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Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian
  • Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 13, 2015 19230 Views 10 min
  • What’s the ultimate goal of chess? Checkmate! Learn how to achieve mate in one of the most important openings in chess, the Sicilian Defense. GM Benzoo shows you that sometimes, development is more important than material, especially when both sides are on the attack. Don’t forget to take our ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
2014 -- A Year Of Strange Knights!
  • 2014 -- A Year Of Strange Knights!

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 10, 2015 12636 Views 9 min
  • FunMasterMike’s favorite piece is the knight, and he’ll show you why in this video of the best knight moves of 2014. Learn how this tricky piece hops around the board, creating all kinds of crazy cavalry tactics. If you can find the winning move in the last game shown, you’ll really impress FunMasterMike.
Endgame Special! Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 17, Part 1
  • Endgame Special! Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 17, Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Jan 8, 2015 6014 Views 32 min
  • FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show originally broadcast live on September 18, 2014. Hope you like endgames, ChessKids, because FM Mike Klein is making this show an endgame special. After warming up with two easy puzzles, FM Klein dives into the seriously fun business of endgame analysis. When you’re done watching, try a match vs. the ChessKid computer in a two-bishop mate.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed a Fly -- Part 1
  • The Chess Piece Who Swallowed a Fly -- Part 1

  • IM Daniel Rensch Jan 6, 2015 9065 Views 6 min
  • What happens when a chess piece swallows a fly? IM Daniel Rensch shows you how players make this common beginner’s mistake. The error of blocking your own pieces creates a cascade of more blockages, reminding IM Rensch of the famous children’s song about an old lady who swallowed a fly. Stick around for IM Rensch’s spoken-word chess rendition of the classic Burl Ives song. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
You've Snuck One By Me For The Last Time!
  • You've Snuck One By Me For The Last Time!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Jan 3, 2015 10405 Views 4 min
  • How do you deal with one of the sneakiest opening traps White can play? Coach Mousetrap shows you how to handle it no matter what White does. Learn how sometimes the best way to answer a fork is with a fork of your own! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
Bobby Fischer And The Chess Zoo!
  • Bobby Fischer And The Chess Zoo!

  • ChessKidTV Jan 1, 2015 7441 Views 27 min
  • When was your last visit to the chess zoo? Let FM Todd Andrews take you on safari in part one of this replay of his Keeping the Tempo broadcast. FM Andrews shows you two Bobby Fischer games with the exciting Orangutan opening -- 1. b4!? Learn how Fischer used this crazy opening to beat all comers in his simultaneous exhibitions in the early 1960s.
How To Play The Fried Liver Attack
  • How To Play The Fried Liver Attack

  • David Petty 1 Dec 30, 2014 24503 Views 10 min
  • What do you get when you combine delicious breakfast food with one of the most feared openings of the 1800s? The Fried Liver Attack, of course! In this introductory video, find out what the Fried Liver Attack is and how it can spell grisly doom for the unprepared black player without precise defense.
Even Bigger Dangers Of Moving The f-Pawn!
  • Even Bigger Dangers Of Moving The f-Pawn!

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 27, 2014 13369 Views 7 min
  • By now you should know that moving your f-pawn haphazardly can be a big mistake. FM Mike Klein shows you exactly why in this final video in his f-pawn series, where we see FunMasterMike demolish his opponent who moved his f-pawn. Learn the amazing trick FM Klein used to gain more than enough compensation for a nice positional queen sacrifice. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 20, Part 2
  • Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 20, Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Dec 25, 2014 3131 Views 31 min
  • FM Todd Andrews reviews some educational member games in part two of this live show originally broadcast on Nov. 23. If you like attacking tactical games, you will love this video. FM Andrews walks you through a sharp and exciting battle between two ChessKids. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
When To Trade Pieces 1: To Get Ahead
  • When To Trade Pieces 1: To Get Ahead

  • Amanda Mateer 1 Dec 23, 2014 11338 Views 11 min
  • It’s one of the most important questions in chess: when do you trade pieces? Coach Amanda lets you know when it’s a good idea to exchange your pieces, and when it’s not. Start with a refresher course on the value of the pieces, then jump onto the trading floor! Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.
Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!
  • Watch Out For Rook vs Passed Pawns!

