Beginner

The Rook
  • The Rook

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 93063 Views 5 min
  • Today ChessKids, we learn how to move the chess pieces! FM Mike Klein begins with a powerful, simple piece: the rook!
The Bishop
  • The Bishop

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 31447 Views 6 min
  • FM Mike Klein teaches you how to move the tricky bishop and what the crazy and weird word, "diagonal," means!
The Queen
  • The Queen

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 33723 Views 7 min
  • FM Mike Klein shows you which two pieces combine to make the super-powerful queen and tests your newfound knowledge with some exercises where you have to think ahead!
The King
  • The King

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 26459 Views 3 min
  • By now you know how the queen moves, but what about her husband, the king?! He's not as fast, but he's still super-important as FM Mike Klein explains!
The Knight
  • The Knight

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 25220 Views 4 min
  • The knights can be tricky pieces, hopping all around the chessboard! FM Mike Klein explains the mysterious movements of these pet horses (just don't call them horses; they are proud to be tricky knights!)
The Pawn
  • The Pawn

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 1, 2017 25566 Views 5 min
  • This video is all about the little guys! FM Mike Klein demystifies the pawns. You get eight of these small but tricky guys so you'd better use them well!
Smash Your Opponent's Castle
  • Smash Your Opponent's Castle

  • WFM Alexandra Botez 1 Jul 20, 2016 71032 Views 6 min
  • WFM Alexandra Botez makes her ChessKid video debut on an exciting topic in chess: how to attack the enemy king after it’s castled. Learn how to tear down the castle walls in this fun lesson, then try to use the attacking ideas in your own games.
Underpromotion
  • Underpromotion

  • FM FunMasterMike Jun 1, 2016 63031 Views 8 min
  • Everyone knows that when a pawn reaches the end of the board, you get a new queen, right? Except when you don’t. FM Mike Klein shows you some crazy reasons why you would want a different piece instead.
Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs
  • Advanced Pawn Breakthroughs

  • FM FunMasterMike Apr 2, 2016 43546 Views 10 min
  • Pawns are the soul of chess, so you need to learn a lot about them. FM Mike Klein teaches you about advanced pawn breakthroughs, which you can use to cap off an exciting game and get the win.
Bishop vs Knight
  • Bishop vs Knight

  • IM Daniel Rensch Mar 5, 2016 43759 Views 8 min
  • It’s the age-old question in chess — which piece is better, the bishop or the knight? Even though both are worth three points on paper, IM Rensch will show you that sometimes one is much better than the other. It’s up to you to decide when in your own games.
7th Rank Power: Rooks In The Middlegame
  • 7th Rank Power: Rooks In The Middlegame

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 13, 2016 28485 Views 8 min
  • We saw the power of rooks on the seventh rank in the endgame (last video), but did you know they’re just as powerful there in the middlegame? GM Simon Williams shows you just how much damage these beasts on the seventh can do.
7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame
  • 7th Rank Power: Rooks in the Endgame

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Feb 6, 2016 25944 Views 8 min
  • Where is the best place you can put your rook in a game of chess? Usually, it’s on the seventh (or second) rank, where the rook is a real monster, says GM Simon Williams in his latest lesson. The rook only realizes its full power in the endgame when you put it on this ideal row, where it gobbles up pawns and restricts the enemy king.
More On Isolated Pawns
  • More On Isolated Pawns

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 30, 2016 35581 Views 8 min
  • Isolated pawns are a very important part of chess strategy, and FM Mike Klein is here to teach you everything you need to know about these pawns without neighbors on either file. While isolated pawns can lead to some exciting attacks in the middlegame, they are often big weaknesses later in the game, and FunMasterMike explains exactly how to destroy them. Learn why you should usually avoid these isolated pawn structures, and the exception to this rule.
Destroying The Defender
  • Destroying The Defender

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 23, 2016 28975 Views 7 min
  • GM Simon Williams shows his disdain for defenders when they get in the way of his attack. If you have “double power” in a line on the chessboard, it’s time to look for ways to remove any defender guarding your target square. You can safely give up as much material as you want, as long as you expose the enemy king and checkmate him.
Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing
  • Pawn Breakthroughs On The Wing

  • FM FunMasterMike Jan 16, 2016 28075 Views 8 min
  • What’s the best place to break your pawns through to the end of the board? The wing, says FM Mike Klein. it’s so valuable to get a pawn to score a touchdown, it’s worth giving some other pawns away — and often this is the key to victory. Can you solve the tricky — and the most famous — beginners’ pawn endgame puzzle? Find out in this fun lesson.
Deflecting The Defender
  • Deflecting The Defender

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 2, 2016 21857 Views 9 min
  • You want to attack in chess, but your opponent has defenses. What can you do? GM Simon Williams teaches you an important way to break through defense in chess — by deflecting the guard away from its post. Learn how to use this powerful tactic to distract the enemy king’s guardians and move in for the checkmate.
Queen And Knight Battering Rams
  • Queen And Knight Battering Rams

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 28, 2015 30817 Views 8 min
  • GM Simon Williams is back with more fun lessons on the damage you can do in chess when you just point your pieces at the same square. Learn how the queen and knight work together to form a unique and dangerous combo. These two pieces team up to control a huge swath of key squares and can demolish the enemy king.
More Secrets Of The Battering Ram
  • More Secrets Of The Battering Ram

  • GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 21, 2015 27785 Views 7 min
  • GM Williams continues his lesson on chess battering rams, which are powerful ways to smash through to your opponent's king and send him packing. Find out the best way to coordinate your pieces to work together in this fun video.