Two Rook Mate

Do you have the Two Rook Mate mastered yet? Learning to use both your rooks together is one of the most important skills for a beginning chess player! Use one rook and then the other to "push" the king toward the edge of the board in order to finish this Drill.

Queen Mate

If you can checkmate with the queen, you can win games with just one extra pawn! In this drill you'll learn that even though the queen is a powerful piece, she cannot give checkmate on her own. The king must help too. Arguably the most important Basic Mating technique in chess, the Queen Mate challenge is waiting for you!

Rook Mate

In serious games, you may have to prove that you know this basic mate more than any other! Mating with king and rook is much harder than with king and queen. Here, you'll need to use the king and the rook jointly as an attack force and you can only mate by pushing the king to a side of the board first. Master the pattern in this drill and be armed and dangerous for tournament chess!

Two Bishops Mate

Teamwork is essential to winning this endgame. Your bishops must push the opponent's king into a corner because only there can you mate him. The most efficient way is to push the king with your own king, while the bishops stand side by side, blocking the escape route. Do not stalemate the king by mistake!

Bishop and Knight Mate: The Edge

A position you need to practice in order to master it! If you haven't checkmated the computer with bishop and knight at least five times, then you probably aren't prepared for the pressure of doing it over the board. You can only checkmate the enemy king in a corner of your bishop's color. In this case, those are the light corners on h1 and a8. Push the king towards a8; use the bishop to cover the light squares and the knight to cover the dark squares.

Bishop and Knight Mate

WARNING: Before doing this drill, try to solve the previous one. This is one of the most difficult endgames of all! As you learned in the last exercise, you must mate the king in the corner that has the same color as your bishop. To start, organize your pieces (all of them, including the king), and then push the opponent's king to the edge. From that point, the drill should be routine because you already know how to do the rest from the previous drill.

Queen vs Bishop Mate

You've got this. It's all about king activity! Well... next move it will be. This endgame is a wonderful demonstration the weakness of the bishop. Stay on the light squares and just keep closing in and Black won't be able to trouble you at all. Don't forget to watch for opportunity. When the bishop is forced to separate from the king, search for forks!

Queen vs Knight Mate

Beware the fork! The knight can be an awfully tricky piece to play against. Good technique is to force your opponent's pieces to the side of the board where they lack room. You should then be able to separate the knight from the king and so win it. Remember: It can often be better to make a quiet move which limits your opponent's options than to just give a series of checks.

Two Knights vs Pawn

This is a very, very difficult mate, but you can do it! It is well known that two knights cannot mate a king against best defense. However, the extra pawn prevents stalemate at a key moment and allows White to win. Blockade the pawn with one knight and use your king and the other knight to trap the king in the corner. Finally, release the blockade on the pawn and bring your other knight over to deliver checkmate while the pawn advances.

Two Knights vs Pawn (Advanced)

This mate is even more difficult than the prior mate with two knights as the pawn is more advanced and on the edge of the board—making it harder to coordinate the knights. Remember that taking the pawn will result in an immediate draw. You must blockade the pawn and leave it on the board to avoid stalemating Black as you try to herd the black king into the h8 corner. In this case, h8 is the only corner where you can mate. The correct technique involves several maneuvers designed to lose a move.