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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.
Tempo

Tempo

FM FunMasterMike Jun 8, 2016 44496 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.
Where To Attack!

Where To Attack!

FM FunMasterMike Apr 23, 2016 40413 Views 9 min
Attacking in chess is fun, but how do you know where on the board to do it? FM Mike Klein teaches you what to look for when deciding where to aim your next attack.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 48532 Views 10 min
Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 28137 Views 8 min
Where is the best place you can put your rook in a game of chess? Usually, it’s on the seventh (or second) rank, where the rook is a real monster, says GM Simon Williams in his latest lesson. The rook only realizes its full power in the endgame when you put it on this ideal row, where it gobbles up pawns and restricts the enemy king.
More On Isolated Pawns

More On Isolated Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 39464 Views 8 min
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.
Outposts

Outposts

FM FunMasterMike Sep 26, 2015 35437 Views 8 min
What's a good place to put your piece? An outpost. FM Mike Klein explains what outposts mean and why they are so strong. If you start looking for outposts in your games, your pieces will thank you!
Strong And Weak Pawns

Strong And Weak Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2015 37643 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.
The French Defense

The French Defense

IM Daniel Rensch Aug 12, 2015 33864 Views 9 min
The French Defense might not look special, but there is lots of fun in this opening. Join IM Daniel Rensch as he shows you the three main ways White can choose to play. Remember the rule of the pawn spear and you just might get to see some dancing monkeys.
Creating A Passed Pawn

Creating A Passed Pawn

User180784 1 May 13, 2015 22835 Views 9 min
Passed pawns are some of the most powerful things in all of chess. Do you know how to create them? This video teaches you the tricks you need to know to unlock the potential in your pawns.
Endgame Special! Your Games Analyzed –- Show 17, Part 1

Endgame Special! Your Games Analyzed –- Show 17, Part 1

ChessKidTV Jan 8, 2015 10336 Views 32 min
FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show originally broadcast live on September 18, 2014. Hope you like endgames, ChessKids, because FM Mike Klein is making this show an endgame special. After warming up with two easy puzzles, FM Klein dives into the seriously fun business of endgame analysis. When you’re done watching, try a match vs. the ChessKid computer in a two-bishop mate.
Exchange Sacrifices: Destroying King Safety!

Exchange Sacrifices: Destroying King Safety!

FM FunMasterMike May 20, 2014 29994 Views 8 min
Brace yourself ChessKids because FunMasterMike has delivered a big package of 1500-level material. Are you into chess enough to handle it? We hope so! He begins a series on Exchange sacrifices - rooks trading for knights or bishops. You really have to be an advanced player to know when this is the right thing to do. In this first example, we see a very common pattern - Rxc3 in the Sicilian. Watch and see how powerful this move is!
What To Do 9: Creating Weaknesses - QUIZ!

What To Do 9: Creating Weaknesses - QUIZ!

IM David Pruess 1 Dec 19, 2011 4474 Views 10 min
We're back with another one of Playful Squirrel's challenging Quizzes! Once again, it's time to pause the video and think really hard, because each quiz question will stretch your brain! Make sure you watch "What To Do 8" (see Related Links, below) before this video.