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  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »

  • Hanham, James Moore

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    James Moore Hanham was born in Woodville, Mississippi on January 4, 1840.  He fought on the side of the North during the Civil War and was promoted to major in the U.S. Army.  He saw action at Fort Pickens and Baton Rouge.  After th... Read More »

  • Browne, Walter Shawn

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    Walter Shawn Browne, born in Sydney, Australia on Jan 10, 1949, is a six-time U.S. chess champion (1974, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, and 1983).  He became a Grandmaster in 1970 while representing Australia (he was born in Australia and raise... Read More »

  • Chess960

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    Chess960 (Fischer random) is a chess variant created by Bobby Fischer where the pieces on the back rank are randomized, there are 960 possible starting possitions, hence the name Chess960 As you can see the pawns a still on rank 2/7 but the piece... Read More »

  • Back Rank Mates

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    A back rank mate is when a rook or queen check cannot be escaped from.   Also, it can occurr when the piece defending the back rank is pinned. Finally, a back rank checkmate works if the defender cannot block. Back rank mates are howevr on... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • Luft

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    Luft is a German word that means "air", or "space". In chess, the term refers to a move designed to give the king "room to breathe". It is often done to avoid mate threats (potential or actual).  For example: &n... Read More »

  • Shannon number

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    "Shannon number" is the number for the upper bound of possible chess games for Random chess. This includes some illegal positions (e.g., pawns on the first rank, both kings in check, both bishops on the same colour ... ). ·        ... Read More »

  • K R MA

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    Okay, I know how it says K R MA, but it really stood for King+Rook Mate. So, what you do is you put your king somewhere in the middle below the rank of the rook, and the other king is one rank above. It's hard to explain, but a diagram might help.... Read More »