Have You Seen This Unique Chess Pattern?
Chess patterns are important.

Have You Seen This Unique Chess Pattern?

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Pattern recognition is one of the most important chess skills.

Some time ago I even suggested an idea that Magnus Carlsen is so great in chess due to his incredible pattern-recognition ability.

Through the years I've written a series of articles called "Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know." Some of these tactical ideas are so common that you'll see them practically in any tournament!

The pattern we are going to discuss today is truly unique since I've seen it only in a handful of games and all of them were played either by very strong grandmasters or world champions.

As far as I know, the following game played by two leading Soviet GMs features the earliest instance of this pattern.

As you could see, the white knight jumped to e8 and cut the black rook from black king. This unusual maneuver allowed white's pieces to penetrate to the back rank and deliver a checkmate! Almost 70 years later, Magnus Carlsen got a chance to execute a very similar combination!

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Prove that you are stronger than Magnus Carlsen!

Did you find the combo? If yes, then you did better than the world champion, who found this beautiful finish on his second try.

Here is how the actual game ended:

In the 10th round of the last Candidates' Tournament, another world champion finished his game exactly the same way:
Can you imagine that in the next round of the tournament, GM Ding Liren could have decided his game using the same pattern!? Unfortunately, the Chinese grandmaster missed the golden opportunity and the win eventually slipped away.
 As you can see, this tactical pattern is very unusual and happens only in the games of very strong chess players. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to execute this combo in your own game, then you are on your way to become a super-grandmaster!
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