# Mastery: Misc

## Squares and Rules

"Square and Rules" begins with a number of examples designed to get the student thinking about the squares that pieces "cover". We then present the special rules of chess.

• ### Counting Squares: The Rook

How many squares do you control?

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• ### Counting Squares: The Bishop

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• ### Counting Squares: The Knight

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• ### Multiple Squares

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• ### Electric Fence

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• ### Twin Fences

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• ### Confine Him

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• ### Squares, Not Pieces!

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• ### The Starting Position

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• ### Castling

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• ### Castling Queenside

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• ### Stalemate

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• ### Perpetual Check

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• ### Pawn promotion

Here we learn about pawn promotion.

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• ### Three Queens

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• ### Drawn pawnless endings

There are some chess positions, particularly endings, where there is no substitute for chess knowledge. This is especially true in pawnless endings. In some of these endings you could play for hours without knowing that there may be no way to win the...

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• ### How to make a draw

Most master games that are drawn do not get that way because of stalemate. There are several other ways to make a draw.

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• ### En Passant

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• ### The Values of the Pieces: Point Count

The player who has traded his weak pieces for his opponent's strong pieces is said to have an advantage in material. A player can use a material advantage to force a checkmate or to capture more opposing pieces eventually overcoming the opponent by weight...

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• ### Play a Check

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• ### Getting Out of Check

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The chessboard is an 8x8 checkered board of sixty-four black and white squares. Each square on a chessboard is given a name that combines a letter and a number. This enables people to write down whole games and play through them hundreds (!) of years...

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• ### Learning About Ranks and Files

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• ### Notation from Black's Point of View

NOTE: For this Challenge, make sure that you are viewing the board from Black's perspective. (Check the Options menu items "Flip Board now!", and/or "Black at the Bottom when Black to Play").

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• ### Recording the Moves

The purpose of defining a chess notation is so that we can record the moves to a game. Recording your games is an important part of improving in chess. Not only is it required in tournament chess, it is also a good idea to record any games that you might...

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• ### Visualizing the Chessboard

One of the key skills that will help you to advance in chess is the ability to visualize the board in your head. When you are calculating where the pieces can be several moves from now you aren't moving them on the board, you are moving them in your head....

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• ### Notation Practice

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• ### For Help in Following Notation

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• ### Double Control

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• ### Serious Support

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• ### Clogged Up File

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• ### Piling On

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• ### Reviewing the Point Count

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• ### Double Attack

This basic position illustrates the combinational theme of double attack.

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• ### Double Attack with a Rook

This combination illustrates the theme of double attack, which occurs when you are able to attack two of your opponent's pieces simultaneously.

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• ### Pin

When moving one piece would cause another piece of even greater value to be lost, we say that the first piece is pinned to the second piece. If that second piece is the king, then we have an absolute pin. The following example is a basic illustration...

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• ### The Power of Discovery

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• ### Discovered Attack

A discovered attack is like an ambush. One piece, ready to attack, waits in the wings for another piece to move out of the way.

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