The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
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.
Have you seen the shortest game EVER played between two chess masters?
You won't believe how this master got mated in seven moves! Here's a hint: he moved his f-pawn without FunMasterMike's permission.
You need to watch this video to see what not to do in the opening.
FM Mike Klein reviews ChessKid.com member games in part two of a show broadcast live on August 21, 2014.
Join FunMasterMike as he analyzes an exciting game from ChessKid.com contributor Claudia Munoz (chesscampeona) on her way to winning a national championship!
Watch this video and find out how chesscampeona used a sharp Alekhine's Defense to win as Black.
The fun doesn't stop there, as FM Klein reviews some more ChessKid games later in the show.
Go on a trade tirade with a national champ! Today Lucas allows a Greek Gift sacrifice and lives to tell the tale. It's all about defense today. Don't be greedy, grab your extra piece, simplify, and ride that gravy train into the bountiful endgame. Lucas is like a seasoned pro - watch and see him recover from an early mistake to dominate the middlegame and endgame!
Welcome IM Rusa Goletiani to the ChessKid author family! Rusa is a past U.S. Women's Champion and the co-founder of the Westchester Chess Academy. Today she shows us when you'd like to have opposite-colored bishops, and what happens when you reach an endgame with them. Watch and learn how different parts of the game demand different sets of principles!
The next edition of the hit ChessKid TV show - Your Games Analyzed - with FunMasterMike! If you missed the live airing, watch and see whose games were chosen from the forum. The first is a really instructive knight endgame, but even before that the name of the game is: outpost! The ChessKids submitted some really high quality games this time, making the selection the hardest yet!
The MusicCityMaster shows us some of his techniques that he used to get his master rating. First, he explains how to judge a new position. Then, after repeating some great advice by a famous player, he shows how a small and simple advantage of an outpost can lead to victory. Not everything in chess is pins and forks - watch how even more basic concepts can lead to your chess improvement.
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!
Trivia - Who was World Champion when you were born? Well, if you are between the age of six and 13, it was Vladimir Kramnik. Today we look at a game from when he was only 11 years old, but had the understanding of a wise old man. He gets a worse position out of the opening, but offers up his queen to the chess Gods, and produces a blistering attack with four pawns!
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!
International Master, and Woman's Grandmaster Anna Zatonskih makes her ChessKid.com debut today with a great video on the basic principles of developing your King's (f1) Bishop. She highlights that anytime, and she really means anytime, there is a possible threat on your weakest square (f7 or f2) you must consider all possible tactics.
The PinkHamster returns with another ChessKid Battle, featuring an offbeat game that is decided by an unexpected tactical shot. If you want to submit your own game for a ChessKid Battle, make sure to take note of the guidelines at the start of this video!
GM Eugene is back, once against sharing a game from his youth. This time we see Eugene in the last round of a tournament right as a diabolical idea hits him: his king is doing his duty, stopping black's two passed pawns from turning into queens...but maybe there's something else that king could do!