Off The Wall Chess - The Fate of Smothered Mate

Pulling off a smothered mate by sacrificing your Queen, then mating with a lone Knight is a great acccomplishment if you can do it.  But if it happens to you, then you feel pretty stupid.  Well, over the years I have pulled off a smothered mate or two, but never had it done to me, until this game.  I guess I wasn't paying attention.  I exposed my King, my pieces were threatened with a Knight fork, and my pieces were diverted elsewhere.  Suddenly, there was the check with the Queen, then a check with the Knight, then the discovered check as the Knight moves, then the Queen sac, then the final mate with the Knight as my King became smothered in the back rank.  Don't let this happen to you.



  • 8 years ago


    i tried it and i was successfull. its a nice feeling when you win in this kind of position,,,,
  • 8 years ago


    Bill, you are a master! You would have spotted that even in your dreams if you paid attention...  Black played pretty good though.

  • 8 years ago


    Philidor's Legacy...
  • 8 years ago


    ouch, a sad ending indeed. well, in all my games, I've only managed one smothered mate, and I wasn't even paying that much attention. but hey, it's just one loss bill, u still kick butt without trying :)
  • 8 years ago


    The Re1 move was really a dream move ... for Black!
  • 8 years ago


    as i know bill use english opening... he used one of the best opening... maybe he is right with this term he used "I guess I wasn't paying attention"...

  • 8 years ago


    i never wanna use this opening used here again.. with the c4 and knight... gah. it gives me nothing but a headache since i've been trying it
  • 8 years ago


    Wow bill, I seen that before,  a game in Chessmaster.
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