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Simplifying
  • Simplifying

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 14, 2016 23298 Views 10 min
  • Sometimes the key to winning is just knowing how to make things easy! FM Mike Klein shows you how to do just that by giving material back to reach a winning king and pawn ending.
Winning Technique
  • Winning Technique

  • FM FunMasterMike Nov 30, 2016 15458 Views 9 min
  • How do you finish off a winning game? The answer is chess technique. FunMasterMike teaches you what that is and how to learn it.
The Principle Of Two Weaknesses
  • The Principle Of Two Weaknesses

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 3, 2016 21195 Views 7 min
  • 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.
Building A Fortress
  • Building A Fortress

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 13, 2016 25551 Views 11 min
  • You usually want to make your pieces as active as possible, with lots to do, but sometimes the best plan is for them to do...nothing. How can this be? FunMasterMike explains the important concept of fortresses on the chessboard: what they are, how to set them up, and why you would want to use them.
Knight vs Bishop Endgames
  • Knight vs Bishop Endgames

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 15, 2016 18618 Views 8 min
  • Want to learn your knight vs bishop endgames? FunMasterMike calls upon three world chess champions to help teach you these important ideas about the game’s two minor pieces. Learn how to recognize when each piece is better in the endgame in this lesson.
Ways To Draw
  • Ways To Draw

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 9, 2016 18805 Views 9 min
  • There is more than one way to draw in a chess game. FM Mike Klein shows you five ways you can tie in chess, including some you might not have known.
Queen vs Pawn
  • Queen vs Pawn

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 27, 2016 23855 Views 9 min
  • Hey, ChessKids, did FunMasterMike mess up and set up the board backwards? Nope! It’s just time for another promotion lesson. In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you what happens when one side gets a queen just before the other can promote his pawn. Can the queen win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame
  • 7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 14466 Views 8 min
  • 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.
King Activity
  • King Activity

  • FM FunMasterMike Oct 3, 2015 17893 Views 7 min
  • Most of the time, your king has to hide away safely. But in the endgame, the king becomes a fierce warrior on his own. FM Mike Klein shows you the awesome power of an active king late in the game.
King To King Opposition
  • King To King Opposition

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 1, 2015 17505 Views 9 min
  • What happens when two kings face off? It’s opposition. FM Mike Klein explains the opposition, one of the most important endgame concepts in all of chess. Learn how to use your king to control critical squares and help a pawn promote — all with this one idea, the opposition.
Rook Roller!
  • Rook Roller!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2015 17836 Views 4 min
  • So you know how to mate with a queen, but what if you have a couple of rooks instead? Don’t worry — it’s even easier! FM Mike Klein shows you an ironclad technique for achieving this basic checkmate. Watch this video and get those rooks rolling in your own endgames.
King And Queen Mate!
  • King And Queen Mate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 18, 2015 29540 Views 9 min
  • What’s one of the most common checkmates in the game? The king and queen mate, of course. FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how to mate with this combination, building a fence to contain the enemy king. Learn how to use the king and queen together to force checkmate and win the game.
Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!
  • Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

  • FM Todd Andrews 1 Dec 20, 2014 13653 Views 6 min
  • When do a couple of connected passed pawns beat a rook? When they reach the sixth rank! FM MusicCityMaster shows you the critical positions you need to know in this common endgame theme. When you’re done, try to play a pawn-only endgame against the computer in the related links.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 2, 2014 5373 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein shows you his favorite king-and-pawn endgame of all time in the final video of the series. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this definitely applies to the endgame at hand. Learn the shocking moves necessary to win this tricky four-pawn vs four-pawn endgame.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 26, 2014 4629 Views 7 min
  • Can FM Mike Klein trick you with just kings and pawns? Watch this third video of his endgame series to find out. FM Klein once again changes the position slightly to show how small differences in placement can mean big differences in results! Learn how to convert a king-and-pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike’s help.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 2
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 2

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 19, 2014 6182 Views 6 min
  • Uh-oh! FunMasterMike is reaching in his bag of tricks again! He takes the exact same ending from Part 1 and moves it down one rank, completely changing the answer in the process. How is it possible that the same formation can be so complicated? Watch this instructive explanation and you'll have a newfound appreciation for the proper way to calculate in the endgame!
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 1
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 1

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 12, 2014 9211 Views 6 min
  • Watch out for those tricky king and pawn endgames! In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you how slight changes to the position in these endgames can mean huge differences in the correct way to win. Learn how to convert a king and pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike’s help.
King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5
  • King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 5

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 May 29, 2014 7373 Views 6 min
  • Center pawns are better, right? Well, yes and no! It depends on the part of the game. GM Benzoo explains why toward the end, outside passed pawns are more useful. Why would a pawn on the edge of the board be preferable? Have you ever seen the cartoon where a raw steak is thrown to a guard dog? The enemy king is distracted in exactly the same way!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 4
  • More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 4

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 May 10, 2014 5163 Views 5 min
  • Side pawn? Rook pawn? Algebraic notation? Descriptive notation? All this fancy talk is obscuring the lesson. GM Benzoo wants to show you how easy it is to blockade a pawn on the edge, but your king has to make it to the CORNER. That's right - the corner is not just where you're sent when you're punished, it's where you want to be! So go there, hold the draw, and make the GM happy!
More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3
  • More King and Pawn Endgames! - Part 3

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Apr 26, 2014 5909 Views 5 min
  • When would you prefer it to be your opponent's move? No, not when you're lining up to do chores - there's a chess reason why you'd want the other guy to go first. Watch this very special situation unfold, while GM Benzoo explains the shenanigans. Don't be in OPPOSITION to this video - it may just save you a half-point!