Questions tagged [checkmate]

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Is this checkmate?

[fen "3Q4/8/k7/5p2/q2p1Pp1/2p3P1/K1P5/3R4 w - - 0 1"] I recently started playing chess and was doing some puzzles online. It says that this move is checkmate but I don't see why white can't move to ...
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Which is better, going for checkmate, or forcing immediate resignation?

Let's say you have a position where you can win the opponent's queen in one move and you know he will resign; or you play a combination that is technically stronger since it forces mate, but it takes ...
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A position in which there is no possible checkmate [duplicate]

I saw the game Firouzja vs Carlsen in world blitz championship in which Carlsen flagged Firouzja. Carlsen won because even though he had only a bishop, there could be a possible mate position. I am ...
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Moving into check for a draw as black, why is it illegal? Comparison to Racing Kings

I am confused why you cannot move into a check when it can force your opponent to capture your king and expose theirs. In such a case why is there no extra move to result in a draw? In the "Racing ...
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What is the farthest away a game can be from a guaranteed checkmate?

What is the maximum number of moves away from checkmate that a player can be where checkmate is guaranteed? There are many positions that are a guaranteed win for a player if played perfectly right? (...
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What kind of checkmate pattern is this?

I played this game and was wondering, is this a checkmate pattern with a name?
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How is this situation not a checkmate?

According to the chess app I am using, this is not a checkmate against black: [FEN "1rk4r/1p6/3p3q/Q1pPbRnP/p1P3B1/P6P/1P4R1/7K w - - 0 1"] 1. Rf7+ How is it not? I think the black king is ...
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Checkmate in 7 moves?

In the below chess position, the chess.com computer analysis says that there is a checkmate in 7 moves for Black, but I can't find the way. Can you help me find the solution? White's last move was ...
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How is the threat Qxh7 relevant here?

According to chess.com, "White threatens both Qxh7 and Qxf8 checkmate - Black cannot defend against both threats.". Would the threat the white Queen has towards h7 be enough to have a checkmate? How ...
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Is this position a forced win for Black after move 14?

In this Lichess game, [FEN ""] 1.c4 e5 2.e4 d6 3.Nc3 Be6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5. d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 c5 8.Qd3 g6 9. Be2 Bg7 10.O-O Nh6 11.Re1 Ng4 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.e5 Bxe5 14.Nd5 Qh4 15. Nc7+ Kd7 16. ...
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How many different ways are there to checkmate in the early game?

We all know the shortest possible checkmate is 4 ply: f3 e5 g4 Qh5# This isn't the only possible move order. In fact, there are 8, depending on whether white moves the f or g pawn first, ...
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Is it still back-rank mate when there aren't friendly pieces blocking?

The definition of the back rank mate is: A Back-Rank Mate is a checkmate delivered by a rook or queen along the back rank in which the mated king is unable to move up the board because the ...
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Can it be useful for a player block with a hanging piece in a back rank mate situation?

Could the following situation possibly exist? It's White to play, and Black is about to get back rank mated. This is because the King's mobility is restricted to a single file. Then White gives a ...
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Is there a name attributed to this type of checkmate pattern?

I was going over an old Lichess game of mine, when I realized that I had played out the final mating position in a few other games before, as seen below. [FEN "5rk1/p4pp1/1p5p/2p4Q/2P3R1/P4q2/6RP/...
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What is a pure checkmate?

Recently I heard something about pure checkmate. This is a special kind of checkmate where each of the squares around the king has to be covered by just one single piece. One simple example of this ...
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Is black in check? [duplicate]

I know this sounds like a really basic question, but I couldn't find it anywhere on the site... On the following board, is the black king actually in check (assuming it's his move)? My thoughts are ...
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Does this knight and rook mating pattern have a name, or has it occurred before?

[fen "5k2/8/1R6/5r2/P7/1P4P1/6KP/5n2 b - - 0 40"] With black to move, remarkably it's mate in 2 (at first glance, it looks like black may struggle to even draw). It occurred in a recent LiChess game ...
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What’s the total number of KNN vs K checkmate positions?

EDIT: What’s with all the downvotes people? I accept criticism, but I feel that someone needs to at least a say a little bit of why. What’s the total number of KNN vs. K checkmate positions? I ...
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Why do people make a huge pause before making even a simple checkmate? [closed]

Are they already so happy about the victory or is this behavior of the cheat program? I don’t believe in what they think over the simplest move.
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Can someone make a puzzle in which a KNN vs. K checkmate is forced in the end?

No, I am not asking if a KNN vs. K can be forced if those are all that's on the board. It is well known that this is impossible. (I wasn't quite sure om if I should have put this in here or in the ...
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A position in which checkmate is forced (obligatory)

I am looking for a position in which all possible moves are checkmate. This means, that if the player does not want to checkmate the opponent, because for example he feels sorry for him, even in that ...
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When exactly does a checkmate or stalemate take effect?

I'm not enthusiastic about chess in particular, so if I use terminology incorrectly please correct me. I use "phase 1 & phase 2" for each player's move, and "turn n" for each pair of phases. I'm ...
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Would certain checkmates be possible if the king could move into check?

