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Opposite Sides Castling

Opposite Sides Castling

FM FunMasterMike Dec 26, 2017 47400 Views 11 min
Never has one move been so important! When the kings go their own way and castle differently, it's a race to make an all-out attack before your own king is mated. Do you have the speed to win?
Pawn Chains

Pawn Chains

NM Sam Copeland 99 Feb 15, 2017 66675 Views 11 min
What should you do when you spot a pawn chain, ChessKids? NM Sam Copeland has the strategic tips to help you out!
The ChampionshYip

The ChampionshYip

FM Carissa Yip 3 May 11, 2016 27828 Views 7 min
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.
More On Isolated Pawns

More On Isolated Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 39459 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.
Destroying The Defender

Destroying The Defender

GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 23, 2016 32311 Views 7 min
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.
Open Files

Open Files

FM FunMasterMike Sep 5, 2015 28576 Views 9 min
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

The French Defense

IM Daniel Rensch Aug 12, 2015 33863 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.
The Sicilian

The Sicilian

IM Daniel Rensch Jul 29, 2015 41914 Views 11 min
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.
A Castle Chess Camp Battle

A Castle Chess Camp Battle

FM FunMasterMike Jul 11, 2015 19519 Views 12 min
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.
Legends Of Chess: vs Suraj Ramanathan

Legends Of Chess: vs Suraj Ramanathan

FM Carissa Yip 3 May 23, 2015 16556 Views 5 min
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.
More First Moves

More First Moves

FM FunMasterMike Apr 15, 2015 26637 Views 6 min
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 to Play the Danish Gambit

How to Play the Danish Gambit

David Petty 1 Oct 14, 2014 23152 Views 12 min
Can you survive a chess game when you immediately give away two "free" pawns? PinkHamster shows you how to play the Danish Gambit, an exciting and romantic opening you need to know!
He Should've Castled Early On!

He Should've Castled Early On!

Ross Colby 1 Oct 7, 2014 18524 Views 10 min
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!
Castling Catastrophes! -- Part 5

Castling Catastrophes! -- Part 5

Ross Colby 1 Sep 13, 2014 8822 Views 10 min
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.
Use Your Snow Plow - Part 4

Use Your Snow Plow - Part 4

FM FunMasterMike Jul 29, 2014 7608 Views 10 min
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!
Castling Catastrophes! - Part 4

Castling Catastrophes! - Part 4

Ross Colby 1 Jul 26, 2014 6955 Views 13 min
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!
Exchange Sacrifices: Getting a Dominant Bishop!

Exchange Sacrifices: Getting a Dominant Bishop!

FM FunMasterMike May 27, 2014 18595 Views 8 min
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!