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Anastasia's Mate Examples
Compiled by ChessCoachClark

The checkmate pattern called the Anastasia's Mate is a colorful one. It often surprises students when seen for the first few times.

Only one "stopper" is needed, usually a defending chessman between the "horns" of the Knight. So a crowded position may be involved for the Anastasia's Mate, which can be stunning!

ChessCoachClark (CCC) originated this game collection prior to 2015 and he updates it on occasion. This project is a work in progress, culling games from various sources, including several chess training books and personal research. The games are ordered by date (oldest first), not by importance.

Be well.
Be safe.

Queen Sacrifice tactic sets up the Anastasia's Mate.
K Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

An early example
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Mate is pending. One route: h3 Rxh3#. Be6 best for White, tho.
P S Leonhardt vs F Englund, 1908 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Queen Sacrifice tactic enabled this Anastasia's Mate.
W Berryman vs E Straat, 1919 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 14 moves, 1-0

37. ... Kxf8 38. Rd8# has the Anastasia's Mate in the vertical!
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

After the Black King captures, the Anastasia's Mate is obvious
J Penquite vs K A Anderson, 1949 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's Mate inevitable. 44. ... Bxe5 45. Qxh6#
Aronin vs Tolush, 1950 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,, 44 moves, 1-0

Queen Sacrifice tactic makes the Anastasia's Mate on next move
P Viner vs D Carey, 1961 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Long-distance Rook seals the Anastasia's Mate.
P Roth vs G Rajna, 1975 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrificed, now 37. ... Kxf8 38. Rd8#
T Voronova vs Vo Hong Phuong, 2000 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Mate pending. Actual after 18. gxh5 Rh4#.
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Game ends with the Anastasia's Mate in a crowded field.
I Dai vs M Motycakova, 2012 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Mate threat as Rxh2# Kxh2 Rh8# makes White resign.
T Baron vs C Marcelin, 2013 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Game ends with a vertical Anastasia's Mate by Queen
Owen vs Burn, 1875 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 0-1

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