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 ...
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What are the setups/patterns useful in defence?

We have typical checkmating patterns (e.g. smothered mate). Similarly are there any standard setups/patterns useful specifically for defense? I am not looking for standard tactics like pinning/...
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What common patterns should I look for in chess?

When I started learning, I had lots of games where I lost lots of material through not being familiar with these sneaky attacks. I am talking about these: There are many more (two minor pieces being ...
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Full “reverse checkers” position in GM game with 12 or more pieces per player?

In yesterday's Tata Steel tournament in this game between Dubov and Artemiev this position was reached: [title "Dubov - Artemiev Tata Steel 2020"] [fen "r1r5/1p1q1pk1/2n1p1p1/2RpP2p/p2P3P/P1Q3P1/...
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Guide to using a book

I am currently twenty years old. I learned the rules of chess when I was eight and played on and off for a long time. However, I did not take it seriously. Recently after joining chess.com and trying ...
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What is the name of this mating pattern?

Recently I delivered the mate shown below. Does it have a name? [fen "1r5r/2p3pp/2R5/1pkPpp2/2b1P3/2K2P2/6PP/R7 w - - 0 1"]
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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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Is this an Anderssen's mate or Opera mate?

Is this an Anderssen's mate or Opera mate? According to Wikipedia, Opera mate uses losing's side pawn to restrict its own king. In this position, f7 fulfils that requirement. But it also fits the ...
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Looking for information on PARADISE (software)

I am working on developing statistics around the middlegame. During searching I found a little information about PARADISE (PAttern Recognition Applied to DIrecting SEarch), which was developed by ...
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What's this mate called?

I've blundered and had this played on me before. Is there a specific name for the mate? [FEN "8/8/8/8/1n6/8/qPP5/1KR5 w - - 0 1"]
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Take my Queen, Please

I find the conclusion of the following game very aesthetic. White could have won by taking in d3 or in f5, but played the cute Qe5, which sacrifices the Queen, puts Queens side-by-side (in the middle ...
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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 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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Is a piece hanging if it is defended by a higher value piece?

In this extreme examplethe c5 pawn is defended three times, though white can take the pawn with an advantage. [FEN "2r1k3/2r5/2q5/2p5/8/8/PPR5/KN4B1 w - - 0 1"] What about if the defender is a ...