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Nice video from Elliott (together with Valeri Lilov my two favorite instructors on the site). From 35:12 onward, it's unfortunate though that the same technique that got white that far is put overboard. The white king suddenly moves away from the 6th rank and the zigzag movement of the knight between the 7th and 5th rank is put on hold. Why not continue the way we started, as described on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_and_knight_checkmate (Wikipedia calls it the "W-manoeuvre")? It's almost a complete mirror of the first couple of moves, which makes it easier to follow:
Bf7 (remember the Bh7 move?) Kc8
Nc5 (remember the Ne5 move?) Kb8 (if Kd8 -> Nb7, Kc8, Kc6. See 32:52)
Kc6 (remember the Ke6 move?) Ka7
Nb7 (remember the Nd7 move?) Ka6
Bc4+ (remember the Bd3 move?) Ka7
And in the same vein:
In the end, just make sure that the white king is a "knight's move" away from the black king and everything will be fine. Good video to practise one's mating technique, even though in real life the position is rarely played.
Thanks for the instruction. I am sure I will watch this video again.
Happy Elliot Liu Day!
Great video, if only it was easy to grasp with a couple of viewings, all the infomation is their. I just lacked the abilty to absorb it quickly, but due to it being well presented i return to it time and time again
Thanks for this video, especially the N+B vs K was very helpful.
thanks alot for this video, you rock!
I've come back for a 2nd viewing to get the King and 2 Bishops checkmate. It's not as simple as the following article makes it seem. Good to know this takes time for ohter beginners too! Thanks, this is clear
I think you have been watching me fail to end games . This Vido was real helpful.Thanks .
this is the stuff everyone needs to know. thank you.
Thanks for these videos!
The checkmate with the two bishops has been killing me for months now.
Perfect Practice makes perfect! So im gonna get started!
First time I've seen this bishop-knight mate.
Good lesson, thanks
I'll have to review the last technique and practice it quite a bit, thank you for showing me a clear concise way on how.
Senerio 1 - I like the idea that it is never a good idea to play for check in the rook king end game rather look to push the king off the board by cutting off his options. Moving the rook away from the opposing king seems counter intuitive but when you follow this with setting up with opposing kings followed by check by the rook it makes all the sense in the world.
Senerio 2 - Think of the picture you want to end the game with and then figure out the steps to get there. In the two bishop king senerio, force opposing king into one of the four corners. Advance king as close to opposing king as possible making rectangle smaller and smaller while being careful not to deliver stalemate. Sometimes you need to bring bishops to the middle of board and make tactical use of waiting moves.
Senerio 3 - memorization.
This was very helpful for a beginner like me. Thank you for the presentation.
great video, this is what us beginners need thank you elliot
Great instruction, helpful and and with a good commentary. This was an "A-ha!" -experience for me. Thanks Elliot
by FM Elliott Liu
By popular request from our members, we are introducing more videos designed to cover the basics of chess principles and patterns. FIDE Master Elliot Liu gets us started by displaying the very simple, yet very important, "Big 3" of Basic Checkmate Patterns: King and Rook vs King; King and Two Bishops vs King; and finally the infamously difficult King, Knight and Bishop vs King. Watch the video as many times as needed, because these patterns are a must in the development of any chess master...
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FM Elliott Liu
April 25 is actually "Elliott Liu Day" in San Diego County! The young FIDE Master from San Diego earned that special distinction by winning the 2005 U.S. Cadet Championship, 2006 Pan-American Games U18, 2 IM norms, and playing in one U.S. Championship and three World Youth Championships. The 19-year old is just completing his freshman year at Stanford University.
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