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  • Tactical Patterns You Must Know Video Series

    In this video series, IM Daniel Rensch is here to educate us all on some chess fundamentals. You will want to go through these courses more than once. This video series will cover everything from basic tactical patterns to complex mating nets. T... | Read More

  • How to Mate Your Opponent

    How to Mate Your Opponent   "Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation: As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #42 - Trivial or Quadrivial?

    Professor: Welcome, class. Are you ready for some chess? Class: Yes we are, Professor. Professor: I thought today we’d take it easy and look at a few trouble-free problems, nothing special. With various tournaments coming up, it can’t h... | Read More

  • The Return of Readers’ Games, Part 1

    When I was doing readers’ games (and I’ll return to that at some point next year) I would heap praise on good moves or even interesting moves, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call a horrible move what it was... horrible. Some readers ... | Read More

  • Hannibal Lecter Presents: Readers' Questions

    Due to the crash of my website email address (which has finally been fixed), I didn’t look at my business letters for a month and a half. There were about 60 waiting for me. One was from a guy that wanted me to give him a study program that feat... | Read More


    • Mating patterns 1

      Mating combinations often come as the crown to a successful attack. You must recognize the underlying mating pattern in good time in order to force the win. The following positions are puzzles and you must try to solve them yourself. It is very i... | Read More

      • Harish73
      • | Apr 10, 2016
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    • Mating patterns in 5-min-games (9) - Black attacked the Ruy Lopez following Dubois-Steinitz

      This is a nice mating pattern. Let's call it pin and mate. My opponent played a nice attack against my castled king following a famous game often attributed to Steinitz with the black pieces against Dubois. First my loss. The cited game  is int... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Mar 17, 2016
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    • Mating pattern in the endgame (1)

      When reading a review of the book "Endgame virtuoso Anatoly Karpov" a sentence stuck in my mind. The reviewer was astonished how often Karpov worked with mating patterns in his endgames. Since this day I'm searching in each ending for mating patte... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Mar 15, 2016
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    • Mating patterns in 5-min-games (8) - A rare R+2P mate

      This time I was sitting on a lucky chair. After having slowly ruined my position with white and struggled to get by and some drawing chances the following position arouse. White danced around to compensate his material leeway. The pin of the nf6 ... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Mar 13, 2016
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    • Mating patterns in 5-min-games (7) - Aaarghh - Should have seen that basic mate

      This is about a simple mate in a position (down) I was under pressure: Black to move. Thinking about the development I forgot the mate. 1... Nd7?? 2.Ng6+ hxg6 3.Rh3# Nothing special. It shows a basic motiv you can find in every basic tactics ... | Read More

      • Klauer
      • | Mar 4, 2016
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  • US Championships Semi-Finals

    Women’s Games Decisive, Men Decide Nothing By FM Mike Klein After the first round of semifinal games of the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship, two ladies emerged victorious while all four men agreed to peace. IM Anna Zato... | Read More



  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    The Swallow's Tail Mate is a rare mating pattern. The king is checkmated by an enemy queen, and two friendly pieces block off the backward-diagonal escape squares. Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • mating combinations

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    More violence in this page of chessopedia,(a game of chess)as you learn some more ways of killing the enemy king.Most of these ideas involve sacrifices,and very often, queen sacrifices. when you attack the enemy king in a way that you let him esc... Read More »

  • Checkmate

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    Checkmate (frequently shortened to mate) is a situation in chess in which one player's king is in check and there is no way to remove that threat; it is a check from which there is no legal move to remove check through either capturing the pie... Read More »

  • Mating Net

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    This article is in relation to Mating Patterns Parts 1 and 2. If you didn't read those yet, please do so before reading this. When you are attacking your opponent's king, the normal reaction is to check as much as possible. It gives you a feeling... Read More »