Mating Patterns

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Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate. 







I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice.







Easy and simple.

Back Rank Mate next!

Place a queen or rook on the back rank if the monarch can't step forward. Death on the back row!







White to move presents Rd8#

Back rank mates are very common, and so it's always good to create luft, which means space for your king to move.


1) Black king castled kingside

2) Black rook on f8

3) Two white bishops patrolling a1-h8 and one on h7

4) White knight on g5!

Shake all this stuff and that's Blackburne's mate!

Boden's Mate

Is when a king is castled queenside, two friendly pieces block d1 and d2, and two bishops trap the pale king. Naturally, it's a very pleasing pattern usually created by a silly sacrifice.







Boden found out a way to end the game!

Damiano's Mate







Just find mate!








Alternate mate in 5: 1. Qd5+ Rf7 2. gxf7+ Qxf7 3. Rh8+! Kxh8 4. Qxf7 b4 5. Rh1# however, this has nothing to do with our pattern.

Greco's Mate isn't very nice...

Legal's Mate


This is only Part 1. Part 2 is going to be in the article Mating Patterns Part 2.


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1


    Good basic mates article, but pls convert the 3rd diagram to a puzzle like the rest of them, demonstrating all the moves in Blackburne's mate. I didn't quite "get it" from just reading your description.

    This is good stuff for beginners to learn and everyone else to know. Never underestimate the power of pattern recognition in chess!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3


    an informative article  :)
    solved all puzzles.. yepppppppiiiii    LOLCool 

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4


    Okay, NimzoRoy, thanks for your suggestion, but if you can get The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, there is a puzzle on Blackburne's mate but it's not a legit puzzle. It has a similar position...

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5


    This is Blackburne's Mate. I remember the pattern from How to Beat Your Dad at Chess, by Murray Chandler. Smile

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6


    I think I can sove it.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7


    aren't there more possiblities to every move?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8


    :( Who updated this?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    :D got it back!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10


    Chessking46 wrote:

    :D got it back!

    yay my old account is backkkk

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #11


    Yeah, the first diagram is an easy win... Unless you know how to mate with knight and a bishop. It takes a while to actually learn it. And it's also something that will very rarely be seen.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #12


    In Macdonell-Boden, bxc3 is not a mistake, there is nothing else. Just saying.

  • 5 weeks ago · Quote · #13


    very basic checkmates

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