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Intermediate: Checkmates

NM Alexander King Avg Rating: 1200 Intermediate

Learn about harder and more complicated checkmate patterns. Perfect for those who have completed the Beginner: Checkmate course.

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  • Easy Mate in 1

    This is a basic mate in 1 problem. Some mate in 1 problems are trickier than others, though, so pay close attention.
  • Tricky Mate in 1

    This is a somewhat more complicated mate in 1. Black has many checks but only one is checkmate. Watch out for PINNED PIECES - pieces that cannot move because it would leave the king under attack.
  • Easy Mate in 2

    This is a MATE IN 2. If you recall, we have already done one of these in the Beginner: Checkmate course. It's tricker because you have to look ahead to see what your opponent's move is going to be!
  • Tricky Mate in 2

    This is a harder mate in 2. The same method applies, though - look for FORCING MOVES like checks and captures. This will limit the opponent's options. The pattern is a famous one and will get more attention in future courses. The mating net is called a "smothered mate".
  • Mate in 3!

    This is the longest checkmate yet - a mate in 3! It may seem hard, but if you just always look for the most forcing moves, you will find the solution.
  • Checkmate Test - Part 1

    Time to test your checkmate skills! This is the first of five problems designed to help you practice what you've been learning about forcing moves, checks and captures.
  • Checkmate Test - Part 2

    This is a mate in 2, but it's a tricky one because you have to see what the second move is going to be BEFORE you make the first move!
  • Checkmate Test - Part 3

    This is a simple-looking mate in two, but it is surprisingly tricky for some people. Black has to be careful not to stalemate White, but also not to let him escape.
  • Checkmate Test - Part 4

    Although checks and captures are the best forcing moves, sometimes just the THREAT of checkmate is also forcing. Just make a move that prepares a checkmate on the next move. Often your opponent can prevent it, but in this position, he has no defense.
  • Checkmate Test - Part 5

    All right, for your final checkmate puzzle of the course, I'm not going to tell you how many moves you will need. It could be three, two, or even one! And you have to decide whether to start with a check, capture, or checkmate threat. All are possible in this position, but only one is correct!

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