Mastery: Tactics

Checkmate Patterns You Should Know

Checkmate Patterns You Should Know

Practice essential checkmating patterns with GM Simon Williams! Learn these incredible ideas to shock your opponents and win!

  • Fool's Mate

    Don't be a fool! Learn how to prevent and take advantage of Fool's mate tactics.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Back Rank Mate

    Keep an eye on the back rank and master back-rank mate checkmate tactics.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Kiss of Death Mate

    A queen's kiss can be deadly. Master the kiss of death checkmate.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Damiano Mate

    A pawn in the enemy camp can be deadly. Learn about sacrifices and the stunning Damiano mate.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Opera Mate

    Learn about one of the most famous games of all time and the amazing Opera Checkmate!

    • 6 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Arabian Mate

    Perhaps the oldest type of checkmate - learn about the stunning Arabian mate!

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Morphy Mate

    Another Paul Morphy specialty! Learn about the powerful Morphy mate.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Boden's Mate

    Watch out for the bishop pair! Learn about the spectacular and surprising Boden's mate.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Epaulette Mate

    Having your rooks near the king isn't always helpful - learn about the surprising Epaulette Mate.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Dovetail Mate

    Learn about a checkmate pattern that looks like a dove, but is anything but peaceful!

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Smothered Mate

    Get ready to sacrifice your queen! Learn about one of the most fun mating combinations in chess - the smothered checkmate.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Double Bishop Mate

    The bishop pair make a great team, especially when aiming for checkmate!

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Legal's Mate

    Learn about one of the most shocking mate tactics in all of chess. After you learn Legal's mate, you'll never look at f-pawn the same way again!

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Anastasia Mate

    Knights, queens and rooks work together for the spectacular Anastasia mate. Learn how to use it in your own games!

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Forrest Gump Mate

    Learn how to make the opponent's king run across the board like Forrest Gump!

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
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