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If you’re new to chess, you may have heard about a quick strategy to win in four moves. This is called the Scholar’s Mate, one of the most common patterns beginners fall for. Finishing the game off in four moves might seem difficult and not so frequent. But according to the database, nearly 700,000 games […]
Chess notation is the language of chess and you will eventually need to learn it if you want to continue down this road and make your journey easier. One of the first things you learn when starting out is how to read each square. Each of the 64 squares has a unique name and you […]
Checkmating an opponent is an ultimate goal of any chess game. Knowing typical mating patterns already decides half of the success. By learning the typical checkmates, you will be able to not only increase your chances of mating your opponent, but also will be able to avoid getting mated yourself. In this article we will […]
It is easier to checkmate with two rooks than with one rook. Therefore, this endgame is harder than the king and two rooks versus king endgame. However, if you follow the three steps for this endgame, you will always be able to get checkmate.
This is the most common endgame in chess. It usually comes about when you promote a pawn to a queen, and then you have to checkmate the opponent to win the game. The best way to do this is to follow the three steps for this endgame. You will be able to force the opponent […]
There are three ways to attack the king. It is very important to know all three ways, and the differences between them. 1) Check: When the king is under attack by one of the opponent’s pieces, the king is in check. When your king is in check, you must get out of check. You are […]
It always surprised me how many chess players are unfamiliar with chess terminology. I was recently talking with a player whose rating will hit the master’s level very shortly. We went over the game which was just played between two of us and I mentioned the word “Skewer” while analyzing. He obviously did not know […]
As we all know, the ultimate goal of chess is to deliver a checkmate. Fortunately not all checkmates in chess are as complicated as the one discussed here. Today we’ll focus on 13 most common checkmates in chess. You should always look to setup one while playing a game and also be aware of these […]
Here is the game played against the Little Chess Partner. The online version plays around 2000 ELO on fast PCs, maybe better. I was running Little Chess Partner on AMD Athlon(TM) 4800+ 62×2 Processor, with 2 Gb RAM. Program was set for 10 seconds fixed time search. While playing Little Chess Partner I discovered a […]
Fool’s mate is the quickest mate in the game of chess possible: in just 2 moves. Even in the games of beginners it rarely occurs. Now you know why it isn’t wise to start the game with 1.f3. It weakens White’s kingside in major way. Fool’s Mate just exploits this weakness right away.