NM Carissa Yip turned in a good performance at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis this spring, and now she is back on ChessKid with another game review from the historic event. Learn what one of the most talented young players in the country was thinking in a critical chess position.
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.
NM Carissa Yip is back with a lesson from one of her games in this year’s world youth chess championship.
Learn from one of the greatest young chess prodigies in America in this thorough video that shows you how NM Yip approaches all phases of the game.
Think you can solve tactics like Carissa? Try the puzzles in the related links.
FM Mike Klein is back with the second game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, this time taking on HulkingHunter in a Russian Game.
Learn how FunMasterMike pried open the center of the board to reach a great endgame very quickly.
This game is all about solid technique, so be sure to pay attention.
Don’t forget to try out the ChessKid puzzles yourself in the related links.
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.
Who is chess coach Rob's favorite chess player?
The great Paul Morphy!
Watch this fun video to see how Morphy developed his pieces by making the easy moves first.
This simple idea will help every one of your chess games.
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.
Do you want to play an exciting and strong opening?
Sure, we all do.
IM Danny Rensch shows you a fun and easy opening to play, The Scotch 4 Knights.
Learn how the Scotch game can help you immediately challenge the center and complete your development.
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.
Carissa Yip is the youngest female national master in U.S. history.
Watch her debut lesson on ChessKid as she explains how she won an important game in the World Youth Championship.
Learn how a chess prodigy thinks in this informative game review.
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!
The strongest snow plow in the world isn't shoveling snow - its being used by a world champion to crush his opponent! Watch GM Vladimir Kramnik slowly get his two center pawns all the way to the 7th rank together. That takes talent and teamwork! Watch and learn how you can make sure your snow plow doesn't get stuck or run out of gas!
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!
The finale of FunMasterMike's series on Isolated Queen Pawns! Today we see the other side play well - blockading and eventually winning the pawn thanks to some super clever back-rank ideas. But when FunMasterMike is down, he's not out. Watch how he created confusion and made an epic comeback. Chess is not just about knowledge, it's about putting up a fight!
In this installment of Your Games Analyzed, FM FunMasterMike selects many e4/e5 games, where you'll learn when to castle and when not to castle. ChessKids will also see what to do against the Be3 development, and some useful information on the center fork trick. These are some of the most common plans and ideas that young ChessKids need to know, so think of it as required viewing for tournament players!
Ever wonder how you can attack as Black, even after your opponent opens with his queen's pawn? Look no further - Coach Skunkfrog shows a game where he demolishes White in fewer than 15 moves. There are open files and diagonals everywhere, and plenty of discovered attacks to go around. And why oh why is White's queen on b8?!