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This mating pattern is called a Railroad checkmate. A queen and rook force the opposing king to walk between them to the edge of the board where a Support mate occurs. No obstructive pawn or minor piece is involved.

This forced king walk involves three adjacent ranks or files with one major piece on each. A queen and a rook serving as tracks are separated by one rank or file occupied by the opposing king caught between them. The rook supported by the queen, and then the queen supported by the rook, shuffle along the same rank or file giving check, pushing the opposing king farther along his same rank or file until he's mated at the edge of the board. All three move in the same straight line like a locomotive moving down the train tracks. This mating pattern does not occur that often, and when it does, master players soon resign before it plays out to conclusion. Corridor mates (including the Lawnmower mate), Blind Swine mates on the same rank, and Arabian mates with the aid of a knight usually occur instead.

The Railroad checkmate makes for a good warm-up pattern for young players AFTER they know how to conduct all types of Corridor mates.

Unfortunately, the mostly weak examples included here thus far are not to FTB's satisfaction. The reader will need to visualize the final steps from the last move given.

Site under construction until Fredthebear croaks or goes broke.

* Game Collection: Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns This link has a good, concise collection of diagrammed checkmate patterns by name. The new reader may wish to consult it initially to the point of memorization.

Sicilian, Canal Attack. Haag Gambit (B52) 1-0 Q supports R#
E V Kalegin vs S Yuferov, 1990 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Colle-Zukertort vs Tarrasch Def (D02) 1-0Possible Railroad Mate
Gladys Anne Paloma vs Marie Faustine Shimwa, 2014 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: $icilian Invite / Q pawn(A04) 1-0 Railroad #
P K Wells vs Emms, 2000 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Benoni Def: Taimanov Var (A67) 0-1 Wild sacs into rapid K chase
P Littlewood vs D Norwood, 1985 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Budapest Def. Adler Var(A52)1-0 g-file railroad mate is coming
F Vallejo Pons vs A Romero Holmes, 2002 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def. Chekhover (B53) 1-0 Railroad Finish w/Q&R
Geller vs Kogan, 1946 
(B53) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Closed. Delayed Exchange (C85) 1-0 Brief RR technique
Bronstein vs Gligoric, 1967 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 40 moves, 1-0

Trompowsky Attack (A45) 1-0 Interference; Tag Team K chase
M Karttunen vs M J Armstrong, 2006 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Var (A01) 1-0 Get the Q in close
L Karlsson vs J Gallagher, 2005
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

Not a Railroad Mate, but interesting steering of K
Maroczy vs Marshall, 1905 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

This Dovetail+ forces a K walk into Railroad Mate if completed
G Abrahams vs J Cukierman, 1936 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 1-0 A long king walk
Ivanchuk vs Onischuk, 2005 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed Variation (B23) 1-0 Methodical destruction
G Welling vs Kappler, 1983 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

P3 Stonewall Attack (D00) 1-0 Rank & File Spearheads
Pillsbury vs J M Hanham, 1893 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Philidor Def. 5.g4 Shirov's Gambit (C41) 1-0 White penetrates
D Petrosian vs V Kutynec, 2008
(C41) Philidor Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Game 11 in Twenty-five Annotated Games by Robert Huebner
Huebner vs J Kaplan, 1974 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 42 moves, 1-0

QGD. Three Knights (D37) 1-0 Sit and solve this on your throne!
N Katishonok vs H Gulbis, 1989 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Schmidt Var (C45) 1-0 Bxf7+, Re7+ nets royalty
Zsofia Polgar vs P Sinkovics, 1992
(C45) Scotch Game, 32 moves, 1-0

QGA. Central. Greco Var (D20) 0-1 Railroad Mate is coming!
G Andre vs N Guliyev, 2010 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

N Puric vs V Ianov, 2001
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 104 moves, 0-1

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