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How to Play Chess: Checkmate Basics

by Ivan I. | Fun FREE

6 Lessons 45:50
  1. 1. Two Rooks (Ladder Checkmate) 6:05
  2. 2. Back Rank 9:16
  3. 3. One Rook 12:38
  4. 4. One Queen 9:08
  5. 5. Fool's Mate 3:52
  6. 6. Scholar's Mate 4:51



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About the course

Checkmating is the best way to win when learning how to play chess. While there are many ways to checkmate the enemy king, every chess player should know the basic patterns such as checkmating with different pieces and back-rank checkmate. In this class we will explore some simple patterns and common scenarios for checkmate. We will also be exploring two checkmates that occur in the beginning of the game. These checkmates called the Fool's Mate and Scholar's Mate are easy to learn and avoid for all chess players.


  • Analysis
  • Checkmate
  • Chess
  • Game
  • Mind
  • Rules


I have tutored hundreds of students in various subjects, formats, and locations. I have taught students both online and in-person subjects ranging from chess, SAT, ACT, computer science, SHSAT, and personal finance. I have hosted large classes as well as one-on-one sessions. In high school, I have taught SHSAT at a tutoring school, chess at a non-profit organization and for an after school program. As a college student, I host online chess workshops as well as private lessons. I cater my lessons to the needs of the class and individual and strive to make the topic engaging, interactive, and fun!

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