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.
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.
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.