Power Play 1 - King: Mating Patterns

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You think you have seen enough checkmating combinations? I find it staggering how many checkmates are missed (by both sides) in games by the top players, let alone by us mortals. Recognizing the early outlines of mating patterns is a vital skill, not just for an attacker, but for a defender too: surviving wave after wave of threats can be discouraging for your opponent. Very often we see these checkmates when they are put before our eyes: on a puzzle page in a chess magazine, for example. But then we must ask ourselves, why do these kind of mating combinations occur time and again in games at all levels? In an actual game, when we are distracted by other factors positional, strategic, tactical and psychological, not to mention our old friend time pressure it is all too easy to miss these mating combinations. No one stands behind us whispering Stop! It is mate in 3 (unless you are cheating and someone has flicked on Fritz.) Moreover, these critical moments often occur late in the game generally near the time control. Therefore it is vital that we are able to recognize these patterns quickly! There is no excuse: now is the time to revise and rehearse those mating patterns. Grandmaster Daniel King has been a professional chess player for more than 20 years. During that time he has represented his country on many occasions, including an historic match victory over the Soviet Union in Reykjavik, 1990. At the same time he has distinguished himself as a coach, helping many of England's younger generation to achieve their potential. Besides his chess career, he has built up a reputation as a commentator on television, radio and the internet. He is also an award-winning author of more than 15 books.

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    Power Play 1 - King: Mating Patterns 4 Stars

    Posted by John Galt from Orlando on 27th Apr 2013

    The mates from actual games that involve sacrifices are spectacular, but Daniel King does not usually analyze what happens if the sacrifices are declined by black. Especially in the double bishop sacrifices, the capture of the second bishop is not forced, and analysis by Fritz shows that black can equalize by simply declining the second bishop sacrifice.Nevertheless, the pattern recognition for these mating attacks is worth the cost of the DVD. Even though a sacrifice may demolish black's pawn cover, it is often possible for black to equalize. Daniel King follows the game, but I would like to see more analysis of how black can equalize by declining the sacrifice(s), because not all are forced. I used Fritz to do some of the analysis that Daniel King did not include on the DVD. Overall though, I recommend the DVD as a useful training tool. I can only give Daniel King 4 stars compared the thorough 5 star analysis I've come to expect from Nigel Davies.