Legal’s Mate

Legals Mate in Chess

The Legals Mate is Deadly in a game of chess!

Watch out for the trap of the deadly Legal’s Mate! It comes out of the Philidor defense, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 (Philidor’s) 3. Nc3 a6? 4. Bc4 Bg4 5. Nxe5! Bxd1? 6. Bxf7+ Ke7 7. Nd5# and it’s curtains! Don’t just memorize the moves though, understand the concept (good advice for any series of moves) of being able to check such that the king is trapped and can only move to e7, and that nothing can capture the Knight when it lands on d5. If the bishop, for example moves off its original square, then the f8 square comes available for the king to escape to and woops! You lost your queen for nothing. Watch the video and see the Legal’s Mate Victory Dance!

En Passant

There are a few exception in the rules of chess; things like pawn promotion,…
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Pawns in Starting Position in Chess

How the Pawns Moves

The Pawns are always the smallest of the pieces, and you should have eight…
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This is a Giant Chess Board found in India. Locals believe it was used by Bheema and his son Ghatotkacha used to practice chess.

The Mahabharata and the Origins of Chess

Did you ever stop to wonder where the game of Chess came from and…
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Santa Monica Chess Rain

Chess Blind-spots

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How the bishop moves and attacks

The Bishop and how it moves

The Bishop is a great chess piece. It has a unique way of moving…
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How the Rook Moves in Chess

The Rook and how it moves

The Rook is an important piece to use in chess and ┬ánot very hard…
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