein shows you a sparkling attack by young Anand where his knights and bishops work together beautifully.
Make sure to do the bishop and knight mate computer workout in the related links when you're done watching.
Talk about some fun tactics! FM Alisa Melekhina is back to show ChessKids how powerful your army can be if you place pieces in the center of the board. She's got forks, pins and discovered attacks coming from every direction. It's like a real-life version of the ChessKid puzzles! So watch this video a few times, then go practice your puzzles, and you'll be recording videos for us in no time!
In part 2, a ChessKid who played FunMasterMike in the Friday night "Play the Masters" program gets his game analyzed! He showed some creative tactics against the master, and he nearly held the draw before falling in the endgame. The second game in part 2 features an attack so complicated, even FunMasterMike can't figure it out. He asks ChessKids to analyze it and message him with their analysis!
Are you a dragon or a dragon slayer? In the Sicilian Dragon, Black's dark-squared bishop is a beast - often worth much more than a rook. Watch these two examples where Black refuses to trade it off, even willing to offer the Exchange just to safeguard the heroic bishop. Once the offer is made, all that's left to do is bombard the White king and remove his shield!
Brace yourself ChessKids because FunMasterMike has delivered a big package of 1500-level material. Are you into chess enough to handle it? We hope so! He begins a series on Exchange sacrifices - rooks trading for knights or bishops. You really have to be an advanced player to know when this is the right thing to do. In this first example, we see a very common pattern - Rxc3 in the Sicilian. Watch and see how powerful this move is!
How do you beat a grandmaster? The Highlama way! Get all of your pieces into position, then capture to open up the king. It's a game of here...kitty...kitty...as White gets drawn out into the open. A double-piece sacrifice lures him out of the castle, and then Black mobilizes all of his army to find some spectacular checkmates. See if you found all of Highlama's tactics!
In part 5 of FunMasterMike's treatment of IQPs, he shows two games where the bishop redirects and focuses on the e6 pawn. Oh, and there's also that "small" part about sacrificing your queen. It happens in both games! See if you can spot the tactics. A warning - neither one is easy to find! But if you've watched the first four videos in the series, you know that good things happen with active pieces!
In part 3 of the series on this unique pawn structure, FunMasterMike shows two top-level grandmaster games where Black thought he had the IQP under control. Sadly for him, aiming at the square d5 and physically blockading the square d5 are two completely different things. Watch the difference, and see why it always makes sense to consider advancing the isolated queen pawn. Take that Black, you and your "better" pawn structure!