Sunday, January 18, 2015

How to Lose at Chess - Losing by Checkmate

Losing by Checkmate

As beginners, we all learn that you lose a game by getting checkmated. Later, if you start playing tournament chess, you learn that you can simply resign a game, or lose on time. Unfortunately, you may find yourself in a casual game with no clock, and an opponent who will not accept your resignation. For situations like this, you will need to learn how to get checkmated.

There are three keys to getting checkmated:

  1. Expose your king to attack along open lines.
  2. Leave the squares around your king unprotected.
  3. Limit the number of squares your king can move to.

In future posts we will use these ideas as we learn about getting checkmated in the opening phase of the game, typical mating patterns, and as a last resort, checkmates in the endgame.

How to Lose at Chess - Introduction

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