In the position below it’s white’s turn to move. Can you find the combination that leads to checkmate?
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Checkmate combinations and patterns #1 Solution
When you calculate moves you should always consider all the checks, captures and threats you can make.
1.Rd8+ forces black to play 1… Bf8, which would expose the black king on the g-file.
Now white can gain a tempo and bring the queen into the attack at the same time:
Instead, black blocks the check by playing 2… Qg7.
White can now take advantage of the fact that black’s queen is pinned.
Black’s response is forced. Also that the g7-square is now occupied by a black piece. which means black can’t use it as an escape square for the king.
And now next move is checkmate:
The final move is easy to find but it was quite as simple to spot this idea from the initial position. By studying checkmate patterns such as this one you will improve your chances to find similar checkmate combinations in your own games.