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The Language of Chess: Gambit

The Language of Chess: Gambit

David Petty 1 Sep 26, 2011 4396 Views 12 min
The PinkHamster shares one of his favorite chess words: Gambit! Learn what a gambit and a counter-gambit are, and why accepting a gambit can lead to a really fun game with many imbalances.
The Language of Chess: En Passant

The Language of Chess: En Passant

David Petty 1 Sep 14, 2011 8552 Views 9 min
You've probably heard of the tricky "En Passant" rule before, but aren't exactly sure what it is, when it applies, and how to use it! The PinkHamster delves a little into chess history to explain the origins of this mysterious rule, and clarify when and how to put it into action!
The Language of Chess: Promotion

The Language of Chess: Promotion

Jessica Prescott 1 Aug 10, 2011 5507 Views 10 min
Do you know why the pawn is the most magical piece? That's right, it's because of "Promotion," a special power that only pawns have. Not only is promotion super fun, it's a very very important part of chess strategy, especially in the end game. Tune to learn about not just "Promotion", but also the sneaky "Under Promotion!"
The Language of Chess: Stalemate

The Language of Chess: Stalemate

Jessica Prescott 1 Aug 5, 2011 4717 Views 7 min
Everyone knows that a game of chess usually ends in mate...but did you know that Checkmate is not the only kind of "mate?" Stalemate is an important way that a game of chess can end, so tune in and learn well of the Stalemate, Grasshopper, because you really want to finish off your games with a Checkmate if you're ahead.
The Language of Chess: Tempo

The Language of Chess: Tempo

IM David Pruess 1 May 10, 2011 5263 Views 7 min
Today we learn a very important word: "Tempo". This word goes hand in hand with Development, as well as forming plans, and so understanding this word and what it means in chess will help to make you a much stronger player. What are you waiting for? Hurry up and watch the video (and you may get to hear some beautiful music while you're at it).
The Language of Chess: Tactics and Strategies

The Language of Chess: Tactics and Strategies

IM David Pruess 1 Apr 29, 2011 4770 Views 9 min
In this crucial Language of Chess video, Dr. Squirrel discusses the two main ways of improving your position in chess: the Terrifying Tactic, and the Stealthy Strategy! Tactics and Strategies come up constantly in each and every game of chess you play. So, learn the difference, and then go and begin trying Tactics and planning Strategies today!
The Language of Chess: Zwischenzug

The Language of Chess: Zwischenzug

IM David Pruess 1 Apr 25, 2011 6076 Views 7 min
I hope you're ready to learn some new chess verbiage...and some German, too! What on earth does "Zwischenzug" mean? And more importantly, how do you even pronounce that word?? Watch this video to find out the answers to these questions, and many more with Professor Squirrel!
The Language of Chess: Draw

The Language of Chess: Draw

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 17, 2011 4246 Views 11 min
You can win chess games and you can lose them, but did you know that you can also get a tie? In chess, we call a tie "a draw", and there are many different ways this can happen. In fact, at the highest levels, chess "Grandmasters" get draws all the time in their games! Tune in to learn some of the most common types of draws in chess.
The Language of Chess: Resign

The Language of Chess: Resign

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 10, 2011 4732 Views 7 min
There are more ways to win and lose in chess than checkmate, and one of them is the important word "resign." Tune in to find out what resigning is, how it is done, and some advice on when and when not to use it in your own games!
The Language of Chess: Win

The Language of Chess: Win

Amanda Mateer 1 Jan 5, 2011 5657 Views 10 min
Just what does it take to win a game of chess? If you've ever taken all your opponent's pieces, but couldn't put the final nail in their coffin, then tune in to find out how to finish off your chess games.
The Language of Chess: Space

The Language of Chess: Space

IM David Pruess 1 Nov 8, 2010 3961 Views 12 min
What do asteroids, comets, and starships have to do with chess? Nothing! Because in chess, "space" isn't "outer space", it is an important type of advantage that everyone should know about. Tune in, and learn what "chess space" is all about.
The Language of Chess: Passed Pawn

The Language of Chess: Passed Pawn

IM David Pruess 1 Nov 4, 2010 4602 Views 8 min
The great Philidor once said that "Pawns are the soul of chess." At the end of the game, "Passed Pawns" usually decide the game, and David is here to show you what a "Passed Pawn" is, and how to use it to win your endgames!
The Weakest Square 2

The Weakest Square 2

IM David Pruess 1 Jul 3, 2010 10255 Views 10 min
Now you know how to find the weakest square, and how to threaten it. Watch an awesome game where both white AND black attack the weakest square!! There's no defending, only attaaaaaaaaack!
BAM!

BAM!

Amanda Mateer 1 Jun 15, 2010 5872 Views 7 min
Has anyone ever put you in check? Did it scare you? Be afraid no more! Amanda is here to teach you BAM! Now you'll be able to calmly remember your options and escape from check with dignity :-)
Consequences

Consequences

IM David Pruess 1 Mar 29, 2010 12228 Views 8 min
International Master David Pruess talks to you about the importance and weight of every move you make. The lessons to be learned in chess are often good for the rest of your life; don't forget everything you do has consequences!