Killbox mate (1 move)

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In Kill Box Mate, a rook checkmates the king. The rook is next to the king, but cannot be captured, because it is protected by a queen. The queen is a knight jump away from the king and also prevents the king from escaping.


Queen and rook form a 3x3 box that traps and checkmates the king, giving the pattern its name.


White can deliver kill box mate with Rf8#. On the edge of the board, queen and rook already cover all the escape squares.

White can deliver kill box mate with Rd5#. The escape square e4 is blocked by the pawn. The queen also isn't guarding f4, but the pawn on g3 helps out.

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In triangle mate, the queen delivers checkmate, and is protected by the rook.
In lawnmower mate, two major pieces deliver checkmate on the edge of the board.