Should you take a risk in chess?
Sometimes it’s more than worth it.
FM Mike Klein shows you aggressive moves you can make to give up some material for a quicker attack or control of some crucial space on the chessboard.
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.
Want to be able to win a chess game in a few moves? More important, do you want to avoid losing quickly?
This is the lesson for you. FM Mike Klein shows you some quick traps and mates to look for in your games.
FM Mike Klein plays his final game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, closing out the series with a tilt against “MasterEthan.”
See how Ethan does against FunMasterMike in a Scotch game, an enjoyable opening to play for both sides.
Watch how FM Mike almost lost the game before he thought better.
Don’t forget to try your hand at the ChessKid puzzles in the related links.
What was the prize for winning the ChessKid puzzles contest?
You got to play a game with the legend himself, FM Mike Klein.
Watch as FunMasterMike takes on Will, the first puzzles winner, and learn how important is to look an extra move ahead.
Be sure to try the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
GM Simon Williams is back with more fun lessons on the damage you can do in chess when you just point your pieces at the same square.
Learn how the queen and knight work together to form a unique and dangerous combo.
These two pieces team up to control a huge swath of key squares and can demolish the enemy king.
Checking is the most forcing move you can make in chess - but when should you do it?
FM Mike Klein teaches you the right time to check, and just as important, when not to do it.
Learn how to use this powerful move correctly and your rating will go up quickly.
Last time, ChessKid coach David Petty introduced you to scholar's mate, and showed you how to stop it when White plays his bishop out first.
But what do you do when White aggressively moves his queen on move two?
Never worry. Coach Petty has the answer you need to stop this crude threat.
Learn all about how to defend against these common checkmating attempts.
It's the oldest chess trick in the book - but that doesn't mean you don't have to know how to stop it!
ChessKid coach David Petty shows you the scholar's mate, which is by far the most common mating attack in the chess beginner's arsenal.
Learn how to defend against this rudimentary threat, and explore the related themes of weak squares on f7 and f2.
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.
Do you want to know how to attack against one of Black's most popular openings, the Sicilian Najdorf?
NM Carissa Yip shows you how in this educational video.
Learn how to tear down Black's best defenses and destroy his position in this extremely common opening.
FM Mike Klein continues his lesson on the fundamental chess tactics with an exciting video on skewers - the reverse of pins.
Learn how to spot skewers and use them to win tons of material.
If you've ever seen the movie "Searching For Bobby Fischer," you've watched a powerful skewer in action. Enjoy the show as FM Klein explains the tactics from the movie's climax.
Are you ready for some forks?
FM Mike Klein shows you this exciting chess move that allows you to attack two pieces at the same time.
If you can master this important idea, you can turn your knights into nightmares - for your opponent.
What's the most common tactical mistake in beginner chess? Hanging pieces, of course.
FM Mike Klein explains what it means for a piece to be hanging, and how to avoid losing your own pieces.
Don't forget to try the ChessKid puzzles trainer in the related links.