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Session # 26

Now we look at one of the most important tactics that you will need for now in the endgame. The square method. The square method is based on the principal that if we retrain the space of the king little by little, it will eventually be forced to go on a last rank or file, where it is possible to checkmate the king. It is done with the rook or queen and the king, its important to keep the king with that piece through the whole process.

Here, the rook just played to f3 to give less space to the enemy king, the black king then moved to g1

Here, the king plays to e3 to eventually paly his rook to f3. Black will play to g2.

Here, the white king plays to e2, just to wate a move so that black gets out of the g2 square, so that white can play their rook to f2 or their king to f2.

Black played to g1, so white can now move his rook to f2, making the space smaller and smaller to black. The black king moves to h1.

White moves their their king to f3, in order to play at g3, next move, where, it will be possible to mate the enemy. Black plays to g1

White now move their king to g3 and black plays to h1. Now white can finally checkmate the enemy by playing their rook to f1.


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