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Mating Patterns - forced mating sequences

Checkmate - 'King and Rook ' v 'King'

Wolverhampton Chess Club


In the next two diagrams the White King is checkmated.

If the King in theses case were to move out of line with the Rook attacking it, it would have to move to a square next to it's opposing King,which is not allowed.

We know that two Kings must never occupy squares next to each other.


The difference in this position is that the two Kings are not directly opposite each other.

Although the Black Rook is checking the White King it now has an 'escape square' and can move to.