Fun Master Mike shows off two games where high-rated players were mated because they didn't guard the weakest square. The pawn on f7 is like a newborn baby - just kind of sits there but still needs a lot of attention. Along the way, you'll learn about the importance of following your coach's advice, and knowing about the difference between the two types of pins. Now that's a full eight minutes!
International Master, and Woman's Grandmaster Anna Zatonskih makes her ChessKid.com debut today with a great video on the basic principles of developing your King's (f1) Bishop. She highlights that anytime, and she really means anytime, there is a possible threat on your weakest square (f7 or f2) you must consider all possible tactics.
Once again we look at a "counterattacking option" for black; this time, the Traxler Counterattack, a crazy opening choice in which black allows white's attack on f7 in order to make an explosive sacrifice on white's weakest square of f2. Tune in to see the first ever game played in the Traxler!
We've become expert Castle Crushers, able to quickly locate the "Weakest Square" of the castle, drive away defenders, and crush through. However, sometimes things are not so easy. David shows us a dynamic example in which the Castle Crusher tears down the Castle Wall "one stone at a time," changing targets from one "Weakest Square" mid-attack to another, finishing off the king through a completely different square in the end. Tricky stuff!
In this "Member Analysis," David looks at a beautiful game played by one of the kids on ChessKid.com, featuring a gorgeous sacrifice on the Weakest Square, and showcasing the power of development, the center, and the initiative when weaving a deadly checkmating net. Did I mention that a kid from ChessKid.com played this game!?!
Sometimes an attack on the Square of Doom is so strong that you're willing to sacrifice a whole bunch of material just to get it rolling! Amanda describes a sharp variation in which white sacrifices a whole Rook in order to pounce on the weakest square. Exciting!
You know how to attack the Weakest Square before the King has castled, but what do you do once he's tucked away safely behind his castle walls? Don't despair! Watch this video series to learn how to... Crush the Castle!
In the next episode of the Weakest Square, we see a disaster which befell Danny. Before he was an International Master playing in tough tournaments, he was a normal kid who loved playing in scholastic tournaments. And he's been through a few disasters along the road to mastery...
The tactics and tricks we are seeing are getting more complicated, but they still are all about the weakest square. Hopefully you are improving as you watch through these videos, and you can start to predict some of the cool attacks we are seeing, like this awesome queen sacrifice for checkmate!
Our exploration of the Weakest Square continues. Here you get to see one of the oldest and most famous queen sacrifices in all of chess. But while black captures the queen, the white pieces come together on the weakest square and soon checkmate the poor black king!
One of the most important things you need to know about in order to play the opening is The Square of Doooooom! Find out which square it is in this video, then stay tuned for more videos showing you all the ways this square can be used.