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The Weakest Square 11

The Weakest Square 11

FM FunMasterMike Aug 22, 2013 19454 Views 9 min
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!
Development Basics Part 1: Your King's Bishop!

Development Basics Part 1: Your King's Bishop!

IM Anna Zatonskih 1 Jul 8, 2013 7133 Views 9 min
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.
The Fried Liver 6: The Terrifying Traxler Attack!

The Fried Liver 6: The Terrifying Traxler Attack!

David Petty 1 Aug 16, 2011 10342 Views 16 min
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!
Crushing the Castle 11: ...One Stone at a Time!

Crushing the Castle 11: ...One Stone at a Time!

IM David Pruess 1 Apr 11, 2011 5266 Views 11 min
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!
The Weakest Square BONUS: A ChessKid's Great Game!

The Weakest Square BONUS: A ChessKid's Great Game!

David Petty 1 Mar 18, 2011 8419 Views 12 min
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!?!
The Weakest Square 9

The Weakest Square 9

Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 20, 2010 8160 Views 12 min
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!
The Weakest Square 2

The Weakest Square 2

IM David Pruess 1 Jul 3, 2010 10501 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!
The Weakest Square 8

The Weakest Square 8

IM Daniel Rensch Jun 25, 2010 7681 Views 10 min
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 Weakest Square 6

The Weakest Square 6

IM David Pruess 1 Jun 20, 2010 6969 Views 8 min
Usually, one of the best ways to cover the weakest square is to castle kingside, and let your rook defend f2 or f7. But don't relax just because you can castle-- disaster can still strike!
The Weakest Square 5

The Weakest Square 5

NM Andy Lee 1 Jun 18, 2010 7804 Views 8 min
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!
The Weakest Square 4

The Weakest Square 4

IM David Pruess 1 Jun 13, 2010 7892 Views 8 min
Next up for the student of the weakest square comes an example of how weak squares can lead to an incredible tangle of knight forks. Don't know what a knight fork is? You will after this one!
The Weakest Square 3

The Weakest Square 3

IM Daniel Rensch Jun 11, 2010 8469 Views 7 min
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!
The Weakest Square 1

The Weakest Square 1

David Petty 1 Apr 17, 2010 15516 Views 8 min
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.