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Kerry Shirts ("The Backyard Professor")
Chess Videos

"I am videoing my journey to Chess Master Level 2250-2300, and what it takes to accomplish this exciting goal. I am producing many instructional videos along the way. I hope these are enjoyable and teach you much about the best game in the world." - Kerry Shirts, August 1, 2011


Complete list of chess videos:

Bonus Feature #1: 4-7-2012: The Backyard Professor Builds a Chicken Coop FUN & EASY!!!! (27:11)
Bonus Feature #2: 7-21-2014: Spectacular Sky (1:07)

  1. 8-1-2011: Chess Videos by Kerry Shirts (aka "The Backyard Professor") Video #1 (13:29)
  2. 8-5-2011: Chess: How to Make a Proper Plan (48:01)
  3. 8-8-2011: Chess: Put Rooks on Open Files! (20:22)
  4. 8-13-2011: Chess Pieces: The Royal Road to "Knight"hood in Chess (18:41)
  5. 8-14-2011: Chess Knights Achieving "Knight"hood Part 2 (11:51)
  6. 8-14-2011: Chess Achieving "Knight"hood in Your Game Part 3 (30:24)
  7. 8-19-2011: Achieving "Knight"hood With Knights Part 4 (31:07)
  8. 8-20-2011: Achieving "Knight"hood with Knights Part 5 (16:49)
  9. 8-23-2011: DANG BLUNDER!!!! Dealing with Chess Blnders (35:41)
  10. 9-3-2011: Chess Plans: Proactive Vs. Reactive (15:01)
  11. 9-4-2011: Chess Psychology PHENOMENAL Way to Turn Your Thinking Around & WIN (33:48)
  12. 9-5-2011: Chess Philosophy in the Opening (32:52)
  13. 9-10-2011: The Agony & Ecstasy of Chess (18:07)
  14. 9-10-2011: Pt. 2 The Agony & Ecstasy of Chess (15:16)
  15. 9-17-2011: Pt. 4 (Pt. 3 never produced) The Agony & Ecstasy of Chess (34:03)
  16. 9-18-2011: Deciphering the Chessboard is Important! (18:33)
  17. 9-23-2011: Crushing Your Opponent SLOWLY Because the Board Says To (37:49)
  18. 9-24-2011: How to Control Your Chess Game (27:25)
  19. 10-02-2011: What Do I do with my Rooks? (34:30)
  20. 10-02-2011: What To Do With Your Rooks Part 2 (26:41)
  21. 10-11-2011: Step by Step Chess Rooks Instructions (36:41)
  22. 10-17-2011: What Do I Do With My Rooks? Part 2 (14:23)
  23. 10-23-2011: How to Play Rooks (Seriously!) Pt. 3 (15:24)
  24. 10-24-2011: Playing Rooks Pt. 4 (14:54)
  25. 10-28-2011: How to Play Rooks Pt. 5 (15:22)
  26. 10-28-2011: How to Play Rooks Pt. 6 (9:47)
  27. 10-29-2011: How to Play Rooks Pt. 7 (14:08)
  28. 10-29-2011: Playing Rooks: Their REAL Power! Pt. 8 (17:52)
  29. 11-14-2011: Playing Your Rooks, Pt. 9 (18:39)
  30. 3-27-2012: Chess Openings: The Dutch Defense Described, Explored and Analyzed (32:44)
  31. 3-30-2012: The Dutch Defense (24:57)
  32. 4-23-2012: Idaho Open Chess Tournament April 21-22, 2012: My First Ever! (27:35)
  33. 4-28-2012: Chess Imbalances Easy and Essential to Learn, Part 1 (29:33)
  34. 4-28-2012: Chess Imbalances Easy and Essential to Learn, Part 2 (21:46)
  35. 5-4-2012: Chess the Jeremy Silman Way, Powerful & Logical (15:38)
  36. 5-6-2012: Chess: Embracing "Imbalance Consciousness" (23:00)
  37. 5-12-2012: Chess and When to Do a Kingside Attack (29:24)
  38. 5-13-2012: Chess, When to Do a Kingside Attack (16:16)
  39. 8-10-2012: Chess Instruction on What Move To Make?! (24:06)
  40. 8-11-2012: Chess Instructions & Hints Good Learning (30:42)
  41. 8-12-2012: Chess Instructions to SHOW You HOW! (20:20)
  42. 8-12-2012: Chess Instructions Showing us HOW (27:12)
  43. 8-18-2012: Chess Imbalances Putting Them Into Your Game (30:08)
