When is it theoretically correct to sacrifice your queen early in the game?
FM Mike Klein shows you six opening lines that allow — and sometimes require— you to give away your queen for a greater goal.
Learn how to win even without a queen with superior minor pieces in this entertaining video,
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A smörgåsbord of chess games and puzzles today come to you from FM Klein, all with one theme - the lady doesn't dance. You'll see underpromotion compositions, two cases in the same game, and a recent Super-GM example. The tactic is rare enough that it produces a smile for even the top players, but not so rare that you'll never have to use it. Watch a handful more usages, and share any personal examples in the comments below! | Watch video
FM Klein jumps into IM Kiewra's excellent series on entertaining chess ideas. This time the subject is underpromotion - always a special treat in a chess game. You'll see a few creative studies and several examples from real games (no surprise that the super-creative GM Miles gets in on the action). Bishops, knights and rooks get their revenge on the mighty queen today. Sometimes less is more! | Watch video
Part 4 of the series highlighting the mastery of GM Bent Larsen. The Danish great starts out with a bluff in the opening - a pawn sac which wasn't accepted. He then achieves the better end of an opposite-colored bishop middlegame, punctuated by the rook sac Rb5! which cannot be accepted. Larsen geometrically forms multiple mates on the dark squares, and even throws in a possible underpromotion to finish things off. | Watch video
Get ready for one of the most interesting "Passed Pawns vs a Rook" battles you have ever seen! Of course, you have to sit through twenty minutes of awesome endgame technique by Dr. Tarrasch first, but the wait is well worth it! Try to learn something from how he maneuvers the Rook and dark squared Bishop too. GM Dejan Bojkov is, once again, your guide! | Watch video