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Queen Endings

Queen Endings

FM FunMasterMike Dec 5, 2018 13945 Views 9 min
How can queens dance in the ending to make a second queen? Learn all about how to try to win, or defend, in queen-and-pawn endings. Make sure you watch until the end to see a gigantic grandmaster mistake!
Pawnless Endings

Pawnless Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 29, 2018 42052 Views 10 min
No pawns does not mean no brains! Watch and learn some key endgames without promotions: R vs N, R vs B, R+B vs R, Q vs B, Q vs N, and Q vs R! Whew, that's a lot of stuff to learn!
Common Rook Endings

Common Rook Endings

FM FunMasterMike Sep 14, 2018 30569 Views 8 min
Rooks are like cockroaches -- they'll survive under any conditions! But where do they like to crawl in the endgame? Watch and see how to win or draw the four most common rook endings!
Perpetual Check

Perpetual Check

FM FunMasterMike Aug 17, 2018 31407 Views 8 min
It may be impossible to build a perpetual motion machine, but in chess, all things are possible! Watch the learn how you can save a lost position by checking your opponent over and over and over and over and....
Stalemate Tricks

Stalemate Tricks

FM FunMasterMike Jul 16, 2018 40553 Views 9 min
So you're completely lost, huh? Wait! Don't resign! There may just be one last trick in the bag. Watch and see how you might be able to save a horrible position, sometimes by sending your pieces over the waterfall!
Opening Traps

Opening Traps

FM FunMasterMike Jun 13, 2018 45500 Views 10 min
There are no guarantees in life, but there is in chess! FunMasterMike promises you'll win some chess games just by memorizing these common opening mistakes. Watch and learn six different tricks in 10 minutes!
Destroying Pawn Shelter

Destroying Pawn Shelter

FM FunMasterMike May 23, 2018 42644 Views 9 min
Think castling makes your king safe forever? Think again! FunMasterMike shows how to "hook" your opponent and invade the enemy castle with some well-time sacrifices!
Space Advantages

Space Advantages

FM FunMasterMike May 4, 2018 49801 Views 8 min
Ready for some space exploration? ChessKid blasts off, showing kids why having more room for your pieces is a good thing, and how to play "slowly" when you enjoy all the space!
Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis

FM FunMasterMike Apr 19, 2018 38233 Views 7 min
One of the biggest words in chess is often carried out by the smallest pieces! Watch how pawns, and other members of your army, can stop your opponent's plans, in a process we call "prophylaxis"!
Maneuvering

Maneuvering

FM FunMasterMike Mar 21, 2018 44971 Views 8 min
Sometimes you have to go backward instead of forward, as FunMasterMike shows with examples from every piece of the chess board. You'll also see why he's not prepared to host a nature show!
Opposite Colored Bishops

Opposite Colored Bishops

FM FunMasterMike Mar 6, 2018 51200 Views 9 min
When bishops control opposite colors, they aren't just two ships passing in the night. The bishops are actually unrivaled dominators, if you know how to use them in the middlegame and endgame!
Rook Lifts

Rook Lifts

FM FunMasterMike Feb 20, 2018 47454 Views 9 min
Can rooks climb stairs? They can today! Watch and see how rooks can become your BFF, even when there's no open files to use. Bring them up and over and they'll be shouting with joy!
Trapped Pieces

Trapped Pieces

FM FunMasterMike Jan 7, 2018 57409 Views 7 min
What happens when a piece runs low on squares? It's time to put him in the coffin! Often, these "traps" happen on the edge of the board, but not always. Watch and see many examples of queens and other pieces getting squeezed!
Opposite Sides Castling

Opposite Sides Castling

FM FunMasterMike Dec 26, 2017 45015 Views 11 min
Never has one move been so important! When the kings go their own way and castle differently, it's a race to make an all-out attack before your own king is mated. Do you have the speed to win?
Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

Advanced Opening Principles: Part 1

FM FunMasterMike Dec 4, 2017 43488 Views 8 min
What happens when one side focuses on development while the other side forgets? It's a comedy for the first side but a tragedy for the other! Watch this and other advanced opening ideas -- maybe you can also win some quick points!
Mysterious Moves

Mysterious Moves

FM FunMasterMike Nov 29, 2017 38852 Views 8 min
Can you play chess detective? Part of being a good chess player is getting inside the head of your opponent, even when "weird" moves are played. Watch and learn how to spot the clues that will help you solve the puzzling positions!