  44. 8-18-2012: Chess Training Play Stronger Chess (21:39)
  45. 8-18-2012: Chess Training the POWER of Knowing What To Do (21:37)
  46. 8-19-2012: Chess Training: Learning HOW to Read the Chess Board (22:16)
  47. 8-20-2012: Chess Training - How to Build an Indestructible Center and WIN With It! (22:23)
  48. 8-21-2012: Chess Training - Practicing Deciphering the Chess Board Position (23:39)
  49. 8-24-2012: Advanced Chess Ideas Step by Step (30:29)
  50. 8-24-2012: Chess Learning Advanced Ideas Part 2 (25:21)
  51. 8-25-2012: Chessercises: Chess Training exercises to Improve Our Game (14:35)
  52. 8-25-2012: Chessercises: Having Fun Learning HOW to Play STRONG Chess (21:34)
  53. 8-25-2012: Chessercises: Really FUN game Analysis of Capablanca (17:59)
  54. 8-25-2012: Chessercises: Number 4: Phenomenal Game To Analyze (17:39)
  55. 8-25-2012: Chessercise! Bronstein's "Dream" solution to Chess Game (18:18)
  56. 8-26-2012: Chessercise Exploring the Slav Defense Opening (21:05)
  57. 8-28-2012: Chessercise: The Value of Step By Step Knowing HOW to Play Strongly (32:33)
  58. 8-29-2012: Chessercises: # 8, Step By Step How To on Avoiding Traps (23:55)
  59. 9-1-2012: Chessercise games to KNOW What to Do (30:56)
  60. 9-1-2012: Chessercising Our Way to Better Chess (23:01)
  61. 9-3-2012: Chessercise it! The Practical Tactical #1... (22:27)
  62. 9-3-2012: Chessercises: Exploring the Czech Benoni Opening (14:28)
  63. 9-3-2012: Chessercises: Practical Tacticals #2 (18:45)
  64. 9-6-2012: Chessercises: The Practical Tactical #3 (15:03)
  65. 9-6-2012: Jeremy Silman Analyzes His Chess Game with Imbalances EXCELLENT training! (29:59)
  66. 9-8-2012: Chessercises: Analyzing Imbalances in a Phenomenal David Bronstein Game (23:57)
  67. 9-10-2012: Chessercises: Continuing Our Journey to Better Chess GREAT Instructions on an Imbalance (31:18)
  68. 9-13-2012: Chessercises: Fight for the Center of the Board, NO I mean it! FIGHT FOR IT! (29:49)
  69. 9-13-2012: Chessercise #20 Already! PART 2 of the Importance of FIGHTING for the Center of the Board (16:37)
  70. 9-15-2012: Chessercises: Games to Learn How to Put Imbalances into Our Games (28:39)
  71. 9-15-2012: Chessercise it! More Step by Step Chess Instruction from Silman of WHAT to do in a game (23:09)
  72. 9-15-2012: Chessercising with Jeremy Silman's analysis: Instructive Chess Step by Step (14:18)
  73. 9-15-2012: Chessercise it! Another Practice Game that SHOWS Using Imbalances Works (14:53)
  74. 9-19-2012: Chess: Step by Step Coordination of Imbalances & Tactics - Splendid Stuff (24:36)
  75. 9-21-2012: Chessercise it!: Step by Step, Using World Champion chess Games (31:20)
  76. 9-25-2012: Part 1 Eastern Idaho Chess Tournament Sept 22-23, 2012 Fun & Analysis! (29:42)
  77. 9-27-2012: Pt 2 Eastern Idaho Chess Tournament Sept 22 23rd 2012 (29:46)
  78. 9-28-2012: Pt 3 Chess Analysis from Eastern Idaho Open Chess Tournament Sept 22 and 23 2012 (29:05)
  79. 9-29-2012: Chess: David Bronstein Games Analyzed For Our Learning & Enjoyment (25:25)
  80. 9-30-2012: Chess: Part 1 Learning More About How & When to Attack (11:07)
  81. 9-30-2012: Chess: More Games Analyzing When and How to Attack (16:54)
  82. 10-1-2012: Chess: Learning More Keys on HOW to Attack (24:25)
  83. 10-7-2012: Chess: Impressions From Grandmaster Games (21:52)
