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Common Rook Endings

Common Rook Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 14, 2018 36168 Views 8 min
Rooks are like cockroaches -- they'll survive under any conditions! But where do they like to crawl in the endgame? Watch and see how to win or draw the four most common rook endings!
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.
Building A Fortress

Building A Fortress

FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 69237 Views 11 min
You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
Tempo

Tempo

FM FunMasterMike Jun 8, 2016 44491 Views 9 min
How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question. You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo. FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
Force The Draw

Force The Draw

FM FunMasterMike May 18, 2016 42097 Views 8 min
Do you like to draw? In chess, sometimes a draw is a very good result for a worse position. FM Mike Klein teaches you how to force a draw in this must-see lesson if you’re serious about competing for every last half-point in chess.
Ways To Draw

Ways To Draw

FM FunMasterMike Apr 9, 2016 45288 Views 9 min
There is more than one way to draw in a chess game. FM Mike Klein shows you five ways you can tie in chess, including some you might not have known.
Strong And Weak Pawns

Strong And Weak Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2015 37641 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.
Trading To Win

Trading To Win

FM FunMasterMike Jul 22, 2015 26602 Views 11 min
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade. FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson. You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
King To King Opposition

King To King Opposition

FM FunMasterMike Jul 1, 2015 34681 Views 9 min
What happens when two kings face off? It's opposition. FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess. Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote - all with this one idea, the opposition.
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 1

Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 1

FM FunMasterMike Aug 12, 2014 15334 Views 6 min
Watch out for those tricky king and pawn endgames! In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you how slight changes to the position in these endgames can mean huge differences in the correct way to win. Learn how to convert a king and pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike's help.
Zugzwang: FunMasterMike's Games

Zugzwang: FunMasterMike's Games

FM FunMasterMike Jun 3, 2014 12536 Views 8 min
Is it possible to have a chessboard full of pieces but not have any good moves? It sure is, and FunMasterMike shows you two examples from his games. These "zugzwang" positions are extremely powerful, and they also prove to your teacher that you are focusing on your opponent's moves as much as your own. Or should we say, your opponent's lack of moves!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3

More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3

GM Ben Finegold 1 Apr 26, 2014 8856 Views 5 min
When would you prefer it to be your opponent's move? No, not when you're lining up to do chores - there's a chess reason why you'd want the other guy to go first. Watch this very special situation unfold, while GM Benzoo explains the shenanigans. Don't be in OPPOSITION to this video - it may just save you a half-point!
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!
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 7 - Part 1

Your Games Analyzed! Show 7 - Part 1

ChessKidTV Feb 13, 2014 3706 Views 28 min
In this edition of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see a chesskid willingly go into a king and pawn endgame in which he is probably losing. Never do this! The worst kind of losing ending is one without pieces. Instead the rook ending would have been OK. But the mistake puts him in good company. Would you believe that former World Champion Garry Kasparov's final game was the same mistake!? Watch and see both examples!
Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 1

Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 1

ChessKidTV Feb 3, 2014 3204 Views 36 min
Everything you ever needed to know about king and one pawn versus king! Literally, everything! You have to get down cold chesskids so you'll be able to beat those high-rated players after you snatch and pawn and trade into the endgame. Later, you'll see a famous chess "study" - the solution is always beautiful and there's a trick or two you have to avoid. Warning: one of the seldom-used rules of chess will become important, but which one?
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 6 - Part 1

Your Games Analyzed! Show 6 - Part 1

ChessKidTV Jan 27, 2014 3198 Views 30 min
The next edition of the hit ChessKid TV show - Your Games Analyzed - with FunMasterMike! If you missed the live airing, watch and see whose games were chosen from the forum. The first is a really instructive knight endgame, but even before that the name of the game is: outpost! The ChessKids submitted some really high quality games this time, making the selection the hardest yet!
Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 2

Keeping the Tempo: And in the End - Part 2

ChessKidTV Jan 23, 2014 2436 Views 28 min
It's Endgame Extravaganza! The MusicCityMaster continues his show with more "in the end." Rooks are stronger than pawns right? Well...don't be so sure. You also see more complicated pawn endgames - sometimes it takes 15 minutes to analyze a position with only a few pawns on the board!