Anatomy of a Checkmate

10 March, 2013 (14:21) in Chess written by James Yates

Just a quick lil video from GM Alexandra Kosteniuk where she checkmates GM Wang Hao in a blitz match (much to his surprise) in super…slow…motion…complete with a satisfying grimace at the end from GM Hao when he realizes taking the pawn with his Knight has left the g2 square undefended and vulnerable to the Queen swooping in for mate.

“Wait….What?!” the voice in his head exclaimed, “No, it can’t be true.” But the board did not lie, the pungent aroma of checkmate still hanging in the air. “I must….look away,” he thought as he shielded his eyes from the reality of it.

Also, jeeeeeeez it’s been a long time in between posts. Where does the time go?! I’ve been toiling away on some new guides that WILL be released in 2013!! Be back in a bit.

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