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Queen Sacrifices

Queen Sacrifices

FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2017 50124 Views 10 min
ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
Blockading

Blockading

FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2016 34450 Views 8 min
How do you stop a pawn in its tracks? Blockade it. Just like in tic-tac-toe. FM Mike Klein shows you the best ways to stop your opponents’ pawns from advancing down the board.
The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

FM FunMasterMike Aug 3, 2016 58899 Views 7 min
One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive. FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 48624 Views 10 min
Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
More Doubled Pawns

More Doubled Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Mar 12, 2016 34028 Views 7 min
Doubled pawns are usually big weaknesses — and FM Mike Klein tells you why. Learn all about the problems caused by doubled pawns and the rare times they can be OK for you.
More On Isolated Pawns

More On Isolated Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 39545 Views 8 min
Isolated pawns are a very important part of chess strategy, and FM Mike Klein is here to teach you everything you need to know about these pawns without neighbors on either file. While isolated pawns can lead to some exciting attacks in the middlegame, they are often big weaknesses later in the game, and FunMasterMike explains exactly how to destroy them. Learn why you should usually avoid these isolated pawn structures, and the exception to this rule.
King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

King Of Puzzles: vs HulkingHunter

FM FunMasterMike Dec 12, 2015 30985 Views 8 min
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.
King Activity

King Activity

FM FunMasterMike Oct 3, 2015 31460 Views 7 min
Most of the time, your king has to hide away safely. But in the endgame, the king becomes a fierce warrior on his own. FM Mike Klein shows you the awesome power of an active king late in the game.
Strong And Weak Pawns

Strong And Weak Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2015 37681 Views 7 min
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.
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 14 - Part 1

Your Games Analyzed! Show 14 - Part 1

ChessKidTV Jul 3, 2014 2958 Views 31 min
The MusicCityMaster filled in for FunMasterMike in June! Watch the musical version of Your Games Analyzed, where you'll see a master class on isolated queen pawns with a good bass beat. In general, if the pawn is allowed to advance, that spells trouble. Even attempts to win the pawn outright can lead to spectacular tactics. Watch and become an "IQP Master"!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 6

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 6

FM FunMasterMike May 13, 2014 17688 Views 8 min
The finale of FunMasterMike's series on Isolated Queen Pawns! Today we see the other side play well - blockading and eventually winning the pawn thanks to some super clever back-rank ideas. But when FunMasterMike is down, he's not out. Watch how he created confusion and made an epic comeback. Chess is not just about knowledge, it's about putting up a fight!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 5

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 5

FM FunMasterMike May 6, 2014 15009 Views 8 min
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!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 4

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 4

FM FunMasterMike Apr 29, 2014 7742 Views 7 min
FunMasterMike was once KidMasterMike - watch his game from the very first Supernationals, where he removed the blockade of his isolated queen pawn and routed Black's position. This is a great example of why you don't want an important piece like the queen in front of the IQP - when she gets attack, she has to run away, thus freeing the strong pawn to advance. See if you can guess all of the FunMaster's moves!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 3

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 3

FM FunMasterMike Apr 22, 2014 8930 Views 8 min
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!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 2

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games! - Part 2

FM FunMasterMike Apr 15, 2014 15048 Views 9 min
How many different openings can give White an isolated queen pawn? At least four, and probably a lot more, as FunMasterMike shows you. More importantly, what's the number one rule when facing the IQP? Don't know yet? Watch his quick video and you'll see a grandmaster who either forget himself, or he thought he was above the law. In chess, no one is above the law!
Keeping the Tempo: Famous Games - Part 1

Keeping the Tempo: Famous Games - Part 1

ChessKidTV Mar 27, 2014 4074 Views 24 min
Quick - who was World Champion for the longest? No, not Kasparov. Not Fischer. Certainly not Carlsen! (Watch the show for the answer.) Today you'll actually see two World Champions face off in a famous game. One of the main themes is playing against an Isolated Queen Pawn, but Coach Todd will also clue you in to a superhero power that can help you in chess. It's not flying or invisibility - watch and see what he means!
Not So Minor: Opposite Colored Bishops!

Not So Minor: Opposite Colored Bishops!

IM Rusa Goletiani 1 Jan 30, 2014 8136 Views 6 min
Welcome IM Rusa Goletiani to the ChessKid author family! Rusa is a past U.S. Women's Champion and the co-founder of the Westchester Chess Academy. Today she shows us when you'd like to have opposite-colored bishops, and what happens when you reach an endgame with them. Watch and learn how different parts of the game demand different sets of principles!
Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games!

Learning Isolated Queen Pawn Games!

FM Todd Andrews 6 Jul 16, 2013 10353 Views 9 min
As you improve at chess, it becomes more and more important to pay attention to the different "pawn structures" that occur in your games. One very famous structure is the "isolated queen pawn position." Today Coach Todd shows a classic example from a world championship match of how to fight against an isolated queen pawn.
What To Do 9: Creating Weaknesses - QUIZ!

What To Do 9: Creating Weaknesses - QUIZ!

IM David Pruess 1 Dec 19, 2011 4478 Views 10 min
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.
What to Do 8: Creating Weaknesses!

What to Do 8: Creating Weaknesses!

IM David Pruess 1 Dec 16, 2011 13711 Views 10 min
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...