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Pawn Wedge Power: Score the Full Point! -- Part 5
  • Pawn Wedge Power: Score the Full Point! -- Part 5

  • Mike Amori 1 Aug 16, 2014 3680 Views 15 min
  • Mike Amori shows you the power of the pawn wedge in part 5 of his series, “Score the Full Point!” Learn how to use this powerful endgame and middlegame concept to score a win in your own games. Try to get an advanced pawn wedge whenever you can, and the results will speak for themselves.
Keeping the Tempo: Pigs on the 7th! -- Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: Pigs on the 7th! -- Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Aug 14, 2014 2377 Views 25 min
  • FM Todd Andrews hosts the latest episode of his live show “Keeping the Tempo with the Music City Master.” In this first part of show’s replay, FM Andrews shows you the power of rooks on the seventh rank -- or pigs on the seventh, as he calls them. Learn the tremendous appetite these pigs on the seventh have for opposing pawns, pieces, and even kings!
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 1
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 1

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 12, 2014 8183 Views 6 min
  • Watch out for those tricky king and pawn endgames! In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you how slight changes to the position in these endgames can mean huge differences in the correct way to win. Learn how to convert a king and pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike’s help.
Famous Checkmate Patterns! -- Part 2
  • Famous Checkmate Patterns! -- Part 2

  • FM Todd Andrews 1 Aug 9, 2014 4422 Views 10 min
  • FM Todd Andrews shows you one of the most famous attacking patterns you need to know! Learn how the bishop and knight work together, forming a deadly combo to mate the opposing king. Todd reviews examples from his own games to illustrate the power of this attacking pattern.
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 15 -- Part 2
  • Your Games Analyzed! Show 15 -- Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Aug 7, 2014 2019 Views 21 min
  • FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part two of a show broadcast live on July 24, 2014. Join FunMasterMike as he explains the best use of “the snow plow” by a ChessKid! Also, find out what the ChessKids did right and wrong in their openings, middle games, and endgames.
Use Your Snow Plow, Part 5
  • Use Your Snow Plow, Part 5

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 5, 2014 4220 Views 11 min
  • FM Mike Klein wraps up the snow plow series with this final game, an attacking masterpiece by GM Alex Shabalov. Learn how Shabalov beats the snow plow once and for all by using his lead in development in this exciting video.
How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 1
  • How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 1

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Aug 2, 2014 4494 Views 7 min
  • GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. GM Benzoo starts with a game from when he was a kid himself! Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the best checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
Your Games Analyzed!  Show 15 -- Part 1
  • Your Games Analyzed! Show 15 -- Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Jul 31, 2014 1911 Views 28 min
  • FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in a show broadcast live on July 24, 2014. Join FunMasterMike as he explains the best attacking game of the week. Find out what the ChessKids did right and wrong in their openings, middlegames, and endgames.
Use Your Snow Plow - Part 4
  • Use Your Snow Plow - Part 4

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 29, 2014 4435 Views 10 min
  • In parts 1-3 you saw how to advance your Snow Plow, now FunMasterMike is going to show you how to blockade it! Sure, the Four Pawns Attack looks scary, but every pawn move makes a bigger piece sad. Watch how Black develops and destroys the center, then hunts down White's king and weak back rank. As always, our tactical ChessKid geniuses will love the fun that results!
Castling Catastrophes! - Part 4
  • Castling Catastrophes! - Part 4

  • Ross Colby 1 Jul 26, 2014 4257 Views 13 min
  • Sometimes castling actually brings your king into danger, rather than taking him to safety. What's the biggest warning sign? If you've opened up a file, make sure that castling doesn't tempt your opponent's rooks to come after you. Today Skunkfrog shows you a perfect example of this, complete with a checkmate in 5. Learn his idea, and also stay until the end to find his long mating pattern!
Controlling the Center - Part 2
  • Controlling the Center - Part 2

  • FM Alisa Melekhina 1 Jul 24, 2014 4891 Views 10 min
  • Talk about some fun tactics! FM Alisa Melekhina is back to show ChessKids how powerful your army can be if you place pieces in the center of the board. She's got forks, pins and discovered attacks coming from every direction. It's like a real-life version of the ChessKid puzzles! So watch this video a few times, then go practice your puzzles, and you'll be recording videos for us in no time!
Use Your Snow Plow - Part 3
  • Use Your Snow Plow - Part 3

