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Hook Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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Vladimir Vukovic showed two versions of a particular kind of Rook and Knight checkmate pattern in his book, THE ART OF ATTACK IN CHESS, (c)1993 by Cardogan Press, Chapter 4: Mating Patterns, under "Typical Mates with Enemy Pieces," page 72, both from within one diagram.

Here is that starting position (note that Vukovic had not placed the White King, however):


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The two pending mates were not labelled with names there, but several chess writers have identified them as forms of the Hook Mate. IM Vukovic declares it to be "a typical mating pattern well worth remembering." I have managed to use it in OTB play and like to introduce it to my students as well.

One version of the Hook Mate, which I think of as part of a slash/swoosh, proceeds from the diagram by 1. Rd8+ Kh7 2. Rh8#:


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I use the code <SW> for this version of the Hook Mate. The vital chessmen span three files.

Here is the other version, which seems to resemble a sickle or question mark (without the dot at the bottom), as provided by IM Vukovic as a result of 1. Rd8+ Kf7 2. Rf8#:


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I use the code <QM> for this version of the Hook Mate. The vital group of chessmen here span only two files.

Note that the Pawn could be on either diagonal "behind" the Knight (away from the opposing King). This point is significant because the SW and QM versions differ only by the positioning of this Pawn.

The code <IV> is for Interesting Variations, those games which do not fit either of those previous types. Most often, a chess piece (not a Pawn) protects the Rook, even from a distance.

This Hook Mate game collection only has games with the defending King and the attacking Rook in the same file, i.e., a vertical orientation, or the same rank, i.e, a horizontal orientation. Of course, this mate most frequently occurs with King and Rook in the same file, but check out this game for the horizontal flavor:

Rouse, Philip vs Henke, Simon
Corr. 2001 23 moves 1-0

CG doesn't have it in their database, so here is its score:

Date "2001"
White "Rouse, Philip (ENG)"
Black "Henke, Simon (GER)"
Result "1-0"
ECO "A45"
Opening "Trompovsky attack (Ruth, Opovcensky opening)"

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Bd3 h6 5. Bh4 Nc6 6. c3 b6 7. e5 Nd5 8. Bg3 Bg5 9. Nf3 Nf4 10. Bf1 Bb7 11. h4 Bxh4 12. Nxh4 Nd5 13. Nd2 Nce7 14. Bd3 Qc8 15. a3 c5 16. Ne4 O-O 17. c4 Nc7 18. Nf6+ Kh8 19. Qh5 Ne8 20. Ng6+ fxg6 21. Qxh6+ gxh6 22. Rxh6+ Kg7 23. Rh7# 1-0

Its mating position is:


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Also, there is a game between two girls in the semi-finals of the Ukrainian championship for U14 that also ends with the Hook Mate in the horizontal orientation:

Poshivaylo, K. vs Breslavskaya, Galina
Lvov, Ukraine 1999 32 moves 0-1 <SW>

Again, CG doesn't have it in their database, so here is its score:

Event "Ch Ukraine"
Site "Lvov (Ukraine)"
Date "1999"
White "Poshivaylo, K."
Black "Breslavskaya, Galina (UKR)"
Result "0-1"
ECO "B01"

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bc4 Bg4 5. f3 Bc8 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bc4 b5 8. Bb3 Bc8 9. Qe2 Ba6 10. d3 g6 11. c4 Bg7 12. Nc3 bxc4 13. dxc4 O-O 14. Be3 c6 15. Qf2 cxd5 16. cxd5 Nbd7 17. Bxa7 Ne5 18. Qb6 Nd3+ 19. Kd2 Bh6+ 20. Kc2 Qd7 21. Rd1 Qxa7 22. Qxa7 Nb4+ 23. Kb1 Rxa7 24. Nh3 Rfa8 25. g4 Nd7 26. a3 Bd3+ 27. Ka1 Nc5 28. Ba2 Nc2+ 29. Kb1 Nxa3+ 30. Ka1 Nb3+ 31. Bxb3 Nc2+ 32. Kb1 Ra1# 0-1

Its mating position is:


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ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection prior to 2015 and he updates it on occasion. This project is a work in progress, culling games from various sources, including several chess training books and personal research. The games are ordered by date (oldest first), not by importance.

Be well.
Be safe.

QM-- Classic example of the Hook Mate
Marshall vs W Napier, 1898 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

IV Hook Mate if continuation: 36. ... Rf6 37. Rh8+ Kf7 38. Rf8#
Janowski vs Schlechter, 1899 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

IV Continuation: 34. Kxg1 Rf1+ 35. Kh2 Rh1#
Kholmov vs W Pietzsch, 1965 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

IV (Horizontal) Hook Mate near the Center
Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

IV (Horizontal) Hook Mate
Van der Sterren vs Ljubojevic, 1987 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

QM Hook Mate Pending (mate in 8 by Stockfish)
V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 
(D94) Grunfeld, 34 moves, 0-1

QM Two protectors for supporting Knight
D Pavasovic vs T Fogarasi, 1994 
(B40) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

SW Hook Mate
G Trikaliotis vs I Miladinovic, 1996 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

SW Alternate 46. Nfg6+ Kh7 47. Rh8# Hook Mate with N support
Seirawan vs L Christiansen, 1997 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

SW Hook mate at EOG; Black pre-empts White's mating line!
R Zampronio vs M Guimaraes de Souza, 1999 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 46 moves, 0-1

QM Continuation for Hook Mate toward the Center
R Rubenchik vs Ashley, 2000 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 0-1

SW Common version of the Hook Mate
E Amigues vs K Georgiev, 2002 
(E92) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

SW White King supports the Knight
S Williams vs J Critelli, 2003
(A16) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Pending QM Hook Mate using the Queen by 60. Kg2 Qg1#.
N Ronchetti vs J Netzer, 2004
(B40) Sicilian, 59 moves, 0-1

QM Classic example of Hook Mate
G Danner vs J Fletcher, 2005 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

SW Continuation 41. Re3 Rf1# results in a Hook Mate
Kazhgaleyev vs Polgar, 2007 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 40 moves, 0-1

SW + QM Three continuations for Hook Mate; one by the Queen!
Nepomniachtchi vs I Salgado Lopez, 2008 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

QM Mate in corner continuation: 57. Kh2 Ng3 58. Bd2 Rh1#
Svidler vs Gelfand, 2009 
(A28) English, 56 moves, 0-1

IV Distant Rook protects the Knight
P Cramling vs Hector, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

IV Distant Bishop protects the Knight
T Goutali vs O Lima, 2010 
(B06) Robatsch, 17 moves, 1-0

TACTIC 36...Bxf8 37 Ng5+ Kg8 Royal Fork wins Queen for free!
Navara vs M Goodger, 2012 
(A81) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

QM If 40. ... Bxg7 41. Rxg7+ Rg6 42. Rxg6# (IV at actual end)
Ivanchuk vs Aronian, 2013 
(A36) English, 40 moves, 1-0

QM King close to the Center
Lenderman vs Samuel Herring, 2015 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

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