Lesson 8 - Checkmate Patterns: Introduction
If you do not know what is a checkmate or if you need a refresh, I recommend that you go through the page introducing the checkmate before continuing.
Here is the plan I propose for this lesson:
- Corridor / Back Rank Mate
- Epaulette Mate
- Smothered Mate
- Lethal Kiss Mate
- Checkmating a Lone King
- Other Patterns
- Checkmate Threats
- Famous Checkmates
We could also call this lesson: "Learn to finish your opponent"! It is indeed very important to learn how to end a winning game. By mastering the different checkmate patterns, it is much easier to conduct our army toward a position where we can give the fatal blow against the enemy king. Also, a player mastering checkmate patterns will be able to avoid the traps layed by the opponent. So to summarize, the benefits of knowing the different checkmate patterns will allow a player to win games but also to avoid loosing some... it seems to be an excellent investment to start studying them!
In this lesson, we will see and analyse the most common checkmating patterns. This will help you find new opportunities when you are the attacker or feel the danger when you are on the defense.
We already know that a chekmate is the most brutal way of finishing a chess game. If a player succeeds in reaching a position where a sequence of forcing moves ends up in a checkmate, he/she secures the victory. Checkmates are sometimes quite spectaculars : strong players can sometimes find them 5 or 6 moves ahead, but usually a checkmate rarely happens between two strong players. However, these players use checkmate threats to gain a position or material advantage over the opponent. We will also cover this aspect in this lesson.
Let's start the lesson with the next page on the corridor / back rank mate.