My Most Treasured Chess Possesion + Hook Mates.

My Most Treasured Chess Possesion + Hook Mates.

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My Most Treasured Chess Possesion + Hook Mates.


This is it. A chewing gum card.

Bobby Fischer

On the back it reads:

The Back

….er that’s it.

(Show us more Treasured Items Greenpawn…………..Russ)

I can’t. I’ve mislaid them.
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In the last blog Chessicle found a defensive idea in one of the games
and then repaired it. (see Thread 141949).

I often add a thread in the Chess Forum after a blog so we can see any
other games or ideas linked to the theme. I’ll give a link to the forum thread
at the end of the this blog.

Chessicle chose the theme for this week’s mating patterns. The Hook.

Mating Patterns. THE HOOK
It is a mate set up with the Rook and Knight. This example will show it.

ivanhoe - ActuaryMan RHP 2006

White has sacced his Queen for a Rook & Knight and a few pawns.
The critical factor being the state of both Kings.


A fine example of Bronstein’s answer to what is the strongest move on the board.

“Who ever has the move.”

Black to play mates in one. But it is White to play.



A handy position to know.
In chriskapsio - boidos RHP 2008 the pattern was apparently unknown to Black.



RegisMan - PigBenis RHP 2003


I’m spotting the mating pattern…


But it cannot be forced. Black spots a hook trap and goes for it.



wedgehead2 - MilkyJoe RHP 2009



mrshogi - Imnotkasparov RHP 2005

Where we back track seven moves before the mate and see what is going
on in both players minds.



LAHORE - abcdqazi RHP 2009

So desperate was Black to get onto the Blog he missed mate in one.



mikeviking - kristjan RHP 2008

The technique of Chess. Go two pawns up…swap Queens…



By now you are an expert on the Hook Mating Pattern.
How does Black continue from here?

andythekiller - JohngMiller RHP 2008


If you chose Rc8 then going to c1 then you are wrong. Too obvious.
Try if you can to mask your intentions.

Watch Black prove there is more than one way to bait a hook.



Enough of the hook mate I’m thinking.

We end with our traditional piece of fun.

I was hoping against hope I could find a player called ‘Hook’ who
did indeed play a hook mate.

Well I found a lad called ‘Hooked’ he was not involved in a hook mate.
But he was involved in this.

prabhu7777777 - hooked RHP 2009



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