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N+B checkmate can be hard to understand?!
See: Majnu2006 on YouTube.
You will know this mate in 20 minutes or less?!
Great video: FM Liu
Nice Liu, thanks for sharing your wonderful talent. It's very helpful your tips ;)
Posting approximate times for my own reference
00:00 R+K vs K
13:49 B+B+K vs K
23:53 B+N+K vs K
Great lesson, a lot better than to get asleep above a book!!thank you Master!
this is not exactly a beginner checkmate because in some games people fAIL TO DELIVER CHECKMATE WITH KNIGHT AND BISHOP VS KINGOR BISHOP AND BISHOP VS KING. ROOK VS KING IS A BEGINNER LESSON
If you dont know the pattern I doubt you will be able to do it within the 50 moves needed. It is tough but it is a forced win, as shown.
why is it always a puzzle to mate 'BLACK'
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!
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. These patterns are a must in the development of any chess master.
Rules & Basics
Related: Article: Beginner Mating Patterns - 1
Article: Beginner Mating Patterns - 2
Article: Beginner Mating Patterns Redux - 3
Chess Mentor: Essential Checkmate Patterns
Video: Patterns: Mating Nets - 1!
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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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