Check and Mate by Anastasiya Geller
A Beginners Guide with 2000 Examples
Woman International Master and experienced children’s coach Anastasiya Geller has written a textbook for beginners teaching them the very basics of attacking the enemy king. The reader will learn how to find a simple check and fully master one of the most important tactical elements in chess – checkmate in 1 move! The reader also learns how to choose the best defense against a check.
The book contains 2000 exercises, most of which are checkmates in 1 move – from the simplest mates with one piece to mating using several tactical techniques at once. The first part of the book introduces the concept of check and shows the reader how to recognize a safe check, before teaching discovered check. The second part gradually introduces different types of mate in a logical sequence by the different pieces, beginning with the rook and then progressing to the bishop, queen and knight. The third part of the book explains how to checkmate in one move using key techniques: checkmate with capturing, checkmate with a pawn promotion, checkmate with protection (including checkmate with a pawn), checkmate with pinning, checkmate with a discovered check, and checkmate with a double check.
Most of the positions to be solved have been selected from actual games of the strongest grandmasters of the present and the great masters of the past. For beginner chess players, their parents and coaches.
About the Author
Anastasiya Geller (born in 1994) attained the Woman International Master title by decision of FIDE in 2021. She has won first place and other prizes at many international and Russian tournaments. Anastasiya is a six-times girls junior champion of the Urals. She has a career-high FIDE rating of 2228, attained in 2021. Anastasiya has a degree in teaching and psychology as well as another degree in information technologies. She has over ten years of chess coaching experience, focusing on beginners and young children.
ISBN 978-5-6047849-7-6, Paperback, 412 pages, Elk & Ruby
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