Checkmate is the ultimate goal of the game. The ability to deliver a checkmate is closely tied to tactics. It is a very important skill that chess players of all levels, and especially those under 2200 should focus on. The best approach to studying checkmates is to carefully understand the ideas and remember the key pattern. Pattern recognition is the key concept here. It is well known that chess masters know 1000s of tactical combinations and are able to instantly identify them. Today we will learn 10 must-know checkmates.