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Rook Lifts
  • Rook Lifts

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 20, 2018 25490 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!
Exceptions To The Rules
  • Exceptions To The Rules

  • FM FunMasterMike May 31, 2017 71649 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.
Fair Play
  • Fair Play

  • IM Daniel Rensch Mar 22, 2017 58972 Views 10 min
  • What's the most important thing in chess? It's having fun! FunMasterMike and PoppaBear are here to show you the right way to play so that BOTH players have a good time.
The Rook
  • The Rook

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 63064 Views 5 min
  • Today ChessKids, we learn how to move the chess pieces! FM Mike Klein begins with a powerful, simple piece: the rook!
The Bishop
  • The Bishop

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 22295 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein teaches you how to move the tricky bishop and what the crazy and weird word, "diagonal," means!
The Queen
  • The Queen

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 24107 Views 7 min
  • FM Mike Klein shows you which two pieces combine to make the super-powerful queen and tests your newfound knowledge with some exercises where you have to think ahead!
The King
  • The King

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 18387 Views 3 min
  • By now you know how the queen moves, but what about her husband, the king?! He's not as fast, but he's still super-important as FM Mike Klein explains!
The Knight
  • The Knight

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 17641 Views 4 min
  • The knights can be tricky pieces, hopping all around the chessboard! FM Mike Klein explains the mysterious movements of these pet horses (just don't call them horses; they are proud to be tricky knights!)
The Pawn
  • The Pawn

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 17237 Views 5 min
  • This video is all about the little guys! FM Mike Klein demystifies the pawns. You get eight of these small but tricky guys so you'd better use them well!
Color Weaknesses
  • Color Weaknesses

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 21, 2016 53343 Views 7 min
  • Do you know what color weaknesses are ChessKids? FM Mike Klein shows you how to win by spotting (and creating) color weaknesses in your games!
The Power Of The Bishop Pair
  • The Power Of The Bishop Pair

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 10, 2016 75079 Views 8 min
  • The bishop pair is a fearsome force in chess. They can dominate open diagonals create threats across the entire board! FM Mike Klein shows you how to put this dastardly due to work!
Kick Them Out
  • Kick Them Out

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 6, 2016 51238 Views 9 min
  • What can you do when your opponent puts a piece on your side of the board? Try to kick it out, says FM Mike Klein. Learn how to shoo away your opponent’s most annoying pieces in this lesson on kicking them out.
Tempo
  • Tempo

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 8, 2016 38668 Views 9 min
  • How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question. You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo. FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
More On Backward Pawns
  • More On Backward Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 19, 2016 26243 Views 8 min
  • To move forward, sometimes you have to go backward and pawn play is no exception. FunMasterMike explains backward pawns and three key ideas you must know about them! Now only 99 more things to learn to be as good as the FunMaster!
More Doubled Pawns
  • More Doubled Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 12, 2016 28879 Views 7 min
  • Doubled pawns are usually big weaknesses — and FM Mike Klein tells you why. Learn all about the problems caused by doubled pawns and the rare times they can be OK for you.
Bishop vs Knight
  • Bishop vs Knight

  • IM Daniel Rensch Mar 5, 2016 36636 Views 8 min
  • It’s the age-old question in chess — which piece is better, the bishop or the knight? Even though both are worth three points on paper, IM Rensch will show you that sometimes one is much better than the other. It’s up to you to decide when in your own games.
Queen And Knight Battering Rams
  • Queen And Knight Battering Rams

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 28, 2015 26482 Views 8 min
  • GM Simon Williams is back with more fun lessons on the damage you can do in chess when you just point your pieces at the same square. Learn how the queen and knight work together to form a unique and dangerous combo. These two pieces team up to control a huge swath of key squares and can demolish the enemy king.