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Alligator's Artful Checkmate Patterns
Compiled by fredthebear

Learning these checkmate patterns will immediately improve your chess results. Many of the final positions can be found in the book by Renaud and Kahn- Art of Checkmate. Other games can be found in I. Chernev's popular book- Logical Chess Move by Move (LC).

This collection of 77 games was Compiled by alligator. Thank you alligator!

Back Rank Mate
Z Markhot vs S Arslanagic, 1997 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Morphy's magic Rook + Bishop
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

World Champion Anand's Back Rank Mate
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

Marshall dazzles!
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Always look 1 move further!
J Gurczak vs R Mercer, 2011 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Back rank mate used against Victor Kahn
W Gibson vs V Kahn, 1925
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Unstoppable Back Rank Mate by Art of Checkmate co-author
V Kahn vs C Y C Dawbarn, 1925
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Elegant finish (back Rank) forseen by Capa many moves before
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Ed Lasker's tricky prelude to Boden's mate
Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

A quick Smothered Mate
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

A famous Morphy Smothered Mate
Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

A 'Free' piece may not be free (Smothered Mate)
R C Griffith vs NN, 1888 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Blackburne's two Bishops Mate
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

Morphy's Evan's -> 2 Bishops Mate
Morphy vs James Thompson, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 26 moves, 1-0

2 Bishops- aka Boden's Mate
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Smothered Mate w Bishop
D Mastrovasilis vs Short, 2011 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 26 moves, 1-0

Rook + Bishop variation
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

White sticks to the plan of Attack on g7
M Abbink vs Y H de Rover, 1997 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Back rank mate after Bh6+
Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Moprhy's Mate or Back Rank
G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Rolling Rooks Mate (w Queen)
E Schallopp vs Gossip, 1890 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Morphy's Queen + Bishop Battery
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

Unstoppable Queen + Bishop Mate
Paulsen vs Mackenzie, 1863
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Almost Anastasia's Mate (AA)
Rubinstein vs G G Bartoszkiewicz, 1897 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's Mate
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Were Black sacs sound?
Kobe vs G Georges, 1985 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 24 moves, 0-1

King Hunt in Vienna
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C28) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Sac 2 Queens! For Rolling Rooks Mate
F Steil-Antoni vs S Johnsen, 2010 
(C28) Vienna Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Failed King Hunt
Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Capa attack w opp side castles
Capablanca vs T A Carter, 1909 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Lolli attack- well worth knowing
D Field vs David L Kuhns, 1982 
(C57) Two Knights, 14 moves, 1-0

Fischer used the Lolli attack many times on his 1964 Simul tour
Fischer vs F Gruenberg, 1964 
(C57) Two Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

Queen sac--> Double Check-->Mate
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Black neglects the center, castles into attack LC#5
Ruger vs H Gebhard, 1915 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

A brilliant unacceptable Queen sac!
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Brilliancy Prize
Schiffers vs Harmonist, 1887 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1-0

After the ' decisive ' 21st move, some say it's still a draw
J M Hodgson vs S Agdestein, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

White is floored by Black's final move. LC #12
R Pitschak vs Flohr, 1934 
(A22) English, 19 moves, 0-1

Nakamura's Queen sac vs Krasenkow
Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Petrosian playing like Tal
Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968 
(A21) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Mate w windmill theme.
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Echo of R+B mate
Tal vs Petrosian, 1975 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

Spielman's Logical punishment of g6? LC#7
Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Tal's Back Rank at age 14
J Klavins vs Tal, 1949 
(C10) French, 18 moves, 0-1

Tal punishes Black for ignoring principles (16Qc7 17Nh6+ & #)
Tal vs M Strelkov, 1949 
(C10) French, 16 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Mate - Knifty!
N Speijer vs Couvee, 1955 
(C14) French, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

Nice Queen sac w lots of variations
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

Interesting tactics, doubtful that Lasker played Black side
A Arnold vs Lasker, 1924 
(C28) Vienna Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Morphy sacs R + B --> Q + N Mate
A Meek vs Morphy, 1855 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Quick win vs Q-side castling
A F Arjona vs Gonzalez, 1988
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

A sparkling attack
Kahn vs H Harrison, 1951
(C49) Four Knights, 18 moves, 1-0

Young Pillsbury gets mated by simple attack
F Young vs Pillsbury, 1893 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Energetic Attack in Spanish
Psakhis vs S Mitra, 1988
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Exchange. K's Bishop Var (C68) 1-0 Arabian # w/Q
M Santo-Roman vs G Fayolle, 2001
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 20 moves, 1-0

Fischer's Spanish Exchange sac
Fischer vs A Anastasopoulos, 1968 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Another Spanish Exchange
Mecking vs A C Rocha, 1969 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

A neat Bishop & Rook mate combo in Spanish Exchange
A Voltschok vs R Kreslavsky, 1970 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Rf6!! blocks f7-f5 creating unanswerable mate threats
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Anand plays tactical line w IQP
Anand vs Adianto, 1992 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Magnus' @ 12 yrs. brilliant attack ending w eupalette Mate
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Methodical attack --> Artful Smothered Mate
A Bodnaruk vs V Gunina, 2006 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

Quick win using Grand Prix
M G Gahan vs N Patkar Nisha, 2008
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 20 moves, 1-0

Queen sac- out of nowhere
Alekhine vs Saemisch, 1923 
(B30) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

Morphy's Geometric Pawn Promotion
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

King hunt on an open board
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Two Bishops Mate, almost
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Epaulette Mate- Morphy blindfold exhibition
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Mighty Schlechter! A truly great show stopper!
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Morphy rolling rook mate in 2 knights
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Tal's Tactics Sparkle Even in a Simul!
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

A most bizarre mate!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Dramatic British GM clash
Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

Several mate traps before the final unstoppable threat Nc7#
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury Attack LC #22
Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

46 Kh1 allows Rolling Rooks Pattern
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

Alekhine bests another world champion
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Byrne brother mate
Robert E Byrne vs D Byrne, 1958 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 53 moves, 0-1

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