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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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[FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. Nc3 axb5 6. e4 b4 7. Nb5 Nxe4 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Nd6#
answered Aug 20 '14 by DrCapablasker