How to mate with bishop and knight


Finally we have arrived to the most difficult “elementary” checkmate – The bishop and knight checkmate.

First of all I would like to enter a short theoretical discussion. There is much to be said about the point of learning this checkmate in great detail.

Because the main argument against bothering yourself with this relatively complicated mechanicsm is the probability of its occurence over the board.

I can talk from my experience. During the course of the last 6 years I have played around 150 tournament games.

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How to mate with two bishops


After learning elementary queen and rook checkmates it is time to take another “small step” for a chessplayer and learn another elementary mate.

If you recall the basic chess rules, the next piece on the relative strength scale  is the bishop. However, from the bishop onwards, a single piece can’t deliver the elementary checkmate to the bare opponent’s king.

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How to mate with rook


In the prevous post we have learned the elementary queen checkmate. Therefore, it is time to move one step forward. Since the rook is the second strongest piece, (remember basic chess rules), learning the rook checkmate next  is  quite logical.


First of all, in order to understand the mating mechanicsm, it is important to know the basic mating picture. Because knowing which position  you are aiming for might make your moves more purposeful.

Despite the fact that “it’s all about the hunt, not about the kill”. Since in chess one is very fond of killing the enemy king as fast as possible.

Another version of “hunt – kill” phrase that has no relation to chess whatsoever

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How to mate with queen


After we have explained the basic chess rules and movement of the pieces, we can take the next step. And that is learning the elementary ways of checkmating the opponent’s king.

Checkmating enemy king is the goal of every chess game. Therefore, learning how to checkmate should be one of the first steps of every chess beginner.

Since there are numerous ways to checkmate the enemy king, the question is where to begin.

While one could theoretically start with more complex mates,  it wouldn’t make much sence. For educational purposes I think it is better to keep things rather simple. Therefore, learning to mate the “bare” opponent king is probably one of the very first thing every chessplayer should learn.

Because of their nature, such mates are also known as elementary mates.

Let us follow the Bible.. it claims it all started in the beginning

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