Checkmate pattern learning

billy223

On pattern learning, I was thinking about Laszlo Polgar's Chess: 5334 Problems.... might be another idea to look at. The mate patterns are grouped by theme of I remember correctly but there is also a section on basic ending positions as well as attacking ideas for castled positions. The endgame is a short section but the mate in 2 section has something like 2400 exercises. The mate in 3 section is pretty good too. I think it sells at 30 USD.

Charles711542
Who can teach me two bishops checkmate
neverherebefore
billy223 wrote:

On pattern learning, I was thinking about Laszlo Polgar's Chess: 5334 Problems.... might be another idea to look at. The mate patterns are grouped by theme of I remember correctly but there is also a section on basic ending positions as well as attacking ideas for castled positions. The endgame is a short section but the mate in 2 section has something like 2400 exercises. The mate in 3 section is pretty good too. I think it sells at 30 USD.

I don't like how some section(s) give clues. Otherwise no problem.

neverherebefore
Charles711542 wrote:
Who can teach me two bishops checkmate

Enemy king must be driven to a corner.  Bishops should occupy "parallel" diagonals. King should stay out of their way unless needed to force king to corner.

Machariel
Laskersnephew wrote:

Marchariel: You are a diamond member, so you have access t all the old courses as well as the new video-based ones. When you go to Lessons, on the right you can click on "Old Lessons," then select "Attacks" and the first two courses are both all about checkmate! I can guarantee you'll get an excellent workout! and when you're done with checkmates, click on "Tactics" and take all the Patrick Wolff tactics courses. You will be a dangerous man!

This is the second time I quote this reply because I followed this one for now and it was a MAJOR success already.

First I followed all of the boring easy mating puzzles/patterns. That was the first chapter. The second increases in difficulty (chapter "Essential Checkmate Patterns ") but I finished 95% of it. Then, final step I followed Ginger_GM's advice (GM Simon Williams) and did this order of move-consideration:

  1. first check for checkmates/forcing moves
  2. otherwise check for (forcing) immediate captures
  3. otherwise check for creating threats

These three steps allowed me to jump from 1460-1530 which I was struggling with to easily 1712 in half an hour! Honestly without effort!

Crazy how much of a difference it makes. So anyone looking for a similiar advice, here it is. Invaluable advice from member @Laskersnephew! Thanks bro.

Trexler3241
neverherebefore wrote:
Charles711542 wrote:
Who can teach me two bishops checkmate

Enemy king must be driven to a corner.  Bishops should occupy "parallel" diagonals. King should stay out of their way unless needed to force king to corner.

check out this fun excercise



blueemu

Your solution is wrong. Black just plays 4. ... Kd7 and White has to start all over again. 

Better is 3. Bd4 (although there are several other moves better than the 3. Kb6 that you gave).