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Checkmate Flashcards: Edge of Board Mates

Jul 11, 2011, 7:35 AM 0

You can't get to your destination if you don't know where it is!  I lost count of games I missed a checkmate opportunity and the computer analysis later told me how lame I was.  Typically I missed simple checkmates because I just didn't recognize the pattern.  I will be using my blog to catalog my "Checkmate Flashcards" so I will know where to find them when I want to study, and maybe some of them will help you too.  I will start with easy ones and progress to trickier ones.  First, here is a series of "Back Rank Mates".  I prefer to call these "Edge of Board Mates".  Too many times I missed the mate simply because it looked different happening on a file on the edge of the board instead of the back rank edge of the board.  Even though it's turned sideways it still works!  Here are some really basic examples.  More intruiging ones to follow.  (please ignore the "white to move" comment the diagram automatically puts in there.  obviously white won the game with its last move):

































































































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