Checkmate patterns


Would you please suggest me some good books on common checkmate patterns/strategies?


e.g. How to checkmate King with Queen and Bishop?  How to do Legal's Mate?  etc.


I have only just signed up here on, so I'm not too familiar with the resources offered here on site, but outside of, I would recommend the endgame sections of

Videos explaining certain mating strategies:

Chess endgame simulation for practice fundamental checkmates:


On my own blog, I have published some animated gifs of classic checkmate patterns:


I think for the future, the crew may want to think about adding an endgame simulator like the one on In my opinion, it's a very efficient and helpful tool to practise such rudimentary positions.


The book "Complete Book of Chess Strategy" by Jeremy Silman (1998) has a section diagramming all the common and not so common mating patterns.  There are similar sections in the "Encyclopaedia of Chess Knowledge" by Eric Schiller, and the "Chess Player's Bible" (2004).

As far as simple checkmates (R/K vs. K, Q/K vs. K, B/B/K vs. K, Kt/B/K vs. K) those are in any good endgame book.  I found the explanations in "Winning Chess Endgames" by Yasser Seirawan easy to follow, however.


Chapter 2 of another book by Yasser Seirawan

(Winning Chess Combinations) gives you exactly what you are asking for...

It's called "Chapter 2- Checkmate! Recognizing Patterns"


You can find over 30 basic common checkmate patterns for free here:


she got a list of them in her blog


How about this book?


The most instructive book on checkmate patterns is The Art of the Checkmate by Renaud and Kahn (English descriptive notation in English language edition). The most kid-friendly is How to Beat Your Dad at Chess by Chandler (the book's list of 50 is really about 30 checkmate patterns combined with 20 tactical motifs that often lead to one of the 30).

Many other books and websites have lists, including Tisdall, Improve Your Chess Now; Vukovic, Art of Attack in Chess; and those referenced in the posts above.

I created my own booklet, "A Checklist of Checkmates," that I use with my students. I tried to combine the best elements of Renaud and Kahn with an organization scheme that develops the best elements of what I found in Vukovic and Tisdall. Sometimes I think that my pamphet could become a published book, but then sobriety brings the recognition that no one buys books written by USCF A Class players.

I organize 37 common patterns into six categories: corridors, diagonals, intersections, knights, queens, and combinations. I created twenty problems from actual played games for each of these categories.


The process of writing my pamphet helped my game improve significantly. I think that anyone with a decent database that can search games by partial positions would be able to do the same. 


onihei's link looks interesting. For those with a Kindle or compatible device, it may be just the ticket. I've downloaded the sample and will study it.

chessmicky wrote:

I don't know how I forgot "The Art of the Checkmate." It's the grandfather of all the mating pattern books--and it's available in an fairly inexpensive edition! It really doesn't matter, I guess, but having seen the French language original, I have to say that the English translation is really awful. But it's still well woth having

Tell me more about the French original. Is it in AN?

kco wrote:

she got a list of them in her blog

you beat me to it. I was going to tell him about batgirl's blog. Smile


I have read through the book, Basic Checkmate Patterns by Mattsson.

Well summarized, easy to follow and useful.

I like it.


Nice review on the checkmate pattern recognition and the book "Basic Checkmate Patterns" by Mattsson.