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Attacking the King

Attacking the King

Set your sights on the king and overwhelm his defences

  • King in Danger

    When one side is attacking it's important to examine all forcing moves, as well as moves that could prevent a king from escaping the danger zone. When defending, try to identify your opponent's threats and prevent them without creating any unnecessary weaknesses. Often creating a counterattack or trading off attacking pieces will lead to a successful defense.

    • 11 min
    • 6 challenges
  • Attacking the Castled King

    A castled king isn't always a safe king . You can often sacrifice material to lure the king into danger. One good example of this sacrifice is the "Greek Gift Sacrifice." This is an attack with Bxh7+, followed up with a knight and queen to checkmate or win material.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Advanced Checkmate Patterns

    Take your checkmate patterns to the next level and stun your opponents. There are many differnt mates you can learn, including the Arabian Mate, Boden's Mate, Epaulette Mate, Dovetail Mate, Anastasia's Mate and more. Each checkmate pattern that you learn will give you more ideas when carrying out an attack.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Mating Net

    A mating net is when your pieces work together to prevent the opposing king from escaping a mating attack. Not all moves in a mating attack have to be check. Sometimes it helps to play a quiet move to prevent the king from escaping before you checkmate.

    • 5 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Provoking Weaknesses

    It's hard to attack against a well protected king. It helps to create weaknesses in the opponent's position by forcing pawn weaknesses and trading off important defensive pieces.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Pawn Storms

    When attacking a castled king, you often need to create new weaknesses. One way to do this is to launch your pawns towards the king to open lines. This is most effective when your king is castled on the opposite side of the board from your opponent.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Defending the King

    Defending your king in difficult positions will greatly improve your results. When you are in trouble try to keep a positive attitude and look for any opportunities that might arise. Check out your most active moves and any forcing opportunities each turn.

    • 6 min
    • 5 challenges
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