One weakness on the chessboard may not be enough to win, but two weaknesses are almost always decisive.
FM Mike Klein shows you how to spot and create multiple weaknesses, ramping up the difficulty as he teaches each position.
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.
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.
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.
When is a pawn a super hero?
FunMasterMike shows you three ways that pawns can be as strong as any piece on the board.
But the fun doesn't end there. FM Klein also teaches you the exact opposite, when pawns are weaklings.
Watch this video to make sure your pawns are as powerful as they can be.
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.
How did the ChessKid GeorgeTiger become a king of fast chess?
FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how he did it in an exciting comeback game.
Don't miss FM Klein finally give you permission to move your f-pawn in the middlegame!
When you're done watching, try your luck with an extra knight in our computer workout.
One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up.
Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss.
Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
FM Mike Klein reviews ChessKid contest winner CompleteTent's submitted game, and it happens to be a perfect example for a bunch of other ChessKid video lessons.
Using the snow plow, taking en passant, picking up loose pieces, and placing your knight on the wrong square - all these ideas come together in a very instructive game.
Don't forget to watch the related videos in the links below.
FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show originally broadcast live on September 18, 2014.
Hope you like endgames, ChessKids, because FM Mike Klein is making this show an endgame special.
After warming up with two easy puzzles, FM Klein dives into the seriously fun business of endgame analysis.
When you’re done watching, try a match vs. the ChessKid computer in a two-bishop mate.
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.