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  • How to Mate Your Opponent

    How to Mate Your Opponent   "Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation: As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #42 - Trivial or Quadrivial?

    Professor: Welcome, class. Are you ready for some chess? Class: Yes we are, Professor. Professor: I thought today we’d take it easy and look at a few trouble-free problems, nothing special. With various tournaments coming up, it can’t h... | Read More

  • The Return of Readers’ Games, Part 1

    When I was doing readers’ games (and I’ll return to that at some point next year) I would heap praise on good moves or even interesting moves, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call a horrible move what it was... horrible. Some readers ... | Read More

  • Hannibal Lecter Presents: Readers' Questions

    Due to the crash of my website email address (which has finally been fixed), I didn’t look at my business letters for a month and a half. There were about 60 waiting for me. One was from a guy that wanted me to give him a study program that feat... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

    The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are: The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two. Your bishop covers two remaining ... | Read More


    • My System Walkthrough (1,3) - The Seventh and Eighth Ranks

      Part 1: The Elements 3. The Seventh and Eighth Ranks   1. Introduction, general comments Infilitration of the 7th and 8th ranks was the objective and product of play down a file. The 7th and 8th rank occupation is normally an "endgame advanta... | Read More

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    • RECOGNIZING CHECKMATE PATTERNS - PART 2

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we will keep your EYE on the prize and continue strengthening your ability to distinguish random pieces on the board from viable checkmate patterns. If you haven't read the first article in this series, I ask that you do s... | Read More

    • RECOGNIZING CHECKMATE PATTERNS - PART 1

      Hello Chess Fans, Recognizing Checkmate Patterns is an essential TOOL to build upon as you journey upwards in your chess rating. Checkmate Patterns occur frequently and being able to distinguish them from random positions on the board only occurs... | Read More

    • Chess Plan for Beginners

      The Sole Purpose of this blog is to inform beginners the importance of creating a plan and try to help beginners create a plan that can help them improve their chess. The plan can be simple, easy, and suited to their individual needs. Backgrou... | Read More

    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 3

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome to the final article in the series Dealing With Time Management and Time Troubles. In the prior two articles we covered a step-by-step strategy to prevent you from EVER getting into Time Troubles as well as a System of M... | Read More


  • US Championships Semi-Finals

    Women’s Games Decisive, Men Decide Nothing By FM Mike Klein After the first round of semifinal games of the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship, two ladies emerged victorious while all four men agreed to peace. IM Anna Zato... | Read More



  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    Hi! Swallow's Tail mate is a rare mating pattern. It happens when a king is mated , usually because of a queen. 2 other friendly pieces block off potential escape squares. It is quite a simple but strange mate. Hope you had fun reading, and enjo... 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 »

  • mating combinations

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    More violence in this page of chessopedia,(a game of chess)as you learn some more ways of killing the enemy king.Most of these ideas involve sacrifices,and very often, queen sacrifices. when you attack the enemy king in a way that you let him esc... Read More »

  • 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 »