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Box Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

One of the most elementary and essential checkmate patterns for a beginner to learn quickly is the Box Mate. It is very similar to the Back Rank Mate, but no defending Pawns are in the mix. Some chess writers consider the Box Mate to be among the four basic mate patterns that every chess player should know.

A very interesting example of the Box Mate occurs in a game that is not yet available at The surprise in this position is that the White King has been relocated to the opposite side of the board!

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Bajgulov, Vladimir vs Andrejko, Oleg
Tomsk RUSSIA 2008
49 moves 0-1

Here is an example of the Box Mate in the vertical orientation, which is the continuation of a game not given at, yet:

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Bozzali, Ermanno vs Tagliaferri, Valerio
Crema ITALY (ITA) 2007
73 moves 1-0

Ask your coach why the Waiting Move tactic is usually part of the process of getting this checkmate.

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

Black avoided stalemate tricks to bring the Box Mate
Burn vs J M Hanham, 1889 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 72 moves, 0-1

Box Mate with help from the Knight
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

VERTICAL Box Mate at end of this game
Teichmann vs Marshall, 1905
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 56 moves, 1-0

TACTIC-- Box Mate threat wins game (Bishop falls first)
Schlechter vs Rotlewi, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Continuation 44. ... Bh4 45. Rb8+ Bd8 46. Rxd8#
Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann, 1912 
(C02) French, Advance, 44 moves, 1-0

VERTICAL Box Mate with help from Bishop on flight square
M Radojcic vs V Tomovic, 1947 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 86 moves, 0-1

VERTICAL Box Mate at the end of this game
Tartakower vs Rossolimo, 1950 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 48 moves, 0-1

Classic Box Mate at end
L Lane vs T Zatulovskaya, 1961 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 65 moves, 0-1

Box Mate threat ends game; three possible mates as result!
C Jauregui vs Letelier, 1961
(A04) Reti Opening, 83 moves, 0-1

Game ends with classic Box Mate
S Purevzhav vs A Prameshuber, 1964 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

Pending VERTICAL Box Mate by Queen
M V Lambshire vs A R B Thomas, 1968 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 106 moves, 1-0

Special Box Mate after 123... Be6 124 Rf8+ Bg8 125 Rxg8#
Petrosian vs B Ivanovic, 1980 
(A13) English, 123 moves, 1-0

VERTICAL while Bishop is En Prise/hanging
B Ivanovic vs S Mariotti, 1981 
(C45) Scotch Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Box Mate threat (Royal Fork) at 58... Rd1+ wins the White Queen
P Nikolic vs Gelfand, 1991 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 65 moves, 0-1

Ends with classic Box Mate using Queen, instead
Larsen vs Ivanchuk, 1992 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Game ends with Box Mate in corner
P Haba vs Y Shulman, 1996
(C02) French, Advance, 118 moves, 0-1

After Rb3+ Bc3 Rxc3+ Kxc3 Kd1, a King Chase leads to Box Mate
J Jackova vs Zhu Chen, 2000
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 93 moves, 0-1

Classic King Chase on Back Rank ends with classic Box Mate
A Guillot vs O Yalcin, 2001 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 86 moves, 1-0

A classic Box Mate after 82. Be1 Rxd1#
T Sammalvuo vs G Guseinov, 2003
(A04) Reti Opening, 81 moves, 0-1

VERTICAL, yet classic Box Mate
R Felgaer vs L Dominguez, 2004 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 64 moves, 0-1

Box Mate after 97. ... Rf8 98. Rxf8#
Hector vs D Baramidze, 2004
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 97 moves, 1-0

VERTICAL Box Mate variation (one Pawn left) after 47 Kh2 Rh7#
K Akshayraj vs S Safin, 2005 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

Continuation 85. Qh+ Kxh5 86. Kh8 Kg6 87. Kg8 Q48#
J Vogel vs Li Shilong, 2006
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 84 moves, 0-1

VERTICAL after Ka7 Kc7 Ka8 Ra2 Ka7 Ra1 Ka8 Rxa6#
Zhou Weiqi vs Wang Yue, 2013 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 104 moves, 0-1

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