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 22, 2014 5885 Views 9 min
  • The strongest snow plow in the world isn't shoveling snow - its being used by a world champion to crush his opponent! Watch GM Vladimir Kramnik slowly get his two center pawns all the way to the 7th rank together. That takes talent and teamwork! Watch and learn how you can make sure your snow plow doesn't get stuck or run out of gas!
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 3
  • Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 3

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jul 19, 2014 3823 Views 8 min
  • Want to win in 13 moves against an Expert as Black? Impossible you say? Not here on ChessKid! GM Benzoo develops quickly and, more importantly, has all of his pieces work toward a common goal. As you can guess, it was all too much for White. They call this opening the Giuoco Piano - "The Quiet Game" - but there was nothing quiet about how our grandmaster attacked!
Famous Checkmate Patterns! - Part 1
  • Famous Checkmate Patterns! - Part 1

  • FM Todd Andrews 1 Jul 17, 2014 3925 Views 10 min
  • If the dictionary had a listing for "minor piece harmony" it would surely be this game by Garry Kasparov! Watch the knight and bishop team up like peanut butter and jelly to put Black's king in a checkmate sandwhich! Coach Todd has plenty of quiz positions for you so make sure to pause when he wants you to do a big think. You also get to learn what Kasparov's favorite move is - what's yours?
Use Your Snow Plow - Part 2
  • Use Your Snow Plow - Part 2

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 15, 2014 6372 Views 7 min
  • It's snowing again! Hard to believe in summer, we know. Let's break out the snow plow again - today FunMasterMike shows you how to create one from e4/e5 openings. The power of the two-pawn tandem is in full force when the black knights are forced to scatter. What an absolute crusher as White steamrolls, or rather plows over the black king!
Score the Full Point! - Part 4
  • Score the Full Point! - Part 4

  • Mike Amori 1 Jul 12, 2014 4051 Views 15 min
  • What's the "visor" and the "chin rest"? Mr. A describes what tournament chess players should look like when they training and studying for tournaments. Today you'll need an actual chess set to watch his video. If you want to be a grandmaster, you have to look like one!
Keeping the Tempo: The Curse of Joseph Blackburne! - Part 1
  • Keeping the Tempo: The Curse of Joseph Blackburne! - Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Jul 10, 2014 1991 Views 31 min
  • Who was this guy in the long black coat? It's not a mystery novel, it's a chess player. Today the MusicCityMaster reveals the mythic figure and his chess brilliance. Watch carefully at the opening tactic and you'll be ready for the big reveal at the end of this section! The Rolling Stones say to Paint it Black, but we know they really meant "Blackburne"!
Use Your Snow Plow - Part 1
  • Use Your Snow Plow - Part 1

  • FM FunMasterMike Jul 8, 2014 9731 Views 8 min
  • Summer time is perfect for playing in the snow?! Well, it is the perfect time to learn about the chess version of snow plows! Watch and see FunMasterMike's term for a popular concept that is important from beginner to master. You'll also see what mistake many kids have made against him. Learn it now so you can avoid it when you play him live on Friday nights on ChessKid.com!
Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 2
  • Benzoo's Black Brilliancies - Part 2

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Jul 5, 2014 3059 Views 8 min
  • How about some Fourth of July fireworks? Today former World Champion Boris Spassky beats a top-five player in about 20 moves! GM Benzoo proves that lack of development, center control and king safety leads to doom, no matter who you are. Black offers a few pieces to marshal his brave pawn down the board, and White's pieces are left watching as it reaches the other side of the battlefield!
Your Games Analyzed! – Show 14 - Part 1
  • Your Games Analyzed! – Show 14 - Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Jul 3, 2014 1812 Views 31 min
  • The MusicCityMaster filled in for FunMasterMike in June! Watch the musical version of Your Games Analyzed, where you'll see a master class on isolated queen pawns with a good bass beat. In general, if the pawn is allowed to advance, that spells trouble. Even attempts to win the pawn outright can lead to spectacular tactics. Watch and become an "IQP Master"!