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Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns
Compiled by sdbehrendt

Based on the book "The Big Book of Chess" by Eric Schiller, here are the checkmates that I found on pages 88-98.

Back Rank Mate: A rook moves to the back rank, while the king is trapped by the pawns.

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Anastasia's Mate: A rook moves to check the king, while the knight covers escape squares.

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Anderssen's Mate: A rook moves to the back rank corner, protected by a pawn, which is in turn defended by the king.

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Arabian Mate: A rook, protected by the knight, moves to check a king in the corner.

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Blackburne's Mate: One bishop gives check, protected by a knight that covers one flight square, while the other bishop covers the other escape squares.

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Boden's Mate: One bishop moves to check the black king, which is hemmed in by its own pieces and cannot flee because of white's other bishop.

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Damiano's Mate: The queen gives checkmate, protected by the pawn.

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Knight Corner Mate: Use the knight to give check, while the rook stands guard on the file, and the pawn prevents the king from moving forward.

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Cozio's Mate: The queen delivers the checkmate, attacking the enemy king while the queen is guarded by its own king.

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Damiano Bishop Mate: The queen goes directly in front of the king, guarded by the bishop.

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David and Goliath Mate: A mere pawn checkmates the king, protected by the other pawn. Black's own pieces prevent its escape.

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Double Bishop Mate: The bishop moves to atttack the king along the long diagonal.

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Dovetail Mate: The queen checks the king, protected by the pawn.

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Epaulette Mate: Move the queen two squares in front of the enemy king, whose flanking rooks prevent any escape.

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Greco's Mate: The queen goes to the right edge of the board. The king's escape is cut off by the other bishop.

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Hook Mate: The rook slides over to the e-file so that it attacks the king. The knight protects it, and the pawn cuts off the remaning flight square.

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Corner Mate: The rook moves to the corner, protected by the bishop.

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Legal's Mate: The knight moves into a position to check the king. The bishop is guarded by the other knight, and the enemy pieces block the king's escape.

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Lolli's Mate: The pawn can guard the queen on the checkmating square.

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Max Lange's Mate: The queen moves to checking position next to the king, defended by its bishop.

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Minor Piece Mate: White gives check with the bishop, and the knight covers the king's escape squares.

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Morphy's Mate: The bishop gives check on the long diagonal. The rook and pawn insure that the king cannot escape.

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Reti's Mate: THe bishop goes to the edge of the board, giving check while guarded by the rook.

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Opera Mate: The rook checkmates on the back rank; it has the bishop as a protector.

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Pillsbury's Mate: The rook moves over to the g-file to give check to the king, who can't get to the the corner because of the bishop.

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Queen and Pawn Mate: The pawn acts as a guardian to protect the queen as it checkmates the king.

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Smothered Mate: The king is surrounded by its own forces, but cannot escape from the knight check.

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Note: I have disallowed smothered mates in this collection because I already have a collection: Game Collection: Checkmate: Smothered.

Suffocation Mate: The knight checks at e7, and the bishop covers the escape squares.

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Swallow-Tail Mate: The queen takes up a position directly in front of the king, defended by the bishop.

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Corridor's Mate: The queen delivers the checkmate on the edge of the board. A rook would do the job just as well.

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Mighty Queen Mate: The queen moves to the back rank, and checkmates all by itself, since the pawn blocks the king's escape.

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In order by mate listed, original mate, then date.

Back Rank Mate (Example #1) 35...Rxe1# 0-1 (10/20)
A Moen vs Topalov, 2013 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 35 moves, 0-1

Anastasia's Mate (Example #1) 22...Rh8# 0-1 (3/4)
I Dai vs M Motycakova, 2012 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Arabian Mate (Example #1) 18...Rg1# 0-1 (???)
Reiner vs Steinitz, 1860 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 0-1

Arabian Mate (Example #2) 35.Rxg8# 1-0 (???)
Lasker vs NN, 1900 
(C14) French, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate (Example #3) 44.Rg8# 1-0 (6/8)
P F Johner vs W M Gattie, 1906 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate (Example #4) 38.Rg8# 1-0 (???)
Nimzowitsch vs A Giese, 1913 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Arabian Mate (Example #5) 61...Rxh2# 0-1 (???)
Drasko vs S Velickovic, 1988 
(A43) Old Benoni, 61 moves, 0-1

Arabian Mate (Example #6) 29.Rh8# 1-0 (12/21)
Z Andriasian vs B Burg, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

