Tactics: Double Attack

There’s a lot more going on here than you might think. Today we’re gonna talk about double attacks. It’s like two for the price of one! And I bet your parents are all about some sales. In this position White could, of course, just capture this pawn and that would be great, but we’re going […]

Hanging Pieces!

Now that we know the basics of the opening it’s time to start talking about tactics. Tactic is a fancy word for “trick” and the simplest trick, the most common one, the one you absolutely have to know, is “Hanging Pieces”. Well, what’s a hanging piece? That’s a piece that can just be captured for […]

Meet the Bishops!

Now that we’ve learned the rook I think it’s time we double your knowledge don’t you? Let’s learn our second piece, which is the bishop. A lot of kids think the bishop has his mouth open because he’s ready to eat some pieces. Before we can do some eating we have to set the table […]

Special Pawns!

Wait, what’s this? Another endgame? But, I keep taking away big pieces? That’s right! We’ve learned the “King and Queen Mate”. We’ve learned the “Rook Roller Mate”. But would you believe you could checkmate with just a pawn? In some ways at the end of the game a pawn is even better than a bishop […]

Meet the Rook!

Are you wondering why chess is more exciting than checkers? Well for one thing some of the chess pieces can move a lot farther than they can in checkers. Today, you get to be a rook! “But wait a minute I want to be a fireman!” Ok, ok, you can be a fireman later in […]