Essential Checkmating Patterns

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Chess is all about patterns. Without pattern recognition or good intuition, no one would be good at chess! Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent tools and training materials to help with memorizing patterns. One obvious resource is puzzle rush. Playing and analyzing many games will also help with recognizing different patterns and ideas.


What patterns should I study?


As many as you can! Most importantly, you must know basic and advanced checkmating patterns to convert winning games to victories.


In this post, I have listed ten must-know patterns for every chess player. Some have real game examples to help with seeing how the patterns are executed.


1. Smothered Mate


This pattern is quite tricky but is very deadly if implemented correctly.



2. Anatasia's Mate



3. Arabian Mate



4. Back Rank Mate


The most basic checkmating pattern.


5. Blind Swine Mate


Showing the power of two connected rooks on the seventh.


6. Légal’s Mate


A deadly trick in the Philidor Opening.



7. Scholars Mate


Usually the first pattern beginners learn.


8. Boden's Mate


The bishop pair excels in this combination!



9. Damiano's Mate



10. Morphy's Mate


Like the smothered mate, this pattern uses the resource of a discovered check.


Of course, this list is very short! Make it a priority to learn all of the checkmating patterns. Learning them will not only help you checkmate your opponent, but to also plan ideas in the middlegame!


Once again, learning these patterns will boost your intuition and overall chess skill. It is essential to know as many patterns in chess as possible.


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