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.
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.
Hey, what's your plan, ChessKids?
FM Mike Klein gives you three important things to focus on in all your chess games: checks, captures, and threats.
Let FunMasterMike teach you why should never make a move without looking for these three forcing ideas.
What's the fastest way to blast open the chessboard and use a lead in development?
Opening the center.
Learn from one of the rarest occasions in chess: a FunMasterMike mistake where he didn't play this powerful strategy.
What's the one thing that turns an average chess player into a real chess master?
Focusing on the opponent's moves!
FM Mike Klein gives you one of the most important lessons of your chess career today in this video that teaches you exactly how to stop your opponent's threats.
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.
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames.
FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson.
Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!
A big part of chess is trading material - all the best players do it, but only when it's a good trade.
FM Mike Klein teaches you when trading is a smart move in this very important chess lesson.
You'll never make a bad trade again if you watch this video. Stick around till the end to see how Bobby Fischer traded to win.
Checking is the most forcing move you can make in chess - but when should you do it?
FM Mike Klein teaches you the right time to check, and just as important, when not to do it.
Learn how to use this powerful move correctly and your rating will go up quickly.
How do you know if you should make a capture? Most of the time, all you have to do is count.
FM Mike Klein explains the key chess concept of counting how many pieces attack and defend your target.
Learn how to make one of the most important decisions in chess by simply adding things up.
Castling is a great move, but there is one issue you should know about after you do it - your back rank.
FM Mike Klein explains what makes the back rank so important, how to checkmate on it, and how to avoid being mated there.
Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves?
FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about.
If you've ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.
Have you ever moved two of your chess pieces - on the same move?
FM Mike Klein explains the special move called castling, where you are allowed to tuck your king safely away toward the corner.
How do you castle? When are you allowed to do it? When are you definitely not allowed to castle?
FM Mike Klein has all the answers in this important video.
Checkmate is the goal, but how do you create one in a game?
FM Mike Klein gives you the recipe for an easy checkmate using an important concept: the helper.
Learn how to use your pieces to help one another to trap and destroy the enemy king.
If you're in check and can't get out, it's checkmate - you learned that in the last video.
But what happens when a player is not in check, but has no piece or pawn able to move?
That's something different entirely: stalemate - a tie.
FM Mike Klein explains what stalemate is, what it means, and how you can avoid it if you're winning - or hope for it if you're losing.
What's the most urgent move in chess? Check! FM Mike Klein shows you how to give a check, and what to do if you find yourself in check. Learn the memory aid "CPR" - capture, protect, or run away - to get your king out of check.
You've noticed a shiny new look for the ChessKid website, and FM Mike Klein is here to give you an in-depth tour of all the new functions and features.
Whether you're a coach, a parent, or a ChessKid, you'll want to watch this video tour to get familiar with ChessKid version 3.0 - and we think you'll like what you see.
Take some time to learn about the new site before you jump in to learn and play.