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Pawnless Endings

Pawnless Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 29, 2018 48977 Views 10 min
No pawns does not mean no brains! Watch and learn some key endgames without promotions: R vs N, R vs B, R+B vs R, Q vs B, Q vs N, and Q vs R! Whew, that's a lot of stuff to learn!
The King

The King

FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 32561 Views 3 min
By now you know how the queen moves, but what about her husband, the king?! He's not as fast, but he's still super-important as FM Mike Klein explains!
Simplifying

Simplifying

FM FunMasterMike Dec 14, 2016 74199 Views 10 min
Sometimes the key to winning is just knowing how to make things easy! FM Mike Klein shows you how to do just that by giving material back to reach a winning king and pawn ending.
Winning Technique

Winning Technique

FM FunMasterMike Nov 30, 2016 54831 Views 9 min
How do you finish off a winning game? The answer is chess technique. FunMasterMike teaches you what that is and how to learn it.
Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

FM FunMasterMike Nov 2, 2016 49818 Views 9 min
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!
Queen vs Two Rooks

Queen vs Two Rooks

FM FunMasterMike Sep 7, 2016 54336 Views 9 min
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.
Blockading

Blockading

FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2016 34417 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.
Knight vs Bishop Endgames

Knight vs Bishop Endgames

FM FunMasterMike Jun 15, 2016 47554 Views 8 min
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.
King Activity

King Activity

FM FunMasterMike Oct 3, 2015 31426 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.
How Judit Polgar Beat Vishy Anand

How Judit Polgar Beat Vishy Anand

GM Judit Polgar 1 Nov 18, 2014 28990 Views 9 min
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!
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

FM FunMasterMike Aug 26, 2014 7951 Views 7 min
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.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 2

Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 2

FM FunMasterMike Aug 19, 2014 10494 Views 6 min
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!
Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

Exchange Sacrifices: Knight Dominates Rook!

FM FunMasterMike Jun 10, 2014 18680 Views 7 min
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!
King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

GM Ben Finegold 1 May 29, 2014 11807 Views 6 min
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!
Keeping the Tempo: Run Away - Part 1

Keeping the Tempo: Run Away - Part 1

ChessKidTV May 8, 2014 3457 Views 27 min
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!
Keeping the Tempo: Run Away - Part 2

Keeping the Tempo: Run Away - Part 2

ChessKidTV Apr 24, 2014 1963 Views 35 min
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!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 2

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 2

GM Ben Finegold 1 Apr 12, 2014 7566 Views 8 min
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!
Endgame Battles: Knight Beats Bishop!

Endgame Battles: Knight Beats Bishop!

FM FunMasterMike Apr 8, 2014 20854 Views 9 min
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!