We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame?
GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
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.
How do you break through to win in a chess game? Use a battering ram.
GM Simon Williams makes his ChessKid video debut with a fun lesson on this important chess weapon.
Learn how to burst through to the opponent's castled king and deliver checkmate with Simon's battering ram.
FM Todd Andrews is back with another edition of Keeping the Tempo, and this time he tells you exactly where you should attack in a chess game.
To demonstrate this important concept, FM Andrews chooses two informative games and a few relevant songs to complement the lesson.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links!
How do you deal with one of the sneakiest opening traps White can play?
Coach Mousetrap shows you how to handle it no matter what White does.
Learn how sometimes the best way to answer a fork is with a fork of your own!
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
Last time we saw the first Unofficial World Champion, Paul Morphy, dish out some damage as black in the King's Gambit. This week, we see the first Official World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, playing his very own bizarre version of the King's Gambit, the Steinitz Gambit. The king is a fighting piece!
StrongHeart brings us a sharp Sicilian struggle played between two of the best players in the world: current world champion Vishy Anand and Alexei Shirov. Enjoy this sharp battle in the Najdorf Sicilian!
The PinkHamster brings us the exciting second half of Meitner's crazy attack on Hammpe's poor king. Find out what Meitner's "crazy move" was (did you do your homework and try to find it yourself?), and see how Meitner continues to use forcing moves to keep the initiative and drive the white king further and further into black's territory.
To become a strong chess player you always need to be aware of all possible "checks" in any given position. Join StrongHeart as she helps us to find every single check. We'll also figure out which checks are "good checks," and which ones bad, of course. And who knows, maybe we'll even find a checkmate!
Paul Morphy grew up to be the unofficial World Champion of Chess when he was an adult...but when he was a 13 year old ChessKid, he was already giving his uncle a whole rook as a handicap, and winning too! Watch how the legendary Paul Morphy executes a delicious Liver Frying, and learn about "exposing the king."
The original "Dynamic Duo" are at it again (and no, we aren't talking about Batman and Robin). The Queen and Knight serve up a tasty dish of Discovered-Double-Check Mating Nets to the enemy King today. Starting with one of the most infamous positions in the history of chess!