NM Carissa Yip made a big impact at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis last month, and now she reviews one of her best games of the tournament for ChessKid.
Learn from the master herself in this educational French Defense game.
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.
Hope you like rooks, because this video is all about them.
What do rooks hate more than anything else? Pawns! They block in the powerful pieces, and sometimes the rooks will eat pawns just like Pac-Man.
Find out where to put your rooks to make them the happiest in this fun lesson by FM Mike Klein.
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.
If you play 1. e4, you'd better learn one of the most popular and aggressive ways Black can respond: the Sicilian Defense.
IM Danny Rensch gives you an easy-to-digest overview of the opening, categorizing each variation's basic ideas.
Stick around for a bonus lesson on what not to do in this common opening.
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.
Do you want to know how to attack against one of Black's most popular openings, the Sicilian Najdorf?
NM Carissa Yip shows you how in this educational video.
Learn how to tear down Black's best defenses and destroy his position in this extremely common opening.
FM Mike Klein told you the goals of the opening, but how do you get there?
The answer is development. Learn how to bring your pieces out in the correct order and to the correct squares in this important lesson.
Find out what happens if you try to be a hero too early with the queen, a common mistake in the opening.
How do you punish an opponent who waits too long to castle?
By opening the e-file and pouncing with his rook, queen and both bishops, coach skunkfrog never gives Black a chance to cover up his king.
Stick around till the end of the video to solve a tricky mate-in-six!
When is castling a terrible idea?
Coach Skunkfrog gives you the warning signs that castling could become a catastrophe!
Learn about the dangers of castling under a pseudo-pin, where the pinned piece can legally move, but only at great material loss.
Coach Skunkfog shows you how to pile up the pressure on these pinned pieces to attack the castled king.
In parts 1-3 you saw how to advance your Snow Plow, now FunMasterMike is going to show you how to blockade it! Sure, the Four Pawns Attack looks scary, but every pawn move makes a bigger piece sad. Watch how Black develops and destroys the center, then hunts down White's king and weak back rank. As always, our tactical ChessKid geniuses will love the fun that results!
Sometimes castling actually brings your king into danger, rather than taking him to safety. What's the biggest warning sign? If you've opened up a file, make sure that castling doesn't tempt your opponent's rooks to come after you. Today Skunkfrog shows you a perfect example of this, complete with a checkmate in 5. Learn his idea, and also stay until the end to find his long mating pattern!
Are you a dragon or a dragon slayer? In the Sicilian Dragon, Black's dark-squared bishop is a beast - often worth much more than a rook. Watch these two examples where Black refuses to trade it off, even willing to offer the Exchange just to safeguard the heroic bishop. Once the offer is made, all that's left to do is bombard the White king and remove his shield!