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How To Set a Sneaky Opening Trap!
  • How To Set a Sneaky Opening Trap!

  • Jonathan Corbblah 1 Sep 27, 2014 14047 Views 6 min
  • Can you give a pawn away for free on your very first move? Candidate Master Jonathan Corbblah says you can, if you’re sneaky about it. Learn how to use the normally unsound Englund Gambit against your opponents, who will probably not play perfectly against it. CM Mousetrap shows you the powerful moves to play if your opponent veers into your trap!
Think Before You Move That f-Pawn
  • Think Before You Move That f-Pawn

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 23, 2014 20732 Views 4 min
  • Do you need permission to move your f-pawn? FunMasterMike says you do! It’s dangerous to advance this pawn, and FM Klein explains exactly why. Moving your f-pawn opens up two scary diagonals that are best left closed in the opening. It also weakens the critical dark squares around your king. What if your opponent moves his f-pawn without permission? FM Klein shows you how to take advantage quickly and win the game.
Celebrate the Chess Fiesta!
  • Celebrate the Chess Fiesta!

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 20, 2014 8764 Views 8 min
  • Are you ready for the hardest chess game yet in the chess fiesta? FunMasterMike wants you to learn what to do to improve your pieces even AFTER they’ve developed. Finding the best squares and jobs for your already-developed pieces requires creativity and logical thinking, and FM Klein shows you how to do it.
Keeping the Tempo: The Chess Zoo! -- Part 2
  • Keeping the Tempo: The Chess Zoo! -- Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Sep 18, 2014 2959 Views 28 min
  • Resume your visit to the chess zoo in part two of this replay of FM Todd Andrews’ August 21 Keeping the Tempo broadcast. FM Andrews finishes up his analysis of an exciting Bobby Fischer Orangutan opening game, and shows how Fischer used it to mop up the competition in the 1960s. FM Andrews wraps up the show with a beautiful Wilhelm Steinitz game in the Bird Opening for the last stop on the zoo tour.
Invite Your Friends and Party! -- Part 2
  • Invite Your Friends and Party! -- Part 2

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 16, 2014 9152 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein continues his lesson on improving all your pieces (inviting all your friends to the party). FunMasterMike looks at an instructive David Bronstein game to illustrate the importance of getting all your pieces working for you — at almost any cost. Learn why getting active pieces is so crucial that it is unusually worth breaking other chess guidelines to achieve it.
Castling Catastrophes! -- Part 5
  • Castling Catastrophes! -- Part 5

  • Ross Colby 1 Sep 13, 2014 5686 Views 10 min
  • When is castling a terrible idea? Coach Skunkfrog gives you the warning signs that castling could become a catastrophe! Learn about the dangers of castling under a pseudo-pin, where the pinned piece can legally move, but only at great material loss. Coach Skunkfog shows you how to pile up the pressure on these pinned pieces to attack the castled king.
Invite Your Friends and Party!
  • Invite Your Friends and Party!

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 9, 2014 8991 Views 7 min
  • What should you do with your worst piece in a chess game? Improve it! FM Mike Klein kicks off a new video series with some powerful examples of piece improvement and how it can help your chess results. Just like your friends at a good party, all your pieces should be having fun. FunMasterMike shows you how to make that happen.
How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 3
  • How to Play Benzoo's Best Checkmates, Part 3

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Sep 6, 2014 3606 Views 6 min
  • In the third video of his series, GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. GM Finegold analyzes the most exciting checkmates from his youth in this instructional episode, and lets you know how he managed to set up the mating nets. Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the most important checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 16, Part 2
  • Your Games Analyzed! –- Show 16, Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Sep 4, 2014 2431 Views 34 min
  • FM Mike Klein reviews ChessKid.com member games in part two of a show broadcast live on August 21, 2014. Join FunMasterMike as he analyzes an exciting game from ChessKid.com contributor Claudia Munoz (chesscampeona) on her way to winning a national championship! Watch this video and find out how chesscampeona used a sharp Alekhine’s Defense to win as Black. The fun doesn’t stop there, as FM Klein reviews some more ChessKid games later in the show.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 4

  • FM FunMasterMike Sep 2, 2014 5404 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein shows you his favorite king-and-pawn endgame of all time in the final video of the series. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this definitely applies to the endgame at hand. Learn the shocking moves necessary to win this tricky four-pawn vs four-pawn endgame.
Controlling the Center, Part 3
  • Controlling the Center, Part 3

  • FM Alisa Melekhina 1 Aug 30, 2014 2489 Views 8 min
  • FM Alisa Melehina shows you a famous ancient game to teach one of the most important chess ideas of all: controlling the center. Learn how to seize control of the center in King’s Pawn Opening when your opponent plays inaccurate moves early on. FM Melehina demonstrates the power of developing your pieces with an eye toward the center for a fast win.
Your Games Analyzed! -– Show 16, Part 1
  • Your Games Analyzed! -– Show 16, Part 1

  • ChessKidTV Aug 28, 2014 2792 Views 26 min
  • FM Mike Klein analyzes ChessKid.com member games in part one of a show broadcast live on August 21, 2014. Join FunMasterMike as he selects his exciting tactic of the week. FM Klein also explains the crucial idea that active and developed pieces can be worth more than being down material. Watch this video and find out what the ChessKids did right and wrong in their openings, middle games, and endgames.
Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 3

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 26, 2014 4677 Views 7 min
  • Can FM Mike Klein trick you with just kings and pawns? Watch this third video of his endgame series to find out. FM Klein once again changes the position slightly to show how small differences in placement can mean big differences in results! Learn how to convert a king-and-pawn endgame with an extra pawn and FunMasterMike’s help.
How to Checkmate like Benzoo, Part 2
  • How to Checkmate like Benzoo, Part 2

  • GM Ben Finegold 1 Aug 23, 2014 4089 Views 8 min
  • GM Ben Finegold shows you the best checkmates of his career, and how to play them on the board. Watch this informative video to find out the secrets behind some of the most important checkmates in chess! It's the best move you can make.
Keeping the Tempo: Pigs on the 7th! -- Part 2
  • Keeping the Tempo: Pigs on the 7th! -- Part 2

  • ChessKidTV Aug 21, 2014 2352 Views 30 min
  • FM Todd Andrews hosts the latest episode of his live show “Keeping the Tempo with the Music City Master.” In this second 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 2
  • Tricks with Kings and Pawns! -- Part 2

  • FM FunMasterMike Aug 19, 2014 6222 Views 6 min
  • Uh-oh! FunMasterMike is reaching in his bag of tricks again! He takes the exact same ending from Part 1 and moves it down one rank, completely changing the answer in the process. How is it possible that the same formation can be so complicated? Watch this instructive explanation and you'll have a newfound appreciation for the proper way to calculate in the endgame!
Pawn Wedge Power: Score the Full Point! -- Part 5
  • Pawn Wedge Power: Score the Full Point! -- Part 5

  • Mike Amori 1 Aug 16, 2014 3953 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 2579 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 9265 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 4698 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 2201 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.