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  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Pawn

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    The new pawn move, advancing two squares on its first move instead of one, was first introduced in Spain in 1280.  Starting a game by making two pawn moves before the opponent moved was common in Germany and Holland up to the 16th century, and st... Read More »

  • Hanham, James Moore

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    James Moore Hanham was born in Woodville, Mississippi on January 4, 1840.  He fought on the side of the North during the Civil War and was promoted to major in the U.S. Army.  He saw action at Fort Pickens and Baton Rouge.  After th... Read More »

  • Passed Pawn

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    A passed pawn is a pawn with no opposing pawns to prevent it from advancing to the eighth rank, i.e. there are no opposing pawns in front of it, blockading it on the same file nor engaging it on an adjacent file (diagonally). A passed pawn is ... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • Luft

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    Luft is a German word that means "air", or "space". In chess, the term refers to a move designed to give the king "room to breathe". It is often done to avoid mate threats (potential or actual).  For example: &n... Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

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    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Back rank mate

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    A simple type of checkmate, whereby the mated King is trapped on the first rank behind his own pawns and is unable escape an attack from Queen or Rook. This pattern appears often in games and was a favorite tactic of World Champion Bobby Fischer. ... Read More »

  • Descriptive Notation

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    Descriptive notation is a notation for recording chess games, and at one time was the most popular notation in English- and Spanish-speaking countries (Brace 1977:79–80) (Sunnucks 1970:325). It was used in Europe until it was superseded by... Read More »

  • Seventh Heaven

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    Seventh heaven is, in other words, rooks on the seventh rank. Read More »