Lawnmower / Ladder Mate – Chess Checkmate Patterns

The Lawnmower Mate is an easy checkmate typically performed by a queen and rook (or just two rooks). The two pieces work together to push the enemy king to the side of the board. Since it is a very common…

Lawnmower / Ladder Mate - Chess Checkmate Patterns

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The Lawnmower Mate is an easy checkmate typically performed by a queen and rook (or just two rooks). The two pieces work together to push the enemy king to the side of the board. Since it is a very common checkmate pattern, it is one of the first checkmate methods that a beginner should learn.

This mating pattern is also very important in various attacking situations!

Apologies for the small brain fart at the 12 minutes 26-second mark when of course Ra1 is the move.

00:00 Introduction
00:30 Demo with Two Rooks
01:34 Careful when Rook is attacked
02:05 Queen and Rook
02:55 Care needed with the Queen in front
03:50 Tip for hesitation move with Two Queens
04:47 Example from Michelle Khare vs Rainn Wilson
06:00 Ginger GM example
06:45 Threat of the mate to save the day
08:40 Sneak attack Lawnmower
09:25 Bologan Beauty!!
10:50 Desperation save
11:10 Pin sets up Lawnmower
11:35 Another despo
11:53 Queen sacrifice sets it up
12:22 A brainfart it’s Ra1
12:42 Tkacheiv beautiful setup!
13:50 Polugaevsky Puzzle can you solve it?

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