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Arabian Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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This game collection is intended to be a source of Arabian Mates in the strict definition of the term. The Rook attacks the King and the Knight covers an escape square of the defending King and also protects the attacking Rook. This mate pattern is common in the corner, but may be used in other parts of the board as well.

Smothered Mate and the Arabian Mate are equally appealing to me, but I have found that many beginners and some near-intermediate chess students find the Arabian Mate difficult to understand and use. It only makes sense to them when I break it down by escape squares and danger/attacked squares, then show the process of how the Arabian Mate can be reached.

Many chess authors seem content to allow equivocation among the Anastasia's Mate, Arabian Mate, Hook Mate, Vukovic Mate and others. However, these mate types are given distinctive treatment in several books. For brevity, THE ART OF ATTACK IN CHESS, by IM Vladimir Vukovic should be sufficient as a citation. Chapter 4: Mating Patterns has distinct sections for these and other checkmate processes.

Here is an example of the Arabian Mate, from the game Z Andriasian vs B Burg, 2013


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This game collection is a project in progress. Games are listed in date order, not in order of importance.

A Master makes an Arabian Mate at the finish line
Reiner vs Steinitz, 1860 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 0-1

Black mates while facing a Back Rank Mate!
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 35 moves, 0-1

The Master makes an Arabian Mate
Lasker vs NN, 1900 
(C14) French, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Continuation 30. gxh3 Rh2# gives an Arabian Mate
Gunsberg vs Janowski, 1902 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

Another great Arabian Mate at the finish line
P F Johner vs W M Gattie, 1906 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

White sacrifices Queen to trap King in horns of the Knight
Nimzowitsch vs A Gize, 1913 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate: 41. ... Kg8 42. Nf6+ Kh8 43. Rxh7#
M Golmayo De La Torriente vs H K Mattison, 1928 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

Continuation leads to an Arabian Mate
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Continuation 32. ... Bxh6 33. Rh7# gives an Arabian Mate
W Fairhurst vs Menchik, 1935 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Rook Lift, Queen sacrifice and Arabian Mate all in one!
Koltanowski vs NN, 1945 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate in the middle of the board!
Edward Holt vs T Bingamon, 1947 
(C56) Two Knights, 14 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate after 23. ... Rg8 24. Qxh7+! Rxh7 25. Rxg8#
G Barcza vs O Troianescu, 1948 
(A06) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

One (slower) continuation leads to an Arabian Mate
Parma vs M Damjanovic, 1960 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 26 moves, 0-1

Impending Arabian Mate by 43. ... Rg8#
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1967 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 42 moves, 0-1

Finishes with a classic Arabian Mate
Drasko vs Z Velickovic, 1993 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 53 moves, 1-0

Finishes with an Arabian Mate
Illescas Cordoba vs Short, 1995 
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Continuation leads to Arabian Mate: 29. Rxa2 Rb1#.
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Finishes with a classic Arabian Mate
K Maliszewski vs V Schweitzer, 1999
(B15) Caro-Kann, 39 moves, 0-1

Friendly Rook is a "stopper" in the Arabian Mate matrix
Agrest vs D Zilberstein, 2003 
(E61) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate: 28. ... Nxd8 29. Rxd8+ Rg8 30. Rxg8#
M Willich vs P Fink, 2004 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 28 moves, 1-0

See this continuation: 45. ... Rxf7 46. Rb8+ Rf8 47. Rxf8#.
Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2006 
(A15) English, 45 moves, 1-0

Finishes with a classic Arabian Mate
E Nuritdinova vs N Khoudgarian, 2006
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

Continuation gives an Arabian Mate (avoided with better play)
A Stukopin vs B Hasenohr, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Continuation 42. ... Kxh7 43. Nf6+ Kh8 44. Rg8#-- Arabian Mate
Kotronias vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice leads to Arabian Mate: 49. Bxh3 Rh2#.
D G Fridman vs Lenderman, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

An Arabian Mate variation-- Queen mates instead of the Rook.
Bu Xiangzhi vs S Tologontegin, 2010 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

A classic Arabian Mate
Z Andriasian vs B Burg, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

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