smothered mate

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English[edit]

The end result of Philidor's Mate: 1. Qg8+ Rxg8 2. Nh6f7#

Noun[edit]

smothered mate (plural smothered mates)

  1. (chess) A checkmate, delivered by a knight, in which the mated king is unable to move because he is surrounded (or smothered) by his own pieces.

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