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Legall's Checkmates Kingside and Queenside
Compiled by dwesturner9580
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Fredthebear has read that Legall's Mate was originally spelled with two "L"s for many years. Today, it is more often seen spelled with just one "L", perhaps because a computer spell checker prefers one "L" and places a red underline under the longer (but seemingly correct) traditional spelling.

Technically speaking, there is no Legall's Mate on the Queenside. However, there are numerous examples of Unpins of a similar nature that sacrifice the sitting queen that lead to checkmate or material advantage. The concept of the opponent's greed and ignorance of the next reply after capturing the queen is much the same on either side of the board; both patterns are well worth knowing.

Other Bishop and Knight checkmates are placed below the two Legall's Mates sections. In these examples, neither minor piece captures w/check (usually); the Bishop is on an open diagonal and the Knight is flanked or more advanced instead of in the center.

* 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.

* Bill Wall should have been on beer commercials crushing empty beer cans with his bare hands: Bill Wall

Blackburne's Trap is an Unpin (sitting Q sac) Legall's Mate
Blackburne vs NN, 1885  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 1-0

A longer, more elegant Legall's Mate
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C28) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian (B01) 1-0 Legall's Mate extended version king hike
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian Modern (B01) 1-0 Extended Legall's Mate for K walk
J Perrier vs F J Wellmuth, 1917  
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Scandinavian Var (B02) 1-0 BLACK K MARCH!!
P Vucinic vs D Djurovic, 1984 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense 1...g6 2.h4 (B06) 1/2-1/2 Castle into Q sac?!
F Mora vs Suttles, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian, Morphy G, Andreaschek Gambit (B21) 1-0 Bxf7+ K Walk
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit (C25) 1-0Pillsbury inflicts Legal's#
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Gambit Knight Var (C25) 1-0 Can opener
Steinitz vs NN, 1860 
(C25) Vienna, 12 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit Bb5 (C30) 1-0 Unpin, sitting Q sac for a mating net
Lasker vs NN, 1903 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Fictional post-mortem analysis; extended Legall's Mate!
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit (C30) 1-0 Legall's Mate goes extra innings!
Gunsberg vs NN, 1907  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

KGA B's Gambit Bryan Countergambit (C33) 1-0 A Superb Shot!
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 1-0

Three Knights Opening (C46) 1-0 Legall's mating attack pays off
K Pahl vs Werkmeister, 1942 
(C46) Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Unusual Scotch, Potter Variation (C45) 0-1 Unpin, King walk
M Ahn vs T Ruck, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Pianissimo (C53) 0-1 Unpin Q sac, anything but quiet!
L Vajda vs Sutovsky, 2006 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 0-1

Spanish, Open Variation (C80) 1-0 Q sacs, P mate miniature
D Duhm vs A Duhm, 1900 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 17 moves, 1-0

QGD Marshall Def (D06) 1-0 Common unpin wins in 11
D Genz vs D Boehmer, 1985 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin 2.c3 Barmen Def Central Exch (B22) Common trap
S Noorda vs J Sibe, 1965 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 14 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin 2.c3 Barmen Def Central X$(B22) 1-0Common unpin
S Jackson vs B Sinka, 1981
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch Def: Williams Var (B00) 1-0 Minors biting majors
K Spraggett vs F South, 1976 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch Def: Scandinavian Advance 3.e5 (B00) 1-0 Bold Q sac
Smagin vs Sahovic, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Franco-Sicilian Def: Marshall Gambit (C10) 1-0 Qside Discovery+
B Wall vs J Lippert, 1980 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 8 moves, 1-0

A real circus follows an early queen sacrifice
Keene vs E Fielder, 1964  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79) 0-1Pawn roller
L Carranza vs Alekhine, 1926 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 18 moves, 0-1

