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Raking Bishops Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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The Raking Bishops Mate features two Bishops (or a Bishop and Queen) that are next to each other and showing their power on adjacent diagonals. Therefore, this mate pattern is quite distinct from the Boden's Mate ("Criss-Cross Mate"). When the attacking side's King is close enough, these Bishops are sufficient for the checkmate, but normally some helpers are involved.

The Raking Bishops Mate is my colorful name for the Horwitz Bishops, which honor Bernhard Horwitz (1807-1885). This mate pattern may also be called Doubled Bishops, Parallel Bishops, Slashing Bishops, Tandem Bishops, and other names. However, "Harrwitz Bishops" is a mistaken reference to a contemporary of Horwitz, Daniel Harrwitz (1821-1884). Both of these adept chess players were born in Germany and they played many games against each other.

Three examples of these Bishops are given by Nimzowitsch in his book, MY SYSTEM, pages 148-149 (where "Horwitz Bishops" was given). Here is one of the them:


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There are many games with Raking Bishops that are not included at ChessGames.com yet, but my favorite is a Raking Bishops Mate carried out by a Pawn and a Bishop, amazingly:


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Agrest, Evgenij - Agrest, Svetlana
Cutro ITALY 2007 29 moves 1-0

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

Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

E Sobernheim vs S A Langleben, 1895 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Alternative move 30. ... Be3 would have won the Queen
Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1918 
(C28) Vienna Game, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1921 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

29... Bh4 Double Barrel Bishops force trade of Bishop for Rook
S Belavenets vs V Makogonov, 1937 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Fine vs M Riello, 1937 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Denker vs A J Fink, 1946 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Raking Queen and Bishop wins Queen (removing guard)
F Benitez vs Euwe, 1949 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1-0

Novotelnov vs Chistiakov, 1949 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Raking Bishop and Queen unleash checkmate; Deflection earlier
Fischer vs J Bennett, 1957 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 40 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Short vs Timman, 1987 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

Raking Bishops threaten mate by White Queen often
Adams vs W Stanton, 1993
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 1-0

Queen and very close Pawn make the checkmate
Kramnik vs NN, 1999 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 1-0

Raking Queen with Bishop in impending mate
Krasenkow vs Karpov, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Bologan vs Movsesian, 2005 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

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