Blackburne’s Mate

The basic elements of this checkmate mating pattern and mating net are:

  • Black’s King castled to the Kingside;
  • a Bishop-Bishop-Knight combination with White’s Bishops positioned in the a1-h1 and b1-h7 diagonals;
  • a White Knight at g5;
  • Black Rook at f8 blocking escape of Black’s King;
  • Black pawn at f7 blocking defense by Black’s Queen; and
  • a Queen sacrifice at h7.

[Source Credit: The Complete Book of Chess Strategy, IM Jeremy Silman, at page 157]

Blackburne’s Mate-Barebones Mating Position


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1.Qh7+!! Nxh7 2.Bxh7#

Vilde-Blackburne, Manchester 1875

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