Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Check Mate with a King & Rook in a Chess Game

Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Check Mate with a King & Rook in a Chess Game


So, the final one of these mates that I want
to show you is the king and rook mate, and this is a slightly more complicated mate,
although the underlying principle of driving the king back to the edge of the board is
the same. So in this example, white to move would come here; immediately insuring the
king can’t get back towards the center. Let’s say the king moves to here. The white king
would then move, let us say to here. Black would then attempt to stay as close to the
center as possible; would move to here, and what would happen at this point is that basically
the black the white rook would move to here. Now, notice if the white rook is there, it’s
already cutting off some of the moves of the black king. He cannot come to either of these
two squares; he would have to come here. Now, white would then move to here. Now, again
notice that black doesn’t have a great deal of choice, he can’t move here, and he can’t
move here. He’s got to move, so he would probably have to move here. Rook now takes up that
extra bit of room. Most likely, the black king would now come out; trying to attack
the rook, which would immediately be defended by the white king. Black would then have to
give way. The king would then move towards the opposition king. At this point, you would
probably get this move, and what would happen here is that the white king then would get
the opposition, the facing on the black king. Notice the black king cannot move here; he
cannot take the rook of course, and he cannot move in that direction. He has only one move
in effect, which is there. And what happens now is that the white rook moves to here,
taking away more space from the black king; still protected by his own king. Can’t go
here, can’t go here; he’s got to go to the edge. So let’s say that he goes to this edge,
and what happens now is that the white rook moves out of the way. The black king has to
move. Let’s say that he comes to this square here. The white king now closes in on him,
and it’s blacks move. He has only one move remaining you’ll notice, and that is to here
and now white goes in and completes the checkmate. The black king cannot escape.

2 thoughts on “Beginning Chess Lessons: Part 3 : How to Check Mate with a King & Rook in a Chess Game

  1. Tell me. I'm not a beginner, more or less intermediate, but still, I would love to see the mate. You can mate like this without facing kings if the lone king is in the corner and it is the opponent's move.

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