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David and Goliath Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

The Pawn, which in a way deserves to be capitalized, must be respected and must be protected. Even though the Pawn is not a piece, it is a chessman that is a valuable part of your team.

It is not enough to hope for and work toward Promotion. Look for any opportunity to make the Pawns shine brightly, especially when supported by another Pawn or a piece. They can block, kick away, trap, and otherwise harass the enemy to distraction and even to a loss! In fact, the Pawn can not only be the decisive factor in a chess game, but the Pawn can win the game outright! Furthermore, sometimes ONLY the Pawn can make the mate the most quickly.

At any rate, each of these games made me smile as I saw how the "Mr/Ms Short Stuff" of the chessboard won the game as the final stroke in a checkmate line.

ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection 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.

Pawn makes mate while Secret Service pieces are "out to lunch"!
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(B20) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Pawn captures a Knght which also makes David & Goliath Mate
Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 24 moves, 1-0

David and Goliath Mate after a King Hunt
D Duhm vs A Duhm, 1900 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 17 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice of Queen and Pawn support make the mate possible
C M Saulson vs H M Phillips, 1907 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

34. ... Kh4 35. Qg3+ Kg6 h4#
Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1911 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Three Pawns working-- attacker, supporter and one stops escape
Alekhine vs B Verlinsky, 1918 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

Bishop and Pawn with Pawn support ends this game
Itze vs H Reinle, 1925 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 0-1

Only two squares are vacant in the White King's vicinity
Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Rook Sac decoys White Queen so Pawn Mate happens
A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Pawn is only helped by a Knight
A Powers vs Dake, 1937 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

Deliberately losing the Exchange sets up the Pawn Mate
Alekhine vs H Fahardo, 1939 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

Continuation: 44...Kxe5 45.Nf7+ Kf5 46.g4#
Tolush vs J Randviir, 1947 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

Pawn Brings Mate after King Hunt to the Center
Shainswit vs D Brummer, 1965 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Continuation: 52. ... f1Q e7# New Queen is a useless Tall Pawn!
Spassky vs Larsen, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

Mate-in-3 continuation brings mate by h Pawn
D Allan vs L Day, 1980 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 0-1

After 37. ... Kg5, the Pawn moves to a4 for the Checkmate.
Polgar vs J Fernandez Garcia, 1993 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

Continuation: 47. ... gxh4 48. g4# (Pawn chain and Bishop)
Karpov vs P Mickiewicz, 1997 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 47 moves, 1-0

Four continuations for exactly the same mate!
Agrest vs R Bachler, 1997
(A16) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Continuation: 18. Kxf1 Rd1+ 19. Kg2 h3#
S Lorenz vs A Orlov, 2001 
(A25) English, 17 moves, 0-1

Continuation: 29. Qxg6+ hxg6 30. h7# ( 30. Qxg7# also)
M Jadoul vs G Plomp, 2003 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Continuation: 32. Kg4 f4# (Discovery Attack on escape square)
M Meinhardt vs Sasikiran, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

Actually an En Passant David and Goliath Mate-- very rare!
I Korepanova vs A Tishkov, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

A Rook Sacrifice paves the way for the Pawn to bring checkmate
C Storey vs J Jarmany, 2014 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 52 moves, 1-0

Queen Sacrifice allows David and Goliath Mate to be made
Zhu Chen vs G Suez-Panama, 2014 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1-0

MATE, DON'T TAKE example along with the Pawn Victorious state.
M Mosadeghpour vs V Sanal, 2015 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

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