Checkmates: Two Bishop Mates

Sep 4, 2011, 7:28 PM |

from Winning Chess Combinations:


The  standard mate is to drive the King into the corner:

Below is a combination motif known as Boden's Mate which is usually reserved for a King that has castled Queenside.  The element here is to control the h2-b8 diagonal, freezing the Black King, and then to give a check on the a6-square when Black's King is blocked from escaping along the d-file.  


A Skeletal setting:

Here's a game featuring a two Bishops Mate that isn't on the Queenside: