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.
FM Mike Klein plays his final game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, closing out the series with a tilt against “MasterEthan.”
See how Ethan does against FunMasterMike in a Scotch game, an enjoyable opening to play for both sides.
Watch how FM Mike almost lost the game before he thought better.
Don’t forget to try your hand at the ChessKid puzzles 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.
What's the fastest way to blast open the chessboard and use a lead in development?
Opening the center.
Learn from one of the rarest occasions in chess: a FunMasterMike mistake where he didn't play this powerful strategy.
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.
FunMasterMike's favorite piece is the knight, and he'll show you why in this video of the best knight moves of 2014.
Learn how this tricky piece hops around the board, creating all kinds of crazy cavalry tactics.
If you can find the winning move in the last game shown, you'll really impress FunMasterMike.
In this show, FM Todd Andrews teaches you how to attack on an important line - a file, a rank, or a diagonal.
Learn how to attack on the crucial f-file in part two of a replay of FM Andrews' Keeping the Tempo show.
Check out the related links for FM Mike Klein's video on not moving your f-pawn!
For the next installment of SkungFrog's series, he shows you an opening mistake in the Caro-Kann. White gets a big lead in development, and Black doesn't see the warning signs (but you will!). After castling queenside, two beautiful checkmates occur. See if you can find them before SkungFrog shows you!
Coach Skunkfrog is back with a story of a teammate who didn't know a common pattern in chess. When all of your pieces are on one side of the board, and you castle on the other, only bad things can happen. Specifically, when you're missing the usual knight on f3, your king will be left without his best friend. Watch Black's queen, bishop and knight form an unbeatable trio!
In the final two games of the broadcast, you'll learn a complicated opening and an even more difficult ending. The famed Max Lange Attack can be less poisonous if you watch FunMasterMike show how to defend against it. Stick around until the end of the video and review your bishop and knight mate technique - that's one even master forget every once in a while!
In part two of Your Games Analyzed, you'll see the super-complicated Wilkes-Barre (Traxler) Gambit, you'll see a king walk across the board to help his bishop give mate, and you'll hear when FunMasterMike says it is OK to disobey your teacher! What could this all mean? It means you have to watch these three games to understand!
The Scotch Gambit is one of the most popular openings in scholastic chess, and today the SkunkFrog shows us two examples of the same game! That's right, two different students, five years apart, won a game with almost the exact same moves. Don't be too greedy - tuck your king away when you get the chance or you may be the third player that the SkunkFrog's students beat!
Trick or treat? We chose treat! On this Halloween, we bring you the ever-creative MusicCityMaster's spooky music-chess mashup. Or should we say, his "Monster Mashup!" Watch and see the Frankenstein-Dracula version of the Vienna. He's not making this up - that's the real name of the opening. Which monster would you rather be? A man-made seven-foot tall monster or a fanged vampire in a long black coat? Or maybe you're dressing as a grandmaster for Halloween!
The MusicCityMaster shows off one of the most famous games from the first World Chess Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz! You'll learn about the Giuco Piano, the importance of castling, and why you should attack with every piece in your army. He also leaves us with a cliffhanger - a question that won't be answered until Part 2! Can you figure it out?
As Black, are you wondering how to avoid the famous Fried Liver Attack? If so, SkunkFrog is your man. Or, he is at least your wise hybrid animal! He will show you how to meet this quick attack on f7, and how to actually counterattack your opponent on his weak spot. Watch and see how to turn the hunter into the hunted, and don't forget to castle!
Benzoo is back with a two-part special, although both positions are from the same game. First he shows off an unbelievable sacrifice that he missed. It would have led to a fork of four pieces - you don't see that every day! Then, in the endgame, his opponent had a 50/50 chance of drawing, but lost the coin flip and learned a lesson about getting tired in the endgame. As Benzoo says, "The person who makes the last mistake, usually loses!"
Fun Master Mike shows off two games where high-rated players were mated because they didn't guard the weakest square. The pawn on f7 is like a newborn baby - just kind of sits there but still needs a lot of attention. Along the way, you'll learn about the importance of following your coach's advice, and knowing about the difference between the two types of pins. Now that's a full eight minutes!