Knight and Bishop Checkmate | Chess Endgames

Checkmating with a knight and a bishop requires knowledge and a precise technique. I have tried to explain it in steps simple to understand and learn!

As opposed to all other piece checkmating patterns, which are rather easy to grasp or even figure out on your own over the board without any prior knowledge (with the exception of mating with two bishops, which is gong to be covered in a separate video), the knight and bishop mate is far more complex.

There is really only one way, or one technique to achieve checkmate, and if you don’t know it, you will hardly be able to find it in a real game.

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Several things need to be kept in mind when it comes to knight and bishop checkmate:

1. You have to mate in less than 50 moves. Because of the 50 move rule, if no pawns are moved, or no pieces exchanged in 50 moves, the game is drawn. That means that you have a limited number of moves to mate. It can easily be done in 30 moves with correct technique, but if you are missing a single piece of the required knowledge, a hundred moves may not suffice.

2. You can only checkmate in the corner of your bishop’s color. Meaning that if you have a dark squared bishop you have to checkmate in a dark squared corner. Conversely, the defender’s king should try and hide in the opposite corner. You can checkmate on any square on the edge of the board (h and a files, 1st and 8th rank), but your opponent has to help you with that, and he can avoid it very easily.

3. Move your king up the board as much as you can at start. Take up as much space. Move your pieces closer only when your king can no longer improve its position.

4. Use both the knight and the bishop to cut the king off. Restraining is crucial.

5. The winning maneuver can begin when the king is stuck at the back row (any back row, vertically or diagonally). To achieve that, the easiest way is to force it into any corner of the board. From there the technique gets simpler.

6. To force the king into the corner you want, you have to use all three pieces. Your king to restrain it from moving up the board and to keep opposition, your bishop to cut it of the main retreat square on the bishop’s color, and the knight to cover the rest. You basically need your knight to compliment your bishop’s defect. The technique of moving the knight is popularly called the “W” maneuver. You move your knight in the shape of a W. For example – Nf7 to e5 to d7 to c5 to b7. The squares form a W!

7. The easiest piece constellation to force checkmate is knight – king – bishop lined up on the same file or rank.

8. You cannot win without waiting moves. Putting your opponent in zugzwang is crucial. Otherwise it wouldn’t be checkmate but stalemate!



  1. I mostly use the three rooks endgame so that if the king trys to escape I use me rook

  2. Is there in Russia always raining just asking coz noise is coming but it's fine, love from India sir ❤

  3. thanks for this video, i ve always struggled to checkmate with knight and bishop but after your video i managed it to checkmate the engine in 31 moves FIRST TRY!!!

  4. You added so many extra waiting moves by not moving the king into opposition.

  5. Bro is totally cheating by putting his hands over the eyes. 😂 Can't help myself, I had to tease you. LOL. Good content ❤ Subscribed!

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  7. Great video. A slight mistake at 12:09 though. If the king goes to c6 your bishop should cover the escape square on b5 via Bd3. If he goes back to Kc7 only then do you play Be4 which forces the king to the 8th rank. If he plays Kb7 instead of Kc7 you go Kd6 again forcing him to the 8th rank (or a7 in which case Kc6 forces his king to a8 and you then continue the knight manuver).

  8. You don’t understand this mate well enough to be making a video on it

  9. at 12:10 you said if Kc6 then Be4+ but that allows the king to go to b5 and running away. were you mistaken and you meant to go Bd3 instead to prevent the king to go b5 and forcing him to go back because he has no squares? But even after that I think it will get trick if Kb2

  10. Thank you for the amazing lessons. But…Please improve your audio quality.

  11. I am great fan of your videos but this one not working for me as opponent King escapes from C7 square .

  12. At 6:17 instead on a waiting move it's possible to play Nf7, and bh7 next move right???

  13. Oh yeah please keep making these checkmate videos !!!

  14. Helo bro….please put the vedio for pirc defense for black side and also tell the some tactics book for player under 1300 rating to improve to high rated please

  15. Hello sir I like your explanation and how you made it easy for all.. Can you suggest me some books to study please

  16. I thought you were master level ,from watching your lessons. 3 years of chess AND YOU ARE ALREADY THIS GOOD!
    I see GM in your future,its all in our minds.I've played since my late 20s but just the last year I take it serious,and study it too.
    I would love to get to expert level! I'm pawngrabber1957 on Lichess,by the way.

  17. Going from the easiest to the most difficult ending. You seem to be very happy btw

  18. I'm constantly impressed by your reasoning skills and ability to teach chess to a newb like me in clear, understandable language. Thanks for all that you do.

  19. Good lesson! I knew there were two methods, but the only one I knew was the triangles method. This way seems quicker in case you are in time trouble.

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