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Consummating a Checkmate in Chess

A checkmate is the decisive factor for a win in chess. We have to know what makes a checkmate in the game and what does not. Here are some considerations for a checkmate in chess.

First, a checkmate can be done only against a king. No other piece can be checked like this. Second, a checkmate has to happen simultaneously with a check against the king. This is especially observed when there's only the enemy king left in the game. Without a check to the king, a tactic that disables it from making any move depreciates into a stalemate. A stalemate is a tie in the game, negating any lead and effort of a winning player.

A checkmate is declared once the enemy king has no way out of a check. The enemy may move the king away, block the path of the check, or capture the checking piece. If none of this can work for the king it is vanquished and the game ends. No matter if the opponent still has a lot of powerful pieces than us, if we checkmate the enemy king we win.

A checkmate may occur early in the game. It may also happen at mid-play or towards the later part of the game. Any piece can execute the final check to the king that also checkmates it. Even a pawn may be the checkmating piece heavily supported by other pieces. Most times a queen does the final blow against the enemy king.

A checkmate in chess early in the game is more humiliating than one suffered at mid-play or at the end. Weak players mostly suffer from an early checkmate. Intermediate players suffer it at mid-play. Good players suffer it at the end, and sometimes even frustrate it through a stalemate. But there are ways to avert it from happening at the start of a game.

To prevent a checkmate from happening to us at the start or mid-play, we have to ensure a strong network of defense. The king must be well guarded, every piece should be defended, and we must check the enemy king as often as possible. We must also be able to think ahead of the enemy and foresee how a checkmate scenario is brewing and act immediately on it.

A checkmate in chess should be defended well against when aimed at us, but executed accurately when aimed at the enemy. It should be according to chess rules to make it legitimate and decisive for a victory.

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