Rook and Knight Mates:
Part of the 12x Common Mating Patterns, of the Chess Endgame Guide

Common Mating Patterns
Rook and Knight Mates
[Example 7]


Rook and Knight Mates
Example 7

Common Mating Patterns -- Rook and Knight Mates, #7
Winning Chess Combinations, p59-60
Game: Gastaldi-Giusti, Italy (correspondence), 1953-54
Opening: Slav Defence
Diagram 39: Black to Play

Rook and Knight Mates,
Example 7, ChessFlash Viewer

Rook and Knight Mates,
Example 7, PGN

Notes: The actual game (Delfino Gastaldi-Angelo Giusti) finished on Move 30 (30...Rc2), when White resigned ...

However, I've continued this sequence on through to Seirawan's hypothetical 33rd Move, (p60), which ends with a Rook and Knight Mate (Black Wins).

[Event "Rook and Knight Mate, #7"]
[Site "Italy (correspondence)"]
[Date "1953"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Delfino Gastaldi"]
[Black "Angelo Giusti"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "66"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 Bb4 8. e4 Bxe4 9. fxe4 Nxe4 10. Bd2 Qxd4 11. Nxe4 Qxe4+ 12. Qe2 Bxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Qd5+ 14. Kc2 O-O 15. Nxc4 b5 16. Ne3 Qc5+ 17. Kb1 Nd7 18. g3 Nb6 19. axb5 cxb5 20. Bg2 Rab8 21. Rc1 Qe5 22. Rxa7 Nc4 23. Re1 Qd4 24. Ra6 Nd2+ 25. Ka2 {(Diagram 39)} Qb6 26. Ra3 b4 27. Ra4 Qd4 28. Ka1 Rfc8 29. Rd1 b3 30. Ra3 Rc2 {Seirawan's hypothetical ending ...} 31. Rb1 Qxb2+ 32. Rxb2 Rc1+ 33. Rb1 Rxb1# 0-1


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