What wins in chess, one queen, or two rooks?
As always, it depends on the position, says FunMasterMike.
Learn when the rooks roll over the queen, when the queen rules the rooks, and what to aim for from each side, taking advice from some of the best champions in chess along the way.
The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless.
FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame?
GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
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.
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.
You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do?
GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post.
Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing.
Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
National Master Carisa Yip is back with some more of her favorite chess puzzles for you to solve.
This time, the puzzles are positional studies by the chess author Jacob Aagaard. Yes, that's a lot of A's. Hopefully you can get an A on these puzzles too if you try hard.
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.
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.
Have you ever seen bugs attracted to a light outside in the summer?
If you have, you can understand attraction on the chessboard.
FM Mike Klein explains this powerful idea, and how you can use attraction to make some crazy tactics you might not even believe.
Make sure you watch to the end to see one of the hardest problems FunMasterMike has ever assigned.
In chess, sometimes you can win a lot of treasure if you can just get rid of that pesky guard.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to remove or even distract defenders in chess so you can swoop in and win even more material at the end.
This is one tactic you'll be glad you learned.
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.