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The Hook Checkmate

The Hook Checkmate

KingsBishop
| 11 hrs ago

The hook mate involves the use of a rook, knight, and pawn along with one enemy piece to limit the enemy king's escape. The rook is protected by the knight, and the knight is protected by the pawn, while the pawn also attacks one of the enemy king...

Happy Birthday Sergio Barrientos

Happy Birthday Sergio Barrientos

KingsBishop
| 18 hrs ago

Sergio Barrientos Chavarriaga (born June 29, 1986 in Medellín), is a Colombian chess player. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 2011. I want to show a couple of the games he won on his road to that title. Barrientos has pa...

Back Rank Weakness

Back Rank Weakness

KingsBishop
| 6 days ago

The Back Rank checkmate pattern is proof that your own pieces can sometimes work against you and help your opponent achieve their objective! It is the source of a common tactical idea know as a back rank weakness. When you take advantage of a po...

Zwischenzug

Zwischenzug

KingsBishop
| 7 days ago

The zwischenzug (intermediate move) is a chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move (commonly a recapture), first interposes another move posing an immediate threat that the opponent must answer, and only then plays the e...

Piece Relationships

Piece Relationships

KingsBishop
| 7 days ago

When Calculating moves, there are five steps that I follow: Identify my opponent's threats. Identify the Targets. Identify Piece Relationships. Identify all Active Moves. Identify the continuation. Piece relationships can exist between ...

The Skewer

The Skewer

KingsBishop
| 11 days ago

In Chess, a skewer is an attack by a long range piece of multiple targets on the same rank, file or diagonal. In the following position, my opponent grabbed a "free" pawn, allowing the skewer of three targets. Don't forget to tell in comm...

The Arabian Checkmate

The Arabian Checkmate

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

In the Arabian checkmate, the knight and the rook team up to trap the opposing king on a corner of the board. The rook sits on a square adjacent to the king both to prevent escape along the diagonal and to deliver checkmate while the knight sits t...

Interference

Interference

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

In the game of chess, interference occurs when the line between an attacked piece and its defender is interrupted by interposing a piece with another attack. In the bullet game below, my opponent made a nothing move giving me the time to win a p...

The Desperado & Zwischenzug

The Desperado & Zwischenzug

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

In chess, a desperado is a piece that is either en prise or trapped, but captures an enemy piece before it is itself captured. The zwischenzug is a chess tactic in which a player, instead of playing the expected move (commonly a recapture), firs...

The Overworked Piece

The Overworked Piece

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

In chess, an Overworked Piece is a piece that has more than one defensive assignment. Such a piece cannot complete one defensive assignment without abandoning the other. Due to the Back Rank Weakness in the game below, Black can move to an other...

Remembering World Champion Tigran Petrosian

Remembering World Champion Tigran Petrosian

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

Tigran Petrosian (June 17, 1929 – August 13, 1984) was a Soviet Armenian Grandmaster, and World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969. He was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" due to his almost-impenetrable defensive playing style, which emphasized safety ...

Pin, Fork, Tempo, Fork

Pin, Fork, Tempo, Fork

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

In chess, a pin is a chess tactic in which a defending piece cannot move without exposing a more valuable defending piece on its other side to capture by the attacking piece. Moving the attacking piece to bring on the pin is called pinning; the de...

Clearance Sacrifice

Clearance Sacrifice

KingsBishop
| 13 days ago

In chess, a clearance sacrifice is a tactical motif which involves a square on the chessboard being vacated to open up lines of attack. The tactic may also result in the substitution of a piece hindering the attack by a piece useful to the attack....

Happy Birthday Michael Zeitlein

Happy Birthday Michael Zeitlein

KingsBishop
| 13 days ago

Michael Zeitlein; was born 16 June 1947, in Babruysk and is a Belarusian chess Grandmaster (1987), now resident in Germany. Zeitlein was twice Moscow Champion in 1976 and 1977. His best results in international tournaments are Pernik (1977 and 1...

Discovered Attack

Discovered Attack

KingsBishop
| 13 days ago

In chess, a discovered attack is a direct attack revealed when one of your pieces moves out of the way of a long range Attacker. In the following position, my opponent played fxe5 creating a discovered attack against my Queen. This was a blunder...

Accuracy: 100.00

Accuracy: 100.00

KingsBishop
| 14 days ago

Of course when a game is very short or very long, you have better chances of high accuracy and best moves. In the following example, the game was only 13 Moves and my opponent deserves as much credit for the 100 Accuracy as I do. Comment below...

Decoy, Decoy; Double, Double Exclam !! !!

Decoy, Decoy; Double, Double Exclam !! !!

KingsBishop
| 14 days ago

In chess, a decoy is the tactic of attracting a piece, usually the king or queen, onto a particular square through the means of a sacrifice on that square, from which the piece's new placement can be exploited to obtain an advantage. Today I ...

Puzzle Rush Moment

Puzzle Rush Moment

KingsBishop
| 19 days ago

It happens many times. We reach a position that looks very familiar to us because we have seen it in the Puzzle Rush. I thought it would be interesting to begin posting these in my blog. The alternate line for Black is as follows: If you h...

Too Old, Too Weak, TOO SLOW

Too Old, Too Weak, TOO SLOW

KingsBishop
| Nov 3, 2021

Chess.com is known for many great things, but the sportsmanship of its members is not among them. I am often the recipient of derogatory comments about my age and my playing strength (or lack thereof). It is not uncommon for me to receive the mess...

Ratings on the Rise

Ratings on the Rise

KingsBishop
| May 3, 2021

I have been teaching chess to beginners and intermediate players since 1984. I am happy to report that the progress of my students is always consistent with the work and effort they put into it. The following ratings graphs are selected from some ...

Royal Squares and Active Moves

Royal Squares and Active Moves

KingsBishop
| Apr 28, 2021

The following position was reached in a recent game by NostraPawnus, one of my students: When your opponent's King is exposed, you should have an inner sense that alerts you to the possibility that checkmate is nigh at hand. This is especiall...

Another Amazing Position From a Student Game

Another Amazing Position From a Student Game

KingsBishop
| Feb 4, 2021

This position was reached in the game countdigi vs joncashministries7; played 1/29/2021 with a 15/10 time control. on Move 11 Black played Bb7 and White responded with 12. e5. This is a SEEMINGLY good move as it creates a fork on the Black Bishop ...

What are the odds?

What are the odds?

KingsBishop
| Feb 3, 2021

Amazing but true... Exactly one day after posting a beautiful position reached during the analysis of a student's game, I reached an almost identical position in tonight's tournament:

A Position that MUST be shared

A Position that MUST be shared

KingsBishop
| Feb 2, 2021

I came across this game played by one of my students recently. One of the challenges of being a chess coach is that you must often deal with missed opportunities on the part of your students. in this game, CT43  did a great job activating his...

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