Power Play 1: Mating Patterns: Train an Absolutely Vital Skill!

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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.

Recognising 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 recognise 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. 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.

System requirements:
Pentium-Processor at 300 Mhz or higher, 64 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9.0, DVD drive.

The Power Play Series:
Power Play   1 - Mating Patterns
Power Play   2 - Attacking the king
Power Play   3 - Pawn storm
Power Play   4 - Start Right
Power Play   5 - Pawns
Power Play   6 - Pawns, Pieces & Plans
Power Play   7 - Improve your pieces
Power Play   8 - Knights and Bishops
Power Play   9 - major pieces vs. minor pieces
Power Play 10 - Calculation
Power Play 11 - Defence
Power Play 12 - The Hedgehog 
Power Play 13 - The Squeeze
Power Play 14 - Test Your Tactics
Power Play 15 - Practical Pawn Endgames
Power Play 16 - Test Your Rook Endgames
Power Play 17 - Attack with 1.e4
Power Play 18 - The Sicilian Najdorf
Power Play 20 - Test your Attacking Chess
Power Play 21 - A Repertoire for Black against the Anti-Sicilians

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Edition : DVD
Publication date : November 27, 2006
Number of pages : 0
Publisher : ChessBase
Weight : 80 gram