If a giant airplane wing could be a pawn structure, then you'll see it here today. The MusicCityMaster's second part of his show has some crazy "V" formation of pawns, and you'll see how to use them to strangle your opponent. You'll also learn how to break through a "mini-V", better known as the Stonewall pawn formation. Watch and learn!
Three games in less than a 10-minute video! Buckle up ChessKids, you're about to see three "blunders" (really bad moves) that resulted in three games being decided very quickly. GM Benzoo shows you what went wrong. I hope you know your tactics because clearly one player missed something in each game. The queen plays a big part of each blunder - watch and she how she can be a hero or the goat!
When a queen faces three pieces, it's like a swarm of bees chasing a giant! Can the giant swat the bees or will she get stung? Watch and see what happens. Also, you'll hear one of the most famous and successful pop music bands of the last 25 years. Before there was YouTube, there was U2!
The second part of Your Games Analyzed shows some tricks and traps and more rare opening systems. You'll see (and learn to pronounce) the weird word "zwischenzug" and you'll learn how to play against the Center Counter and the King's Gambit. ChessKids will also learn to look for the hardest fork to see - a queen traveling one way but attacking two pieces in the other direction. Watch and you'll surely get to use one or all of these ideas very soon!
A few more blazing attacks from Magnus Carlsen! In the second part to the MusicCityMaster's show, you'll see how a portrait of the grandmaster as a young boy. He knew how to attack then, and he's nearly unstoppable now. As you'll see at the end, when you're the only one with a Queen, You Are the Champion, my friend!
Part 2 of the first world champion's most famous game: Wilhelm Steinitz crashes through the uncastled king. A funny series of rook checks occurs on the 7th rank, even though all of his pieces are hanging! This is one of the craziest chess games ever played, and even the crowd cheered while it was being played. You must watch this one to believe it!
The MusicCityMaster turns up the volume on king hunting. In this first part of his ChessKid TV show, he shows the awful "Damiano Defense," which may as well be called the "Domino Defense" because Black's position falls apart in quick succession. Watch this great knight sacrifice that you can almost certainly use at some point in a tournament!
Show 3 of the popular Your Games Analyzed program occurred earlier this month, and there were more entries than ever. FunMasterMike had about 70 games to review and narrowed them down to four! Were you one of the lucky few who got his game reviewed? Even if you weren't, you can learn a lot as he discusses different openings and pawn structures. Watch and see some of the mistakes that ChessKids make so you can pounce when your opponent make them!
In the second part of FunMasterMike's show, you'll see two more games played by ChessKids. You'll also see his first-ever "Endgame of the Week" in which you'll learn basic kind and pawn, as well as rook and pawn, techniques.
I bet your coach told you that castling was a defensive move to get your king safe. Not so! In this amazing king hunt featured on the MusicCityMaster's ChessKid TV show, you'll see that once in a lifetime, you can give checkmate by castling! Watch and see this real, yet unreal game!
The MusicCityMaster leads off with The Beatles, then continues with something just as classic: Kasparov-Topalov 1999. This double-rook sacrifice by the World Champion is probably his greatest single game ever played. The Black king reaches the first rank, but even then it takes all of Kasparov's tactical skills to finish off the game. Watch, admire, and enjoy!
Edition two of "Your Games Analyzed" with FunMasterMike! This is the archive of the show where ChessKids submit their games for live review on ChessKid TV. Look for the live show every other Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time. As always, the best and most instructive games are chosen, as well as the tactic of the week. Watch and see if your games were chosen.
Trick or treat? We chose treat! On this Halloween, we bring you the ever-creative MusicCityMaster's spooky music-chess mashup. Or should we say, his "Monster Mashup!" Watch and see the Frankenstein-Dracula version of the Vienna. He's not making this up - that's the real name of the opening. Which monster would you rather be? A man-made seven-foot tall monster or a fanged vampire in a long black coat? Or maybe you're dressing as a grandmaster for Halloween!