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Mating Patterns (Part 1)

Some basic mating patterns everyone should know. (Part 1)

 Smothered Mate

 Pillsbury's Mate

 Morphy's Mate 

 Anastasia's Mate 

 Bodens Mate

 Damiano's Mate

 Legall's Mate

 Blackburne's Mate

Part 2

Part 3


  • 6 years ago


    thanks for sharing batgirl, i've been looking for these mating patterns for a very long time. cheers!

  • 6 years ago



  • 6 years ago


    Awesome. Thanks!

    Reminds me of the book:

  • 7 years ago


    Hi batgirl Sarah!

    (How are you hanging? upside down lol rofl!!- sorry only being silly...)

    Thanks for your great mating patterns.

    I am particularly interested in Morphy's mate (what a genius chess player Morphy was!).

    What are the game details for this match(ie who was Morphy playing etc-ideally I would like a pgn file of this game)that led to this mate?

    Hoping for your help, regards to you

  • 7 years ago


    thank you for the illustrations, i will review them often and in depth.

  • 7 years ago



    i had Bodens mate in a game i just didnt realize

  • 7 years ago


    A nice list, the only one I truly knew befor seing it was the smothering mate. I actally used it in a game, I didnt do it but the threat of smothering mate made him forced to sacrifice some pawns and I think thats how you should use this list. You probuably wont be able to make a suprice mate on an opponent unless its blitz but the threat of it makes your opponent forced to make unpleasant moves.

  • 7 years ago


    smothered mate is beautiful in its simplicity.

    Legall's is fantastic; I usually spend so much time trying to set up an ideal position that I ignore those golden early oppurtunities.

    All of these queen sacrifices are beautiful.

  • 7 years ago


    I can tell now that I will be back to this article many times to learn all these mating patterns to memory..! Smile

  • 7 years ago


    it's amazing that you found the actual games in wich the mate was first preformed (and named :]), bravo for the research. {clap clap}

  • 7 years ago


    never knew those moves exept for the smothered check....It's a great collection. How do i download those games?
  • 8 years ago


    wow these are all great.
  • 8 years ago


    I would have never even thought about considering these moves...  This is a great list.  *Faved*
  • 8 years ago


    wow nice collection of mate patterns
  • 8 years ago


    Like the dainty Morphy, the handsome Chigorin and even the mystic Tal, I'm a Romantic. I like to tame the wild, or at least try. I love the truly unexpected mates that explode out of the blue. I'm not overly picky, but, while I don't mind a little unsoundness, I demand intensity and forcefulness. Mates, like tactics, flow from positions.
  • 8 years ago


    You are truly magnificent! May I ask a question regarding your personal mating patterns, please describe the type you typically gravitate towards?

  • 8 years ago


    i like the smothered mate, very, i don`t know, tidy! thank you
  • 8 years ago


     Legall's Mate was awesome!!!

     batgirl, you're the best!

  • 8 years ago


    "may i download them?"



  • 8 years ago


    thanks for teaching. i only knew the legal mate. may i download them?
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