The first basic checkmate that juniors should learn is the King and Queen versus King checkmate. It is easy to remember, so long as the rules are followed.
- Step 1 restrict the opposite King to the edge of the board.
- Step 2 move the Queen so it is a Knights move away from the King. Imagine if the Queen was a Knight, where can I put the Queen so the King would be in check. Make sure you keep the King at the edge of the board.
- Step 3 when the opposite King is in the corner, do not move your Queen. This is important. Now is the time to move you King up the board.
- Step 4 when the King has come up the board, it can help the Queen deliver checkmate.
This is a stalemate position, and it something you want to avoid. If the position is a stalemate, it means the result is a draw. If you are the one with a King and Queen and you allow a stalemate, your opponent will be very happy!
Notice how the opponent King has no squares to move to, and since the King is not in check, this means Stalemate and a Draw