The Corner Horse
A Horse has arrived at one of the corners, usually a top corner of the opposing palace. Checkmate is then put with a Chariot. Alternatively, a Chariot is sealing off the opponent’s 2nd rank, then a Horse checkmates the King at one of the top corners. There are three common formations.
The red Horse in this formation is better known as “8-Angled Horse” (°Ë½ÇÂí). It is a lethal weapon in attack as it traps the black King in the opposite corner of the palace. A Chariot can then deliver checkmate from the front or from either wing.
In the diagram left, red can checkmate with R1+5, or R1=6. If the Chariot is on the 9th file, it can also checkmate at black’s baseline on that wing. The onslaught is usually indefensible.
Even a Pawn can checkmate at one of the 3 spots around the King: B30, B41 and B50.
Try the two easy puzzles below on the Corner Horse theme.