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Bishop vs Knight

Bishop vs Knight

IM Daniel Rensch Mar 5, 2016 46952 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 32786 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.
How To Plan

How To Plan

FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2015 35624 Views 8 min
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.
Opening The Center

Opening The Center

FM FunMasterMike Oct 14, 2015 32784 Views 8 min
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.
Your Opponent's Move!

Your Opponent's Move!

FM FunMasterMike Oct 10, 2015 30596 Views 8 min
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.
Outposts

Outposts

FM FunMasterMike Sep 26, 2015 34750 Views 8 min
What's a good place to put your piece? An outpost. FM Mike Klein explains what outposts mean and why they are so strong. If you start looking for outposts in your games, your pieces will thank you!
Strong And Weak Pawns

Strong And Weak Pawns

FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2015 36855 Views 7 min
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.
Tactics: Zugzwang!

Tactics: Zugzwang!

FM FunMasterMike Sep 12, 2015 44554 Views 8 min
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!
Trading To Win

Trading To Win

FM FunMasterMike Jul 22, 2015 26114 Views 11 min
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.
When To Check

When To Check

FM FunMasterMike Jul 15, 2015 21186 Views 6 min
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.
Phases Of The Game

Phases Of The Game

FM FunMasterMike Jun 20, 2015 22143 Views 7 min
Did you know chess games have phases? FM Mike Klein teaches you the three phases of chess: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Learn what you should do in each phase in this fun lesson.
Learning To Count

Learning To Count

FM FunMasterMike Apr 29, 2015 30415 Views 9 min
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.
Back Rank Mate!

Back Rank Mate!

FM FunMasterMike Apr 4, 2015 29206 Views 7 min
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.
Special Pawn Moves

Special Pawn Moves

FM FunMasterMike Mar 28, 2015 34433 Views 8 min
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.
Castling!

Castling!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 25, 2015 36281 Views 9 min
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.
Help Needed!

Help Needed!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 14, 2015 40948 Views 5 min
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.
Stalemate!

Stalemate!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 11, 2015 37528 Views 6 min
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.
Checkmate!

Checkmate!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 7, 2015 31074 Views 8 min
You know about check, but what's the real goal of the game? Checkmate! FM Mike Klein tells you what this important chess term means and how to recognize it.
Check!

Check!

FM FunMasterMike Mar 4, 2015 27689 Views 7 min
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.
Welcome To ChessKid Version 3

Welcome To ChessKid Version 3

FM FunMasterMike Feb 7, 2015 17763 Views 19 min
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.