Anastasia’s Mate is a great example of how a knight and rook can cooperate to checkmate the opponent’s king on the side of the board.
Anastasia’s Mate Example 1
The first example illustrates the fundamental idea of Anastasia’s Checkmate Pattern.
1.Rh3# checkmates the black king against the side of the board. Note how white’s knight is perfectly placed to cover the escape squares.
Anastasia’s Mate Example 2
Diagram above: White plays 1.Rd8# This variation of Anastasia’s Mate reminds us of the Back Rank Mate. In this case white’s knight covers the opposing king’s escape squares instead of his own pawns.
Anastasia’s Mate Example 3
The next example is from the game Hammer vs. Carlsen, Halkidiki, Greece, 2003.
Diagram above: Carlsen plays 1… Qh5+ and white is forced to capture the queen with 2.gxh5. However, this opens up the 4th rank for black’s rook and allows black to demonstrate a checkmate that is based on Anastacia’s mating pattern.
Diagram above: Black plays 2… Rh4# The point is that black’s knight on e2 covers the escape-square, g1.
Interesting Note on Anastasia’s Mate
This checkmate pattern is very similar to some variations of Greco’s Mate, which features a bishop cutting off the king’s escape-square, instead of a knight.
Anastasia’s Mate got its name from the book “Anastasia und das Schachspiel” (Anastasia and the Game of Chess).
Chess Coach Clark has a collection of actual games that features Anastacia’s Mate.
In the 7 Skills Chess Training Model, Anastasia’s Mate falls under: