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Back-rank mate

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Back-rank mate is a common situation that can be used to create checkmate in beginner level games.

Checkmating with two rooks

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In this lesson we learn how to checkmate using two rooks to push the king to the edge of the board.

Checkmating with a queen

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In this lesson we learn how to checkmate using only a king and a queen to push the opponents king to a corner.

Smothered Mate

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A smothered mate is a checkmate in which the opponent's king cannot move as it is surrounded by friendly pieces.

Breaking the covering pawns

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Our opponents king is usually hiding in the corner behind pawns, we need to break through this in order to checkmate.

Rooks, Files, and Ranks

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An introduction on how to use open files to send rooks into enemy territory, and how to use the 7th rank to eat up the enemy pawns.