When is a pawn a super hero?
FunMasterMike shows you three ways that pawns can be as strong as any piece on the board.
But the fun doesn't end there. FM Klein also teaches you the exact opposite, when pawns are weaklings.
Watch this video to make sure your pawns are as powerful as they can be.
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.
Sometimes castling actually brings your king into danger, rather than taking him to safety. What's the biggest warning sign? If you've opened up a file, make sure that castling doesn't tempt your opponent's rooks to come after you. Today Skunkfrog shows you a perfect example of this, complete with a checkmate in 5. Learn his idea, and also stay until the end to find his long mating pattern!
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!
FunMasterMke wins another state championship, this time by accepting a gambit and using that very pawn later on for a promotion! You'll see the benefits of preparation and opening knowledge, as well as some cool tactical ideas. This is kind of a weird one - tons of pawns are moving before the minor pieces come out, but hey, nobody said chess was normal!
The MusicCityMaster is back with games from the Nashville City Championships. All of his musical selections have the word "city" in the title - how clever! Many of the positions focus on using pins to create doubled pawns that weaken the opponent's king. This is one of the most frequent patterns kids use to win games! Watch and see the idea in action. You'll also learn what is a "Foghat"?!
We're back with another one of Playful Squirrel's challenging Quizzes! Once again, it's time to pause the video and think really hard, because each quiz question will stretch your brain! Make sure you watch "What To Do 8" (see Related Links, below) before this video.
Last time we learned how to "Attack Weaknesses." But what do you do if there are no weaknesses to attack? Why you create them, of course! The PlayfulSquirrel darts and maneuvers about, creating weak pawns and color complexes, opening the enemy king, making enemy pieces bad, and...well, you'll see soon enough...
Today we learn the basics of positional chess! What is positional chess? Well, you will have to watch to find out - but let's just say that it all begins with the "little guys"... Doubled Pawns are first on the docket. Enjoy!