WFM Alexandra Botez makes her ChessKid video debut on an exciting topic in chess: how to attack the enemy king after it’s castled.
Learn how to tear down the castle walls in this fun lesson, then try to use the attacking ideas in your own games.
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.
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.
GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack.
If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square.
You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do?
GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post.
Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
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.
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.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
Have you ever seen bugs attracted to a light outside in the summer?
If you have, you can understand attraction on the chessboard.
FM Mike Klein explains this powerful idea, and how you can use attraction to make some crazy tactics you might not even believe.
Make sure you watch to the end to see one of the hardest problems FunMasterMike has ever assigned.
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.
FM Mike Klein reviews one of the best games from the recent Castle Chess camp to demonstrate an important lesson: don't force your opponents' pieces where they want to go anyway.
Watch how a 1300-rated player beat a much-higher rated opponent who did not follow FunMasterMike's advice at all.
Are you ready for some tactical fun?
FM Mike Klein shows you the two best squares on the whole board to attack the king: f2 and f7.
Learn from FM Klein and Bobby Fischer how to use these naturally weak squares to go after your opponent - and have lots of fun at the same time.
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.
Checkmating with a king and rook against a lone king is one of those basic checkmates every chess player must know by heart.
FM Mike Klein explains exactly how to do this mate, teaching you every move you need to win the game.