Similar to a previous question of mine, let's suppose there's a piece that moves like the king, but isn't restricted from moving into check. While a normal king and two knights can't force checkmate, ...
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Is there a faster way to do horizontal castling checkmate?

Horizontal: wherein the rook attacks down a rank. I have composed horizontal castling checkmates for both the queenside and kingside. Is there any possible way to make these mates go any faster? ...
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What is the fastest vertical castling checkmate for both the kingside and the queenside?

Vertical: wherein the rook attacks down a file. Since I like to know fast ways to do theoretical objectives in chess, I wish to know the fastest possible castling checkmate, for both queenside and ...
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On the board: white king vs. black king with knight and rook. Could checkmate be done without the black king’s help?

Just something I randomly came up with. Sorry if it is a duplicate.
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What are the quckest helpmates delivered by rook, knight, bishop, and pawn?

What are the quickest helpmates, which is where both sides help administer checkmate to one side, delivered by the rook, knight, bishop, and pawn? Said piece has to deliver the checkmate on the final ...
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App Mis-calculated Checkmate?

How is this checkmate? The King isn't even in check! Am I missing something, or did the chess app goof up?
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Black only has pawns: Mate in what?

In a standard opening position in chess, imagine that all black pieces are removed except for the king and pawns as follows: What is the shortest forced mate, assuming white starts? I don't know the ...
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Finding a mating net in a RRN vs RRN endgame

This question relates to a game I played on LiChess (link), from which we have the following position: [FEN "8/2rn4/2pN2k1/r1Pp2p1/p2P4/3KPP2/R7/7R w - - 4 42"] In this position with white to move, ...
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What is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?

The question pretty much sums up what I want to know. There is nothing else to add here.
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How many possible two-move checkmates are there?

Yes, I am well aware that Fool's Mate exists. But how many other possible two move checkmates exist in chess?
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What is the fastest possible checkmate? [duplicate]

What is the fastest/shortest possible checkmate? What is the minimum amount of moves to checkmate a side?
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Why queen traps happen so frequently? [closed]

I am aware that in most chess games the king is the one to be checkmated. Yet when playing many online chess games I have found the queen is the the one being checkmated. Is this simply another ...
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Why isn't the objective of chess to capture the opponent's king? [duplicate]

The objective of chess is to put the opponent's king in a position where it cannot evade capture. Why not go all the way? Short of tremendous blunders of moving into check, chess would be completely ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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How is this not checkmate? I had loads of time to spare

See below my game last night, I am white and I got 3 queens. He only has the king left. We have loads of time left. It was a 30min game. As soon as I moved my original queen up one space and got him ...
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How is this checkmate … or does chess.com have a bug? [closed]

Playing as black against the chess.com computer, the following position was reached and chess.com declared checkmate in its favor. However, I don't see that the black king is in check. So is this a ...
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How is a game of chess won?

My understanding is that there are basically two ways in which a game of chess is won. (1) One side gives (or forces) checkmate, regardless of material situation on the board. He may be in material ...
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Is this considered checkmate or not?

What if there's a touch move rule, and my knight or bishop is blocking my king, and I touch it.m Is that a checkmate? If not, what is it called?
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If a king is in check can the opponents king take said king if it puts him in check? [duplicate]

Q a king is in check can the opponents king take said king if it puts him in check? Boyfriend is having none of and thinks he wins ... surely you can’t put yourself in check even if the opponents ...
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Is it possible to give two more checks here?

If the knight moves then is it possible to give check mate? I have already given one check. I was playing a game of "3 check". How can I get two more checks? Is it not possible? 3 check is a mode in ...
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How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing Chesscademy's android app for a while when I'm bored: thought it could improve my chess to be solving their tactic challenges (not sure if it's working though..). One pattern I ...
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En Passant Checkmate

I made a check with a pawn that was subject to an en passant movement. The check led to a checkmate, but the rules at chess.com didn't count it as a checkmate but let the opponent make his move. He ...
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When checkmate is impossible in a position

Edit This question is not a duplicate, as mentioned in my comment. The linked supposedly-duplicate question addresses neither my below question #1, nor question #3, nor question #2 except tangentially ...
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How are chess engines able to rank a Mate in X above a Mate in X+Y?

According to an engine, a mate in X moves = +infinity, since it is a forced win for it. Also according to an engine, a mate in X+Y moves = +infinity, since it's a forced win (just more moves, but an ...
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What longest number of moves for a forced mate position (including draw rules)?

What is the longest (currently discovered) number of moves for a forced mate position where players will use both the 50-move draw rule and the 3-fold repetition rule if it will help them avoid losing?...
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Can I mate black in 4 moves in this game

Can I mate black in 4 moves in this game
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How to mate a king already in the corner with a knight and a bishop?

How can white mate black in 4 moves in this game. This might be easy but I am a beginner. 7k/7N/6K1/8/7p/7B/8/8 w - - 1 0
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How can white mate black in 4 moves in this particular game.

How can white mte black in 4 moves in this game. This might be easy but I am a beginner. (https://i.stack.imgur.com/r5n6R.png)