Friday, September 08, 2006

Basic mate patterns

I found all 55 basic mate patterns to mate a black king on the backrank.
The position of the black king can be from b8 to to g8.
So I didn't cover the mates with the king at the left or right rim, nor the mates with the king in the middle of the board. Yet.
All other mates are lookalikes from the 55 basic patterns.

Before I cover other mates or other traps I'm going to experiment with these 55 positions to see if a viable system can be developed. The 55 basic positions are END-positions. Since every end position can be achieved via different pathways, the amount of basic positions can multiply.
Let's experiment!


  1. Mouse,
    I'm very happy if people dare to be sceptic, since that forces me to think again. This project of determining basic mate patterns is started because people like you were sceptic in the first place.

    I used the 8 basic mate patterns of King Ots to derive these patterns. If a king is standing alone on the board or in his fortress, that gives a different "feeling" of the position. I based it on my experience with CTS, where I didn't recognize the mate of position #2 fast enough since there were black pieces around.

    What I'm trying to accomplish is to store these basic patterns in my unconscious procedural memory. To educate my memory cells to release the mate pattern even in complex positions.

    Without such a basic mate pattern it is as if I look at the map of central europe (so I can't orientate on the outlines) and try to recognize Switzerland without having a pattern of a pig stored in my brains. I will not know if I look at Switzerland, Hungary, Roemenie, Kalmykia or another vague shaped country.

  2. You guys are crazy. I like you, but you're still crazy. I'm crazy too, but where not talkning about me here.

    Keep up the good work and your brains intact!


  3. Samurai,
    LOL. When I was 5 years old, I had to choose: the world is crazy or I'm crazy. I choose to declare the world as being crazy. Until today I haven't seen any proof that that choice was wrong:)

  4. Okay, you take the 8 basic patterns and make them more complicated in order to cover all variations you see at CTS?

    I do it the other way round: I take any mating pattern I see at CTS and try to see the corresponding from the 8 basic patterns behind it.

    I'll post about this later in my own blog, first I have to do some more work about basic mind steps...

  5. Excellent work!
    Here's a variation on Diagram 47.
    Replace the White's bishops with two knights. Place the knights on squares
    e6 and h6 respectively.
    People often overlook the power of knights in tandem.

    I like the direction your training
    has taken over the past few posts, some ground breaking work!

  6. I am interested to know how you confirmed that you found all 55 positions and that there isn't a 56th. I am not doubting you but would find it an interested intellectual exercise to see how you had determined this. Looking forward to your future posts.

  7. I too am curious as to how you arrived at 55. There are tons more examples that could be included, using just your rules about having the King placed between(b8-g8).
    For example.
    Black King on f8
    White knights on e6 and f6, White rook
    on the 7th rank (anywhere but e7,f7).

    Don't even let me get started with smothered mates.