  • FM Todd Andrews 1 Dec 20, 2014 12041 Views 6 min
  • When do a couple of connected passed pawns beat a rook? When they reach the sixth rank! FM MusicCityMaster shows you the critical positions you need to know in this common endgame theme. When you’re done, try to play a pawn-only endgame against the computer in the related links.
Your Games Analyzed! -– Show 20, Part 1
  • Your Games Analyzed! -– Show 20, Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Dec 18, 2014 3044 Views 27 min
  • FM Todd Andrews reviews some educational member games in part one of this live show originally broadcast on Nov. 23. FM Andrews analyzes a very nice king’s-pawn game between two ChessKids in the first portion of the night’s show. Learn the key ideas when both players push their e-pawns to fight for central control in the opening, and how to smoothly transition to the next phases of the game. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
When Anish Giri Was A ChessKid!
  • When Anish Giri Was A ChessKid!

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 13, 2014 5339 Views 5 min
  • Anish Giri is one of the strongest players in the world, and he is on the rise fast. But Giri was once a young ChessKid, too. FM Mike Klein takes a look at two amazing Giri games when he was just 11. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links.
Keeping the Tempo: Attack The Line -- Part 2
  • Keeping the Tempo: Attack The Line -- Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Dec 11, 2014 3725 Views 34 min
  • In this show, FM Todd Andrews teaches you how to attack on an important line — a file, a rank, or a diagonal. Learn how to attack on the crucial f-file in part two of a replay of FM Andrews’ Keeping the Tempo show. Check out the related links for FM Mike Klein’s video on not moving your f-pawn!
Magnus' First Moves
  • Magnus' First Moves

  • IM PlayfulSquirrel 1 Dec 9, 2014 18020 Views 13 min
  • How good was Magnus Carlsen when he was just nine years old? Find out in this video, as IM PlayfulSquirrel reviews one of Carlsen’s earliest games. Check out the related links for your chance to play Carlsen yourself!
More Extreme f-pawn Disasters!
  • More Extreme f-pawn Disasters!

  • FM FunMasterMike Dec 6, 2014 15555 Views 6 min
  • Did you think that FM Mike Klein was out of f-pawn disasters? You’d better think again. FunMasterMike is back with yet more lessons on why moving that f-pawn might be a bad idea. Despite that warning, will FM Klein finally give you his permission to move your f-pawn? Watch to find out! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on opening principles in the related links.
Keeping the Tempo: Attack The Line -- Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: Attack The Line -- Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Dec 4, 2014 4559 Views 25 min
  • In this show, FM Todd Andrews teaches you how to attack on an important line — a file, a rank, or a diagonal. FM Andrews shows how giving up a piece can be worthwhile if it opens up lines to the enemy king. Learn a lot about attacking chess — and a little about music, too — in part one of a replay of FM Andrews’ Keeping the Tempo show.
The Deadly Decoy!
  • The Deadly Decoy!

  • GM Eugene Perelshteyn 1 Dec 2, 2014 7820 Views 9 min
  • Can you name one of the most common yet devastating tactics in chess? We won’t be coy. It’s the decoy. Decoys lure an opposing piece to a bad square that allows you to play a winning tactic. Learn all about decoys with GM Eugene Perelshteyn, and see if you can solve his decoy puzzles in the video. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links!
Don't Stop Being Sneaky! Here's Another Opening Trap!
  • Don't Stop Being Sneaky! Here's Another Opening Trap!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Nov 29, 2014 13407 Views 3 min
  • If you like fun traps in common openings, you don’t want to miss this video. Mousetrap shows you a sneaky trap you can use if your opponent gets greedy in one of the most popular openings, the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Learn how to make Black pay if he foolishly tries to keep his extra pawn. Don’t forget to take our ChessKid lesson on opening principles in the related links.
Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 19, Part 2
  • Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 19, Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Nov 27, 2014 2980 Views 21 min
  • FM Todd Andrews reviews some educational member games in part two of this live show originally broadcast on Oct. 23. Learn how to play a hypermodern opening with Black when White breaks an opening rule. Find out how to avoid the “color complex,” or putting too many pawns or pieces on the same color square, weakening the other color. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.