  84. 10-8-2012: Chess: The Pleasure and Power of Practice! (27:24)
  85. 10-8-2012: Chess: Attacking and Using Themes to Know HOW to (29:33)
  86. 10-10-2012: Chess: Excellent Practice Learning Games (28:32)
  87. 10-14-2012: Chess: Practicing and Learning to Improve Our Games (29:43)
  88. 10-14-2012: Chess (New Series) Chess Helps For Tournaments #1 (22:17)
  89. 10-15-2012: Chess Help For Tournaments #2 (30:00)
  90. 10-18-2012: Chess Help For Tournaments #3 (28:08)
  91. 10-21-2012: Chess Help for Tournaments #4 (20:58)
  92. 11-3-2012: Chess: Excellent Example of Wing play and HOW to do so (13:44)
  93. 11-3-2012: Chess: Learning about the Pawns is FUN, EASY and Important to Improve Our Game (29:55)
  94. 11-4-2012: Chess Helps: The Advantage of Learning from Master Games (29:17)
  95. 11-17-2012: Chess: The Pure Joy of Master Games to Learn From (11:11)
  96. 3-29-2014: NEW Chess Videos for 2014 #1 (17:43)
  97. 3-30-2014: NEW Chess Videos for 2014 #2 (23:21)
  98. 3-30-2014: NEW Chess Videos for 2014 #3 (11:03)
  99. 3-31-2014: NEW Chess Videos 2014 #4 (13:51)
  100. 4-3-2014: NEW Chess Videos for 2014 #5 (29:44)
  101. 4-4-2014: Chess Openings Giuoco Piano #1 (22:36)
  102. 4-4-2014: Chess Openings Giuoco Piano #2 (14:31)
  103. 4-5-2014: Chess Openings Giuoco Piano #3 (19:19)
  104. 4-5-2014: Chess Giuoco Piano Opening #4 (15:37)
  105. 4-5-2014: Chess Opening Giuoco Piano More Detailed #5 (15:49)
  106. 4-6-2014: Chess Openings Giuoco Piano #6 (16:27)
  107. 4-7-2014: Chess Openings Giuoco Piano #7 (24:31)
  108. 4-10-2014: Chess Game with New Chess App! (12:38)
  109. 4-11-2014: Chess Game 2 (22:21)
  110. 4-13-2014: Pirc Defense #1 (29:55)
  111. 4-13-2014: Pirc Defense Game #1 (24:12)
  112. 4-14-2014: Pirc Defense Game #3 (14:45)
  113. 4-15-2014: Pirc Defense #2 (20:52)
  114. 4-18-2014: Pirc Defense Chess Openings #4 (29:19)
  115. 4-19-2014: Pirc Defense Game #5 (29:56)
  116. 4-19-2014: Chess Initiative game (27:13)
  117. 4-19-2014: Chess Initiative Game 2 (24:42)
  118. 4-23-2014: Chess Openings Ruy Lopez Introduction (29:55)
  119. 4-27-2014: Ruy Lopez Game #2 (29:45)
  120. 4-27-2014: Ruy Lopez Game #1 (25:20)
  121. 4-30-2014: Ruy Lopez #3 (25:46)
  122. 5-1-2014: Ruy Lopez Game #4 (25:19)
  123. 5-3-2014: Ruy Lopez game 5 Mikhail Tal Again! (14:02)
  124. 5-4-2014: Ruy Lopez Game 6 (29:50)
  125. 5-10-2014: Kings Indian Opening Game 1 (25:38)
  126. 5-10-2014: Kings Indian Game 2 (24:50)
  127. 5-10-2014: Kings Indian game 3 (21:12)
  128. 5-10-2014: King's Indian Defence Game 4 (18:24)
  129. 5-16-2014: King Indian Defence Game 5 (27:40)
  130. 5-16-2014: Kings Indian Defence Game 6 (18:45)
  131. 5-17-2014: King's Indian Defence Game 7 (29:57)
  132. 5-18-2014: King's Indian Game 8 (20:48)
  133. 5-20-2014: King's Indian Game 9 (17:35)
  134. 5-24-2014: King's Gambit Opening Game 1 (22:46)
  135. 5-25-2014: King's Gambit game 2 (25:32)
  136. 5-25-2014: King's Gambit Opening Game 3 (26:36)
  137. 5-26-2014: King's Gambit Game 4 (22:47)
  138. 5-31-2014: A Fabulous Judit Polgar game (28:55)
  139. 5-31-2014: Glimpsing the London System Chess Opening (28:19)
  140. 6-1-2014: Sicilian Defence Game 1 (19:30)
  141. 6-8-2014: Sicilian Defence Game 2 (19:08)
  142. 6-20-2014: Sicilian Defence Game 3 (20:12)
  143. 6-28-2014: Sicilian Defence Game 4 (24:24)
  144. 7-20-2014: Taimanov Sicilian Defence (29:17)