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The Funniest Game In The World!
  • The Funniest Game In The World!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Apr 25, 2015 19717 Views 7 min
  • What's the funniest chess game ever? Coach Jonathan Corbblah shows you an absurd game so you can learn - and laugh. Have you ever heard of the garbage can move? You will after this video.
Hanging Pieces!
  • Hanging Pieces!

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 22, 2015 20400 Views 5 min
  • What's the most common tactical mistake in beginner chess? Hanging pieces, of course. FM Mike Klein explains what it means for a piece to be hanging, and how to avoid losing your own pieces. Don't forget to try the ChessKid puzzles trainer in the related links.
King Of Fast Chess: GeorgeTiger
  • King Of Fast Chess: GeorgeTiger

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 18, 2015 16073 Views 8 min
  • How did the ChessKid GeorgeTiger become a king of fast chess? FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how he did it in an exciting comeback game. Don't miss FM Klein finally give you permission to move your f-pawn in the middlegame! When you're done watching, try your luck with an extra knight in our computer workout.
More First Moves
  • More First Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 15, 2015 18648 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein told you the goals of the opening, but how do you get there? The answer is development. Learn how to bring your pieces out in the correct order and to the correct squares in this important lesson. Find out what happens if you try to be a hero too early with the queen, a common mistake in the opening.
First Moves
  • First Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 11, 2015 24569 Views 6 min
  • Every chess game begins with the opening - but what moves should you play? FM Mike Klein shows you the fundamentals behind the ideas of good openings, so you know why to play them, not just how. Learn how important controlling the center is in a chess game, and apply that lesson to your choice of first moves.
CompleteTent: The Comeback King
  • CompleteTent: The Comeback King

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 8, 2015 17601 Views 7 min
  • One of the best qualities to have as a chess player is never giving up. Here FM Mike Klein shows you how one ChessKid made a courageous comeback in the endgame that you don't want to miss. Learn how to fight on when the odds are stacked against you and save a game.
Back Rank Mate!
  • Back Rank Mate!

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 4, 2015 21112 Views 7 min
  • Castling is a great move, but there is one issue you should know about after you do it - your back rank. FM Mike Klein explains what makes the back rank so important, how to checkmate on it, and how to avoid being mated there.
The Best Kings Of Fast Chess!
  • The Best Kings Of Fast Chess!

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 1, 2015 14981 Views 8 min
  • FM Mike Klein reviews ChessKid contest winner CompleteTent's submitted game, and it happens to be a perfect example for a bunch of other ChessKid video lessons. Using the snow plow, taking en passant, picking up loose pieces, and placing your knight on the wrong square - all these ideas come together in a very instructive game. Don't forget to watch the related videos in the links below.
Special Pawn Moves
  • Special Pawn Moves

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 28, 2015 24792 Views 8 min
  • Pawns are the most common chess piece, but did you know they also have some very special moves? FM Mike Klein explains everything you need to know about promotion and en passant, two exciting rules you need to know about. If you've ever wondered what happens when a pawn reaches the end of the board, this video is for you.
Castling!
  • Castling!

  • FM FunMasterMike Mar 25, 2015 24290 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 21311 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 35838 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 30690 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 26635 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 23010 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 20494 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 21985 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 13335 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 16035 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 14445 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 25029 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.