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Anastasia's Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark
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The checkmate pattern called the Anastasia's Mate is a colorful one. It often surprises students when seen for the first few times.

Only one "stopper" is needed, usually a defending chessman between the "horns" of the Knight. So a crowded position may be involved for the Anastasia's Mate, which can be stunning!

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

Queen Sacrifice tactic sets up the Anastasia's Mate.
C Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

An early example
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Mate is pending. One route: h3 Rxh3#. Be6 best for White, tho.
Leonhardt vs F Englund, 1908 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Queen Sacrifice tactic enabled this Anastasia's Mate.
W Berryman vs E Straat, 1919 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 14 moves, 1-0

37. ... Kxf8 38. Rd8# has the Anastasia's Mate in the vertical!
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

After the Black King captures, the Anastasia's Mate is obvious
J Penquite vs K A Anderson, 1949 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's Mate inevitable. 44. ... Bxe5 45. Qxh6#
Aronin vs Tolush, 1950
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 44 moves, 1-0

Queen Sacrifice tactic makes the Anastasia's Mate on next move
P Viner vs D Carey, 1961 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Long-distance Rook seals the Anastasia's Mate.
P Roth vs G Rajna, 1975 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrificed, now 37. ... Kxf8 38. Rd8#
T V Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Mate pending. Actual after 18. gxh5 Rh4#.
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Game ends with the Anastasia's Mate in a crowded field.
I Dai vs M Motycakova, 2012 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Mate threat as Rxh2# Kxh2 Rh8# makes White resign.
T Baron vs C Marcelin, 2013 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

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