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Tag Archives: Chess Tactics and Strategy

Greco’s Mate

Greco's Mate

Greco’s Mate: Gioachino Greco (1600 – 1634) was an Italian chess player and writer who recorded some of the earliest known chess games. He was the first to use the initials NN to describe an anonymous opponent and his writings are said to have influenced many future GrandMasters.  His rivals and chess comrads of the day were Ruy Lopez de …

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The Two Bishop Sacrifice

The Two Bishop Sacrifice

The Two Bishop Sacrifice: One of the most famous games where a double bishop sacrifice was the showstopper of the game was played in 1889 between German World Champion Emmanuel Lasker and Johann Hermann Bauer. It has since become the standard model of this mate for over 125 years.  Your mission is to “Strip” your opponent of his pawn defenses …

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Blackburne’s Mate

Blackburne's Mate

You’re already familiar with this racous character Joseph Henry Blackburne who terrorized players with his swashbuckling style in the late 1800s, early 1900s.  It’s not surprising they also named a Mating Pattern after him, which he allegedly used against his opponents.  The pattern is characterized by a knight on g5 – controlling the h7 square, and two bishops attacking both …

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The Missing Defensive f-pawn

The Missing Defensive f-pawn

When the king is castled kingside, the f-pawn is an important defensive piece.  If it has been pushed or moved it leaves the diagonal open for an attacking bishop, making the king’s safety vulnerable.  The king is usually shielded by his remaining g and h-pawns but he’s limited in the squares he can call “Safe”.  Your mission is to OPEN …

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Basic Mating Patterns

Basic Mating patterns

Here are some simple chess puzzles, mate in 1/2/3 well known mating patterns. Every chess player must know. I hope you enjoy these puzzles. 1. Scholar’s mate White to play and check mate in 1. 2.Fool’s mate White to play and checkmate in 1. 3.Backrank mate White to play and mate in 2. 4.Smothered mate White to play and check mate in …

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Mikhail Tal – The Magician from Riga !!

Mikhail Tal – The Magician from Riga !!

Mikhail Tal was known for his crazy sacrifices over the board and very strong aggressive play. Many of his sacrifices left his opponents bamboozled and they often made mistakes thus giving Tal the edge. It was him this Magician who presented the world the beauty of chess through sacrifices and tactics never seen before. They called him the Magician from …

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