How do you measure time in chess? It's a trick question.
You use a chess clock to keep track of the time you have to think, but time to get things done on the board is determined by a unit called a tempo.
FM Mike Klein explains what this is and why it's so important.
NM Carissa Yip made a big impact at the 2016 U.S women's championship in St. Louis last month, and now she reviews one of her best games of the tournament for ChessKid.
Learn from the master herself in this educational French Defense game.
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.
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.
All chess pieces start out on the same squares, but once the game begins it's up to you to make them good or bad.
If you notice your opponent has bad pieces, look for opportunities to attack!
FM Mike Klein explains what makes a piece good, and gives you important tips on how to get the most out of your chess pieces.
Who is chess coach Rob's favorite chess player?
The great Paul Morphy!
Watch this fun video to see how Morphy developed his pieces by making the easy moves first.
This simple idea will help every one of your chess games.
One of the most important reasons to trade pieces is to defend yourself.
In chess, you can't win without protecting your own army, and sometimes trading pieces is the best way to do that.
WFM Amanda Mateer gives you a must-watch lesson on trading pieces in self-defense.
What are the best chess ideas for students to learn?
IM Daniel Rensch compiles the 10 most essential opening concepts for beginning players.
Top on the list? The logical Ruy Lopez, a powerful opening played at the highest levels of chess that also packs tremendous teaching value in each one of its moves.
Don't let chess stress take you to Crazytown. Watch and enjoy this fun video.
How did the ChessKid GeorgeTiger become a king of fast chess?
FM Mike Klein shows you exactly how he did it in an exciting comeback game.
Don't miss FM Klein finally give you permission to move your f-pawn in the middlegame!
When you're done watching, try your luck with an extra knight in our computer workout.
Every chess game begins with the opening - but what moves should you play?
FM Mike Klein shows you the fundamentals behind the ideas of good openings, so you know why to play them, not just how.
Learn how important controlling the center is in a chess game, and apply that lesson to your choice of first moves.
What happens when a chess piece swallows a fly?
IM Daniel Rensch shows you how players make this common beginner's mistake.
The error of blocking your own pieces creates a cascade of more blockages, reminding IM Rensch of the famous children's song about an old lady who swallowed a fly.
Stick around for IM Rensch's spoken-word chess rendition of the classic Burl Ives song.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links!
By now you should know that moving your f-pawn haphazardly can be a big mistake.
FM Mike Klein shows you exactly why in this final video in his f-pawn series, where we see FunMasterMike demolish his opponent who moved his f-pawn.
Learn the amazing trick FM Klein used to gain more than enough compensation for a nice positional queen sacrifice.
Don't forget to take the ChessKid lesson on openings in the related links.
Would you trade a pencil for a race car? Of course you would! That trade is easy, but what about trading ice cream for cake? That one you probably have to think about a little more. In chess, knowing when to trade bishops for knights, knights for bishops, bishops for bishops, or knights for knights are four separate chess skills. Watch IM Rusa Goletiani explain how the World Champions do it!
Buckle up ChessKids - we've got a queen sacrifice that even makes masters wonder what is going on! FunMasterMike gives away his lady in the first ten moves, but it's on purpose! Can a swarm of bishops and knights mow down the enemy king before the queen overwhelms him? He hopes so - there's a few hundred dollars on the line in the final round! Watch and learn how activating all your pieces can make your piggy bank grow fat.
Knights and bishops - they look different, they move different, they're of course spelled different. So why should you treat them the same? I know that coaches (us included!) begin by teaching you that they are both worth three points. But depending on what is happening in your game, they go up or down in value. Today IM Rusa Goletiani shows you that outposts make knights jump for joy!
The MusicCityMaster shows us some of his techniques that he used to get his master rating. First, he explains how to judge a new position. Then, after repeating some great advice by a famous player, he shows how a small and simple advantage of an outpost can lead to victory. Not everything in chess is pins and forks - watch how even more basic concepts can lead to your chess improvement.
We continue with the match between Labourdonnais and McDonnell. What, another one?? Hey, hey, no complaining. If you think this video series is long, just remember that the actual match was 85 games long! In this game, the two champions walk down a well trodden path, following the opening from last time, until Labourdonnais suddenly uncorks his new idea...a positional rook sacrifice! Will the sacrifice be sound, or will the rook only be the first to fall before McDonnell's awesome might?
The PinkHamster plays a long and difficult game against FirstDream that goes all the way into the endgame! Follow the PinkHamster's thoughts as he considers how to attack weak squares, establish a knight on an outpost, deploy his army, and ultimately attempt a checkmating kingside attack! Will he be successful, or will FirstDream turn out to be the PinkHamster's First Nightmare?