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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!
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?
King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory

King Of Puzzles: vs GameTheory

FM FunMasterMike Jan 18, 2017 58679 Views 6 min
FM Mike Klein takes on the third and final King Of Puzzles champion in this video. GameTheory plays some great ideas, but FunMasterMike shows some places he could improve in the classic French Defense.
Attacking The Castled King

Attacking The Castled King

FM FunMasterMike Nov 16, 2016 54722 Views 11 min
By now ChessKids, your opponents certainly know enough to castle and make their king safe! How can you mate them once they do that? Well, FM Mike Klein has some helpful hints that are sure to point you in the right direction.
Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

Judit Polgar's Chess Festival 2016

FM FunMasterMike Nov 2, 2016 48472 Views 9 min
The annual U.S.A. vs Hungary match that's part of the Global Chess Festival pits the best ChessKids in these two countries against each other. This year, the U.S.A. team won by only one half-point. FM Mike Klein shows all the tricks and traps at play!
The Windmill

The Windmill

FM FunMasterMike Apr 30, 2016 50914 Views 7 min
The windmill is probably the most powerful tactic in chess, and it can leave your opponent helpless. FM Mike Klein teaches you how to set up this devastating attack. Make sure you watch till the end, because you won’t believe the final position FunMasterMike sets up for you.
Quick Mates and Traps

Quick Mates and Traps

FM FunMasterMike Apr 16, 2016 50620 Views 9 min
Want to be able to win a chess game in a few moves? More important, do you want to avoid losing quickly? This is the lesson for you. FM Mike Klein shows you some quick traps and mates to look for in your games.
Queen vs Pawn

Queen vs Pawn

FM FunMasterMike Feb 27, 2016 52105 Views 9 min
Hey, ChessKids, did FunMasterMike mess up and set up the board backwards? Nope! It’s just time for another promotion lesson. In this video, FM Mike Klein shows you what happens when one side gets a queen just before the other can promote his pawn. Can the queen win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Destroying The Defender

Destroying The Defender

GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 23, 2016 31138 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.
Deflecting The Defender

Deflecting The Defender

GM Simon Williams 1 Jan 2, 2016 22783 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.
King Of Puzzles: vs MasterEthan

King Of Puzzles: vs MasterEthan

FM FunMasterMike Dec 19, 2015 31312 Views 7 min
FM Mike Klein plays his final game against a ChessKid puzzles contest winner, closing out the series with a tilt against “MasterEthan.” See how Ethan does against FunMasterMike in a Scotch game, an enjoyable opening to play for both sides. Watch how FM Mike almost lost the game before he thought better. Don’t forget to try your hand at the ChessKid puzzles in the related links.
Queen And Knight Battering Rams

Queen And Knight Battering Rams

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 28, 2015 32787 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 29808 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.
Secrets Of The Battering Ram

Secrets Of The Battering Ram

GM Simon Williams 1 Nov 14, 2015 31271 Views 7 min
How do you break through to win in a chess game? Use a battering ram. GM Simon Williams makes his ChessKid video debut with a fun lesson on this important chess weapon. Learn how to burst through to the opponent's castled king and deliver checkmate with Simon's battering ram.
How To Plan

How To Plan

FM FunMasterMike Oct 31, 2015 35624 Views 8 min
Hey, what's your plan, ChessKids? FM Mike Klein gives you three important things to focus on in all your chess games: checks, captures, and threats. Let FunMasterMike teach you why should never make a move without looking for these three forcing ideas.
Calculating Tactics

Calculating Tactics

FM FunMasterMike Oct 24, 2015 35031 Views 8 min
When is a chess player like a calculator? Well, hopefully, all the time. FM Mike Klein explains how to calculate in your games, which is the most important skill to have in chess. Learn how to use the clues of the chessboard to solve tactical puzzles you might not have seen otherwise.
Tactics: Zugzwang!

Tactics: Zugzwang!

FM FunMasterMike Sep 12, 2015 44554 Views 8 min
What happens in chess when you have no good moves? It's called zugzwang, and it's an important part of many endgames. FunMasterMike shows you a bunch of positions where all the options are yucky in this fun lesson. Learn how to use zugzwang to checkmate your opponent!