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Castling!
  • Castling!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 25, 2015 21435 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.
Rook Roller!
  • Rook Roller!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2015 19342 Views 4 min
  • So you know how to mate with a queen, but what if you have a couple of rooks instead? Don’t worry — it’s even easier! FM Mike Klein shows you an ironclad technique for achieving this basic checkmate. Watch this video and get those rooks rolling in your own endgames.
King And Queen Mate!
  • King And Queen Mate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 18, 2015 32690 Views 9 min
  • What’s one of the most common checkmates in the game? The king and queen mate, of course. FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how to mate with this combination, building a fence to contain the enemy king. Learn how to use the king and queen together to force checkmate and win the game.
Help Needed!
  • Help Needed!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 14, 2015 28313 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 24596 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 21771 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 19404 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.
Stop Copying Me Again!
  • Stop Copying Me Again!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Feb 28, 2015 20758 Views 9 min
  • The Four Knights Opening is extremely popular, especially in youth chess. But what should you do if your opponent keeps copying your moves in this opening? Learn how to take advantage of some tricky positions if your opponent won’t stop mirroring your moves! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!
  • When To Trade Pieces 2: To Simplify!

  • Amanda Mateer 1 Feb 25, 2015 12773 Views 8 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. In this video, learn how to trade pieces to simplify the position and press your advantage. Remember to take our ChessKid lesson on square counting in the related links.
The Immortal Pin Game!
  • The Immortal Pin Game!

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 21, 2015 15184 Views 9 min
  • If FM Mike Klein’s said it once, he’s said it 100 times: put pressure on the pinned piece! FM Klein shows you the immortal pin game in this fun and educational video. Count the pins along with FunMasterMike and learn how to use them to your advantage to win material and games. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: The Old Pony
  • The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly: The Old Pony

  • IM Daniel Rensch Feb 18, 2015 13769 Views 9 min
  • Knights can jump right over pieces, but they can still get in the way of their teammates! IM Daniel Rensch is back with another example of a chess piece who swallowed a fly — blocking in its own army. Learn how to avoid common opening blunders by following the simple rule of never blocking in your own pieces. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
Even Crazier Knights Of 2015!
  • Even Crazier Knights Of 2015!

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 14, 2015 23776 Views 8 min
  • Watching a video on ChessKid paid off big time for one student, who used FM Mike Klein’s previous video on crazy knights to win a game. Now FM Mike Klein is back to review that ChessKid’s game and to show you the most insane knights he’s ever seen! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
Lock The Door And Throw Away The Key!
  • Lock The Door And Throw Away The Key!

  • GM Eugene Perelshteyn 1 Feb 11, 2015 13311 Views 10 min
  • How can locking your own king away help you? Don’t worry, GM Eugene Perelshteyn explains it all for you. Learn how to save otherwise lost games with this beautiful trick! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on stalemate in the related links.
Welcome To ChessKid Version 3
  • Welcome To ChessKid Version 3

  • FM FunMasterMike Feb 7, 2015 12876 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.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly -- Part 2
  • The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly -- Part 2

  • IM Daniel Rensch Feb 4, 2015 13042 Views 4 min
  • Queens aren’t the only pieces that can block in their teammates. Bishops can be the ones swallowing flies, too, as IM Daniel Rensch explains with an old song. You don’t want to treat your bishop like an oversized pawn, do you? Watch this video to find out where not to put your piece. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
Stop Copying Me!
  • Stop Copying Me!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Jan 31, 2015 22227 Views 6 min
  • Do you get annoyed when your opponent copies your moves? You don’t have to! Just use these simple tricks to make your opponents wish they never even dreamed of copying you. Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly
  • The Chess Piece Who Swallowed A Fly

  • IM Daniel Rensch Jan 28, 2015 13823 Views 5 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!
Loose Pieces Drop Off!
  • Loose Pieces Drop Off!

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 24, 2015 22509 Views 7 min
  • What happens to loose pieces? You'll find out in this video, where GM Ben Finegold shows you example after example of what can happen if you leave your pieces undefended. Learn how to avoid getting forked early in the game with the simple idea of LPDO: loose pieces drop off! Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
Exposed King + Unprotected Piece = Winning Material!
  • Exposed King + Unprotected Piece = Winning Material!

  • FM Todd Andrews 1 Jan 17, 2015 9536 Views 8 min
  • Everyone wants to win material in chess, but how do you do it? FM Todd Andrews gives you a surefire formula to win pieces in certain positions. Any time your opponent has both an exposed king and an undefended piece, it’s time to win some material! Don’t forget to take the ChessKid lesson on tactics in the related links.
Keeping the Tempo: Where To Attack -- Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: Where To Attack -- Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Jan 15, 2015 10488 Views 21 min
  • FM Todd Andrews is back with another edition of Keeping the Tempo, and this time he tells you exactly where you should attack in a chess game. To demonstrate this important concept, FM Andrews chooses two informative games and a few relevant songs to complement the lesson. Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on checkmate in the related links!
Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian
  • Checkmating The Black King In The Sicilian

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jan 13, 2015 21691 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.