Typical Position
WHITE to move:
GRECO'S MATE
Named after Greco, a famous Italian player of the early 17th century. In the general structure of the pre-mating position (typically as shown, left) Black has castled behind an advanced KBPawn and White is already in a position to be able to control the diagonal QR2-KKt8 (a2-g8) but is lacking command of the file KR1-KR8 (h1-h8).
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1.Kt-K7 db.ch
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1. . K-R1 forced
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2.Kt-Kt6 ch
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2. . PxKt forced
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3.R-KR4 mate
Mates or Clear