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Mating Patterns #5: Anastasia's Mate Part1

  • Chesser777
  • | May 16, 2008
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Anastasia's Mate

 

Anastasia's Mate is a variation on the simple Rook-Knight checkmating pattern and mating net with an open h file. "This checkmate got its name in a novel by W. Heinse, Anastasia and Chess (1803)."
[Quoted from: http://www.chesscity.com/ANALYSIS/Beginner/checkmate_patterns.htm]

The Knight controls two squares of the six-square rectangle anotomy of mate pattern preventing the opposing King's escape while the Rook delivers checkmate in the open h file, with the aid of an opposing piece and pawns blocking the opposing King's escape to other squares in the six-square rectangle anatomy of mate pattern.

 

Diagram of a Anastasia's Mate:

 

 

As with all of the Rook-Knight mating patterns, there must be assistance rendered by another piece or pawn to block the other possible escape squares in the six-square rectangle anatomy of mate pattern...in this case Black's pawns at f7 and g7, and Black's Rook at f8.

 

 Other diagram showing Anastasia's Mate

 

 

 The position above starts out with the same Knight move (Nd7+), forcing the King to h8 (Kh8). In this position, Black's pawn at h7 blocks Black's King move to h7 unlike the simple Anastasia's Mate. Now, White employs what is perhaps the single most important, deadly tactical move in a player's arsenal in an endgame...Queen sacrifice. Qxh7+!!, followed by Kxh7 "killing two birds with one stone" with a discovered checkmate via capture of Black's Knight and mate...Rxh5#; yielding the mating net in the simple Anastasia's Mate from a more complex position.


The game in action:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Part 1 of Anastasia's Mate.

(Next part is a Anastasia's Mate game)


Comments


  • 12 months ago

    lbtr74aao

  • 12 months ago

    lbtr74aao

  • 2 years ago

    tadpoleloop

    in fact, black's first move is the only losing move

  • 2 years ago

    tadpoleloop

    for the puzzle you posted about bishop and pawns, shredder calls it a draw.

  • 3 years ago

    shams

    Scarlet, 1.g4 Bc5 =

  • 3 years ago

    Gm_andrewfeng

  • 3 years ago

    Gm_andrewfeng

    veeeery nice. could u show us every mate 'n' tactic?

  • 3 years ago

    Handlemedown

    If it's all about being pedantic I'd say that Chuck Norris probably didn't write that :) 

  • 4 years ago

    jghenson71

    [COMMENT DELETED]
  • 4 years ago

    Ak48

    Awesome and Cool!

  • 4 years ago

    SilicianDefender

    Chuck Norris won a chess game after losing his kong

  • 5 years ago

    dsp1

    Black had to have seen it coming...

  • 5 years ago

    P_U_N

    thanks!

  • 6 years ago

    figrock

    NEAT..!

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