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!
What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks?
As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike.
Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
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.
Vishy Anand is currently playing Magnus Carlsen for the world chess championship in Russia.
Obviously, it’s tough to win against such an amazing player. But GM Judit Polgar has done it!
Watch as GM Polgar explains how she beat one of the best players of all time in this amazing game.
One easy way to win is to use extra pieces. Do a computer workout in the related links!
Can FM Mike Klein trick you with just kings and pawns? Watch this third video of his endgame series to find out.
FM Klein once again changes the position slightly to show how small differences in placement can mean big differences in results!
Learn how to convert a king-and-pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike's help.
Uh-oh! FunMasterMike is reaching in his bag of tricks again! He takes the exact same ending from Part 1 and moves it down one rank, completely changing the answer in the process. How is it possible that the same formation can be so complicated? Watch this instructive explanation and you'll have a newfound appreciation for the proper way to calculate in the endgame!
When is a knight better than a rook? When the rook can't find any open files on the map, that's a good bet the knight is better! Watch as FunMasterMike divulges the secrets to Exchange sacrifices, and explains why you shouldn't turn off the faucet. Well, you should when you're brushing your teeth, but not when you're analyzing. Confused? Watch and all will be explained!
Center pawns are better, right? Well, yes and no! It depends on the part of the game. GM Benzoo explains why toward the end, outside passed pawns are more useful. Why would a pawn on the edge of the board be preferable? Have you ever seen the cartoon where a raw steak is thrown to a guard dog? The enemy king is distracted in exactly the same way!
What happens when your opponent is losing and tries to chase your king all over the board? Well, you could allow a repetition of position, which would be a draw, or your king could get brave and find a hiding spot. But it won't be easy - queens are hard to run away from, you know. Watch and see the MusicCityMaster explain a recent example at the Gashimov Memorial tournament. Be brave! March that king to victory!
Don't run from this one! In the second part of Coach Todd's video, there are two more examples of kings running all over tarnation. In the first, a trio of pieces are after him like bees on honey. In the second, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has his king touch both edges of the board! Wow, this is a must-see!
King and one pawn against king. Pretty easy, right? Well, it is if you watch the grandmaster do it! GM Benzoo explains why controlling the queening square is the winning technique. But a WARNING: there are 1.5 exceptions! How could there be one and half exceptions? Watch and see the really tricky positions and what you need to know to solve those!
Today we go to Las vegas and hit the Jackpot! We also invert last week's lesson with FunMasterMike. This time the knight dominates the bishop! Watch how silly a bishop feels when all of his pawns are on the same color as him. You'll also see some common endgame ideas like triangulation and decoy. It takes a lot of knowledge to be World Champion, which is exactly what the White player became in this very tournament!