FunMasterMike

Prophylaxis
  • Prophylaxis

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 19, 2018 1545 Views 7 min
  • One of the biggest words in chess is often carried out by the smallest pieces! Watch how pawns, and other members of your army, can stop your opponent's plans, in a process we call "prophylaxis"!
Maneuvering
  • Maneuvering

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2018 15271 Views 8 min
  • Sometimes you have to go backward instead of forward, as FunMasterMike shows with examples from every piece of the chess board. You'll also see why he's not prepared to host a nature show!
Opposite Colored Bishops
  • Opposite Colored Bishops

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 6, 2018 20920 Views 9 min
  • When bishops control opposite colors, they aren't just two ships passing in the night. The bishops are actually unrivaled dominators, if you know how to use them in the middlegame and endgame!
Rook Lifts
  • Rook Lifts

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 20, 2018 20718 Views 9 min
  • Can rooks climb stairs? They can today! Watch and see how rooks can become your BFF, even when there's no open files to use. Bring them up and over and they'll be shouting with joy!
Trapped Pieces
  • Trapped Pieces

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 7, 2018 34626 Views 7 min
  • What happens when a piece runs low on squares? It's time to put him in the coffin! Often, these "traps" happen on the edge of the board, but not always. Watch and see many examples of queens and other pieces getting squeezed!
Opposite Sides Castling
  • Opposite Sides Castling

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 26, 2017 27486 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?
Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1
  • Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 4, 2017 26916 Views 8 min
  • What happens when one side focuses on development while the other side forgets? It's a comedy for the first side but a tragedy for the other! Watch this and other advanced opening ideas -- maybe you can also win some quick points!
Mysterious Moves
  • Mysterious Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 29, 2017 22680 Views 8 min
  • Can you play chess detective? Part of being a good chess player is getting inside the head of your opponent, even when "weird" moves are played. Watch and learn how to spot the clues that will help you solve the puzzling positions!
Queen Sacrifices
  • Queen Sacrifices

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2017 30419 Views 10 min
  • ChessKids, did you know that sometimes even the most powerful piece can be sacrificed? That's right! Even the queen can be sacrificed if opportunity strikes. FM Mike Klein teaches you with some great examples, including his own games!
Playing Tournament Chess
  • Playing Tournament Chess

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 17, 2017 29910 Views 8 min
  • Are you ready for a chess tournament? You will be after watching this video! Join FM Mike Klein as he walks you through tournament preparation from a master's perspective.
King Hunt
  • King Hunt

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 19, 2017 44979 Views 12 min
  • Everyone loves a chase! In these examples, FM Mike Klein shows you how to give chase to a fleeing king, trapping it and checkmating it.
Zwischenzug
  • Zwischenzug

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 28, 2017 52006 Views 10 min
  • What is a "zwischenzug" and what does it have to do with eating ice cream? FunMasterMike explains this hilarious word and important tactical trick!
When Not To Castle
  • When Not To Castle

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 7, 2017 54005 Views 9 min
  • ChessKids know that their king will almost always be safer if they castle, but truly advanced ChessKids know that sometimes you shouldn't castle! FM Mike Klein teaches five reasons you shouldn't castle!
Exceptions To The Rules
  • Exceptions To The Rules

  • FM FunMasterMike May 31, 2017 69876 Views 9 min
  • By now ChessKids you know a lot of rules! Sometimes though, you have to break a rule in a chess game? When and how should you do that? FM Mike Klein explains.
Interference
  • Interference

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 28, 2017 74484 Views 7 min
  • It's time for more tactics with FM Mike Klein! What in the world is this interference tactic of which he speaks? It's a beautiful and special pattern. Learn it today.
King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory
  • King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 18, 2017 50023 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein takes on the third and final King Of Puzzles champion in this video. GameTheory plays some great ideas, but FunMasterMike shows some places he could improve in the classic French Defense.