Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Back Rank Mate in Action

I'm shamlessly stealing the next three examples from Murray Chandler's wonderful book How to Beat Your Dad at Chess.

You can exchange a defender of the enemy's back rank:



White to play and win

Or you can "eliminate" one of the defenders (and if you are successful, you don't care how much material it cost you!)


Black to play and win



Or you can interefere with the enemy defense of the back rank by putting one of your own pieces there.  Again, success is all, you don't care how much it costs!


White to play and win

1 comment:

Frederick said...

(1) 1.Rd8+ and mate next; (2) 1...Qxf1+ and mate next; (3) 1.Be8!! threatening 2.Qxf8# leaves Black surprisingly helpless.