Now for a look at some ways the Arabian mating pattern can come into existence. The most common square for White’s knight in this pattern usually is f6 (or, for Black, the equivalent square: f3). When the circumstances are right, the knight’s move to that square itself can push the king onto h8 and in position to be mated. In this case White thus plays Nf6+; Black is forced to reply Kh8 since the g-file is off limits to his king. White then mates with RxR#.