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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


    • Mating patterns, part 4

      From Art of Attack in Chess by Vukovic. 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9.  10.  | Read More

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      • | Mar 15, 2015
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    • Confessions of a ChessAddict: I'm Nervous

      Gonna play some face to face games with a friend later this week. I never play face to face.  I have gotten so accustomed to playing electronically that I cannot see basic mating patterns.   In a way, lets say my chess-esteem is a bit ... | Read More

    • Basic mating patterns, part 3

      From Art of Attack in Chess by Vukovic. 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9.  10.  | Read More

      • myxoz
      • | Mar 13, 2015
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    • More basic mating patterns

      Continued from Art of Attack in Chess (Vulkovic) 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9.  10.  | Read More

      • myxoz
      • | Mar 13, 2015
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    • 10 basic mating patterns

      From Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic (edited by John Nunn, Everyman Chess, 1998). 1.   2.  2.5 (A variant) 3.  4.  5.  6.  7.   8.  9.  10.  | Read More

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      • | Mar 12, 2015
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  • 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 »