Original Boden's Mate (Example #1) 15...Ba3# 0-1 (???)
R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Boden's Mate (Example #2) 14.Ba6# 1-0 (???)
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Boden's Mate (Example #3) 13.Ba6# 1-0 (???)
E J Diemer vs Portz, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Damiano's Mate (Example #1) 34.Qxg7# 1-0 (???)
Gilg vs A Westermeier, 1970
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Damiano's Mate (Example #2) 39.Qg7# 1-0 (3/12)
U Bajarani vs D Solak, 2010 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

48...Nf2# 0-1
H E Myers vs D Poliakoff, 1955 
(A04) Reti Opening, 49 moves, 0-1

Cozio Mate (Example #1) 38.Qg4# 1-0 (3/17) (???)
J Rousselle vs D Huang, 2012 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Double Bishop Mate (Example #1) 24.Bxe5# 1-0 (???)
H Ranneforth vs H E Dobell, 1903 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Double Bishop Mate (Example #2) 26...Bf3# 0-1 (???)
NN vs Tarrasch, 1915  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 26 moves, 0-1

Double Bishop Mate (Example #3) 16...Bxf3# 0-1 (???)
V Kahn vs Hartlaub, 1916 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Dovetail Mate (Example #1) 14.Qf6# 1-0 (???)
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Epaulette Mate (Example #1), 30.Qxf6# 1-0 (???)
Showalter vs Logan, 1890 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Epaulette Mate (Example #2) 29.Qd7# 1-0 (1/24)
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Greco's Mate (Example #1) 23...Qxh3# 0-1 (???)
J M de Oliveira Gomes vs J G Caetano Netto, 1942 
(C46) Three Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Hook Mate (Example #1 ) 52.Rf8# 1-0
Marshall vs W Napier, 1898 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

Original Legal's Mate (Example #1) 7.Nd5# 1-0 (???)
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Legal's Mate (Example #2) 10.Nd5# 1-0 (???)
Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1-0

Legal's Mate (Example #3) 9.Nd5# 1-0 (3/16)
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Legal's Mate (Example #4) 10...Nd4# 0-1 (???)
NN vs P Krueger, 1920 
(B01) Scandinavian, 10 moves, 0-1

Legal's Mate (Example #5) 18.Rxh8# 1-0
Euwe vs Loman, 1923 
(A09) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Legal's Mate (Example #6) 9...Nd4# 0-1 (???)
NN vs G Geshev, 1935 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Lolli's Mate (Example #1) 33.Qg7# 1-0 (???)
Blackburne vs A Steinkuehler, 1871 
(C21) Center Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Original Reti's Mate (Example #1) 11.Bd8# 1-0 (???)
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Original Opera's Mate (Example #1) 17.Rd8# 1-0 (???)
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Opera's Mate (Example #2) 17...Rf1# 0-1 (???)
J Schulten vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C26) Vienna, 17 moves, 0-1

Opera's Mate (Example #3) 15...Rh1# 0-1 (???)
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Opera's Mate (Example #4) 38.Rxb8# 1-0 (???)
Steinitz vs Vines, 1874
(C26) Vienna, 38 moves, 1-0

Opera Mate (Example #5) 11...Rxd1# 0-1 (???)
J Krejcik vs J Thirring, 1898 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 0-1

Opera's Mate (Example #6) 24.Rg8# 1-0 (???)
Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Opera's Mate (Example #7) 18.Rd8# 1-0 (???)
V Soultanbeieff vs NN, 1923 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury's Mate (Example #1) 23.Rxg5# 1-0 (???)
Anderssen vs B Suhle, 1860 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

Mighty Queen Mate (Example #1) 21.Qd8# 1-0 (???)
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Mighty Queen Mate (Example #2) 21.Qf8# 1-0 (???)
Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Mighty Queen Mate (Example #3) 9.Qf8# 1-0 (1/6)
Capablanca vs Edward Beckley Adams, 1909 
(C46) Three Knights, 9 moves, 1-0

35...Rh2# 0-1
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 35 moves, 0-1

Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

43...Qg3# 0-1
Anand vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

Arabian Mate 30.Rxg8# 1-0
Duras vs V Vlk, 1902 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

Suffocation Mate 23.Ne7# 1-0
Steinitz vs J B Brockenbrough, 1885 
(B40) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Greco's Mate (Example #2)
D Hall vs D Foord, 2007 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

M Milosavljevic vs M Rakic, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 23 moves, 0-1

E J Diemer vs Burger / Bartsch, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

B Koch vs H Nowarra, 1938 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

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