The 3 most popular mating patterns in this tournament
Oct 11, 2016, 4:22 PM
With the Italian Battle tournament coming to an end (watch the final Queen and Rook endgame here), I want to go through some mating patterns I witnessed in this tournament. We have seen a lot of fights ending in brutal attacks. These motives underneath gives you some insights in mating patterns that occur. If you have a nice mate to share, place in underneath!
1. The f7-trap
This is probably the mate we all learn when we start out playing chess. In this short game White had a nice temporary sacrifice on f7, and after only 9 moves the final position was reached. In a bullet game, I can still fall victim to this motive. Castling is a good remedy against it
2. Rook and Queen
This is a pattern that occurs often throughout this tournament. I saw several mates including a variation with queen and rook. The pattern itself can occur in different forms (see below), but the pattern where the queen is used as a bishop is extremely effective, and I still find it a very nice mate to execute.
3. Doubled Rooks
Let's start out with the most famous position. The two rooks help each other and slowly strangle the king, rank for rank, until eventually we end up with a position like this:
However, if you can use the strength of the two rooks by getting them on the same rank, you can smother the opponent's king, albeit with a little help of your opponent. Look at these diagrams:
So, what can you take away from this? Make sure your pieces work together on the board, so you can create numerous threats. In all the mating patterns above, you can see the effect of this. Good luck in your next games, and share your best mate underneath. Cheers!