Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Check Mate in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Check Mate in a Chess Game


Now I would like to show you some simple mating
positions. So far, we haven’t really discussed much about how mate is actually implemented
or what mate looks like. Well, mate, checkmate can occur at any point during the game, and
in the examples that I’m going to give you for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to assume
that there are relatively few pieces left on the board, and that in fact black only
has his king remaining. So, basically the idea of the strategy is to drive the king
back towards the edge of the board, it’s always far easier in these situations to mate that
way. And all you need really, is to have some support, usually it’s simplest to mate with
a queen, you can use other pieces, but the queen is the most powerful and effective piece
by far in these situations. And if it’s white to move, a simple checkmate here would be
this. That’s the end of it, there’s no way black can get out of it. And most of these
simple mates at the end follow the same general concept. This would be the example. Here the
queen again comes in. This time it’s supported by the bishop. But providing the queen has
the support and can get to this square here next to the king at the edge of the board,
it’s over. One final example of the same point. Let’s say this time that it’ s with the rook,
and again the same concepts, black has been driven to the edge of the board, queen comes
in, supported by the rook, checkmate. It’s finished.

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