Anastasia Mate or Anastasia’s Mate is the first checkmate pattern we cover in a new chess pattern recognition series focusing only on checkmate patterns.
In Anastasia’s mate, a knight and rook team up to trap the opposing king between the side of the board on one side and a friendly piece on the other. Often, the queen is first sacrificed along the a-file or h-file to achieve the position. This checkmate got its name from the novel Anastasia und das Schachspiel by Johann Jakob Wilhelm Heinse.
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