Questions tagged [patterns]

Chess patterns are themes and ideas that are repeated in many chess games. Strong players recognize patterns very quickly. Indeed, this is one of the reasons that they can evaluate and find good moves in a short amount of time. Patterns include tactical tricks (forks, skewers, pins) and checkmating patterns (see also wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkmate_pattern).

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What are some of the checkmates with very few moves?

I would like to learn about a few checkmates using very few moves. I know a one where you develop the knight and march it directly towards the King. Does anyone know the name of this mate and suggest ...
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In Chess, are there simple “mechanics” that amateurs can learn to improve their game?

In the board game Go, for instance, it is often of great importance whether or not a stone can be captured in a so-called "ladder" (an often complicated formation). One of the things that separates ...
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Why is it common to castle right after the opponent castles?

After watching many chess games, I've noticed that many players castle right after their opponent castles. Is this a coincidence? Or is there an unspoken benefit of this? Edit: And by right after I ...