Chess Mating Patterns – Arabian mate #2

Arabian mate In the Arabian mate, the knight and the rook team up to trap the opposing king on a corner of the board. The rook sits on a square adjacent to the king both to prevent escape along the…

Chess Mating Patterns - Arabian mate #2

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Arabian mate
In the Arabian mate, the knight and the rook team up to trap the opposing king on a corner of the board. The rook sits on a square adjacent to the king both to prevent escape along the diagonal and to deliver checkmate while the knight sits two squares away diagonally from the king to prevent escape on the square next to the king and to protect the rook.

There are two points to why the Arabian mate is special and significant: 1) It is mentioned in ancient Arabic manuscripts. 2) It is derived from the older Persian form of chess where the knight and the rook were the two most powerful pieces in the game. This was before chess had migrated to Europe and the queen was (later) given its current powers of movement.
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