The Epaulette Mate
Have you ever gotten to play an Epaulette Mate in your games? This is a fun but rare mating motif.
The word epaulette, or epaulet, refers to ornamental or protective padding worn on the shoulder area of clothing. The chess checkmate was given this name because it looks like the King has shoulder pads; contrary to the word’s definition of protection, however, in this case, the epaulets prevent the King from escaping the mate (see image below).
The video below shows examples from two games from Magnus Carlsen (one from when he was a teenager), a game between two other super GMs, a historical game from a former 5-time U.S. chess champion, and one of my own games where I finally got to play this mate.
Games Shown in the Video
This video shows several examples from real games:
- 2 games from Magnus Carlsen (one from when he was a teenager)
- 1 game between two other super GMs, Van Wely and Morozevich
- 1 historical game from a former 5-time U.S. chess champion (and 6-time runner up)
- 1 of my own games, where I finally got to play this mate.
In the games, you will see the mate happen in different patterns, sometimes delivered by different pieces and in different directions.
Links to the Games in the Video
Game 2: Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen, World Blitz Championship (2009), Queen’s Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation
Game 3: Magnus Carlsen vs Sipke Ernst, Wijk aan Zee, Corus (group C) (2004), Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines
Game 4: Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Logan, (1890) Italian Game: Evans Gambit, Goering Attack