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Advanced: Checkmates

IM Bryan Smith & FM Kostya Kavutskiy Avg Rating: 900 Advanced

Moving on from the Intermediate Checkmate Course by NM Alex King, here we will be learning some more advanced checkmate patterns. As you begin to play on a higher level, your opponents won't let you checkmate them so easily - so in this course we will be seeing some more complicated ways of setting up the checkmate.

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  • Boden's Mate

    Here we will see a common checkmate pattern that usually occurs when someone is castled queenside. It is known as "Boden's Mate"
  • Damiano's Mate

    Here we will see a very well-known checkmating pattern known as "Damiano's Mate", based on a support square near the black king.
  • Greco's Mate

    Here we will see another famous checkmating pattern, called "Greco's Mate", where the king is caught on the h-file.
  • Epaulette Mate

    An "epaulette" is an ornamental shoulder decoration worn by military officers. In this checkmating pattern, the checkmated king "wears" its own pieces on each shoulder, which block its escape.
  • Discovered Check (Cutting Off the Escape Square)

    When the king is cornered, it is important to weave the net carefully and not let him escape.
  • Checkmate With Rook and Two Bishops

    It is a very common scenario to have two bishops aimed at the kingside on adjacent diagonals. Here we will practice a typical method of checkmating the king when this happens.
  • Removing the Defender - Mate in 2

    Removing the defender is an important motif in all kinds of tactics, including checkmates. Sometimes a piece guards the checkmating square and needs to be removed!
  • "Quiet" Move

    Not every mating attack begins "noisily" (with checks or captures). Sometimes a quiet move can create a deadly threat.
  • Anderssen's Immortal Game

    A game between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky played in London in 1851 has gone down in history as the "Immortal Game". White sacrificed both rooks and reached the rich attacking position you now see.
  • Morphy's Smothered Checkmate

    Here we will see the finish to a game played by Paul Morphy in Paris, 1859. The game ended with a "smothered checkmate" - where the king is blocked on all sides by its own pieces. This is a very important pattern which everyone should learn on their way to chess mastery.

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