In the position below it’s black to move. Can you find the combination that leads to checkmate?
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Note that 1… Qh2+ 2.Kf1 Qh1+ 3.Qg1 and white escapes.
Checkmate combinations and patterns #2 Solution
1… Bh2+ forces the king to the h1 square, which would give black a discovered check on the next move.
Black can now use the discovered check to place his bishop on a more useful square.
The point is that this move attacks the f2-square. This is important because the black queen will now be supported by the bishop.
And now black has mate in two:
Since the black bishop blocks the path of the white queen on the g-file 4… Qh1# would be mate too.
The key move in this checkmate combination is 1… Bh2+ and not Qh2+, which would give white the opportunity to escape. By playing 1… Bh2+, black gives himself a free move by first forcing the white king into the corner and at the same time prepare a discovered attack.
This is a useful checkmate pattern to know. If you play chess a lot there is a good chance you will come across this idea again in your future games.