Session # 16
BASIC CHECKMATES AND THE SQUARE METHOD
We will now take a look at a couple of fundamental checkmates. First;
the kiss of death is done with a queen and another piece that can protect
it. The protected queen is placed directly in front of the enemy king
that is on a side rank or file.
The hallway mate is done in a position in which the king is on the last
rank, with three pawns in front of him, in a way that it can only move
on that last rank, the pawns are blocking its way. We then bring a queen
or rook on that last rank, putting the king in checkmate
The scholar's mate is a sequence of moves that allows a mate very early
in the game if the other player is a very inexperienced one. It is very
easy to block that mate, and should not be used. However, it is good
that you know it in order to block it if someone dares try it on you.
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 Kiss of death!
Here, white can do the hallway mate by goin to a8 with their rook.
1. e2-e4 ... e7-e5
2. B-c4 ... N-c6
3. Q-f3 ... d6
4. Qxf7 mate
(the sequence of moves isn't important, the concept is)
Here, the space that the black king can move in is only the g and h
files and ranks 1 to 6. If the queen puts the king in check, the king
will only be able to move on the h file. Next move, the rook will only
have to move to h7 for the mate.
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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