Splendid series of deflection sacrifices
Zsuzsa Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Symmetrical. Rubinstein (A34) 0-1 N&B stunner
Uhlmann vs H Liebert, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical (D35) 1-0 B&N mate
E Delmar vs NN, 1898 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit: Declined. Classical(C30) 0-1Multiple ways to mate
Pulvermacher vs Capablanca, 1907 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 10 moves, 0-1

Urusov Gambit (C42) Turn the tables; hunter becomes the hunted
NN vs Zukertort, 1862 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 10 moves, 0-1

Italian, Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack (C55) 0-1 8.Re1+ Kf8
Muller vs Bayer, 1908 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Italian, Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attack (C55) 0-1 8.Re1+ Kf8
Rubinstein vs G G Bartoszkiewicz, 1897 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

This looked like a game of "Give Away" chess
I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1926 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Spanish Open, St. Pburg Var (C82) 0-1 3 piece # pattern
B Lengyel vs V M Mikhalevski, 1993 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 22 moves, 0-1

QGD Albin Countergambit (D08) 0-1 Very, VERY unique mate!!
S S Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1905 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

St Petersburg 1909- clear 1st, awarded Master title
B Verlinsky vs Alekhine, 1909 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 28 moves, 0-1

Italian: Classical Greco Gambit Mason Gambit (C53) miniature
Alekhine vs NN, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

English, Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni (A31) 1-0 Windmill into #
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Philidor Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (C41) 0-1 Dbl Rook Sac
O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Latvian G. /Giuoco Pianissimo. Lucchini Gambit(C50) 0-1 P mate
M General vs Dubois, 1850 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

Spanish Steinitz Defense (C62) 1-0 A Knight on the 6th...
L Schmid vs Welz, 1945 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

KGA Bishop's Gambit Bryan CG (C33)0-1 K walk; Reinfeld # puzzle
J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

KGA Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Def (C39) 1-0 Which N wins?
Blackburne vs Wilson, 1880  
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)Nice finish!
Prince Dadian vs M Bitcham, 1892 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Art of Attack in Chess by Vladamir Vukovic, p. 83
O Field vs O Tenner, 1923 
(C58) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Italian, Scotch Gambit, Max Lange Atk (C55) 1-0 Deflection Sac
B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

WOW!!! Sacrifice after Sacrifice and mate with three minors!!!
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Rook odds and beautiful mating combination
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

Giving Q odds still produces K walk
W Potter vs NN, 1870 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

Italian Classical. Greco G. Traditional (C54) 0-1The Clean Mate
A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863  
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Zukertort vs Dutch (A04) 1-0 Too many Black pawn moves
Krasenkow vs S Kindermann, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: West Indian Defense(E61) 0-1 Top 10 Q&R sacrifice
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Extreme Efficiency, A Beautiful Mating Combination
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Closed. Kecskemet Var (C75) 1-0A bit like a Greek Gift
L Schmid vs K Gumprich, 1950 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 30 moves, 1-0

Q's Gambit Declined: Marshall Def (D06) 1-0 Clearance Sacrifice
Keene vs Briant, 1988 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Levenfish Variation (B71) 1-0 Oops
Nezhmetdinov vs P Ermolin, 1946 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48) 1-0 f6 leaks
O M Hindle vs D R Thomson, 1962 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Ch. 1, p. 13 in Tactics in the Sicilian by Nesis
Geller vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian - French Def (A08) 1-0 Q sac, B helps N dual
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attack. ML (B52)1-0 Q&N sac, Discover Dbl+, Nh6#
R Antonio vs T Dao, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def: Classical. Quiet System Czech Def (B08) 1-0 Arabian #
R Simic vs A Planinc, 1979 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

KIA / Hungarian / Closed Sicilian (A07) 1-0 Bold Arabian Mate
Robson vs A Udeshi, 2011 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Var (C48) 1-0 Boden's #
Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. ML (C51) 1-0 Sitting Q sac for SENSATIONAL #
M Lange vs Mayet, 1853 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

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