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Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

  • GM Gserper
  • | Oct 28, 2013
  • | 19704 views
  • | 58 comments

The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are:

  1. The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two.
  2. Your bishop covers two remaining escape squares.
  3. Your knight is ready to deliver a checkmate, but the key square is controlled by one of the opponent's pieces (usually by the queen).
  4. You deflect the opponent's piece and your knight delivers a checkmate.

 The next memorable encounter demonstrates how it is done in the real game. It was the first ever win of the great Bent Larsen (then just a master) over a grandmaster.  The victim, GM Ossip Bernstein, was celebrating his 72nd birthday that day. Look at the nice 'gift' Larsen presented him in their game:

Kenneth Rogoff is a famous economist at the International Monetary Fund. In the following position he shows his tactical skills (well, he is a grandmaster!)

Here's two more combinations-twins:

Finally, it should be mentioned that sometimes this combination doesn't lead to immediate checkmate, and yet, as a rule, the effect of this combo is devastating:

As you could see, the tactical pattern that we analyzed today is very simple and easy to remember. I am sure that when it happens in your game next time you are not going to miss your chance!  Laughing


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  • 8 months ago

    Mate_In1

    yup!

  • 8 months ago

    Doppelschlag

    Die Arbeit die Sie machen ist unbezahlbar!!! The Work of you Mr. Serper is priceless. Вы гениальный учитель! Большое спасибо!!!

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    very lovely thak u for nice article. 

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    The name of mate is good 

    "Semi-smothered Mate."

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    The Q-sacs are fantastic.

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    The 3rd one is Qa5 

    again a deflecting sac.

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    In the 2nd 

    1. Nd5 Qa5 2. Qa3 

    Good case of deflecting sac. 

    as 2....Qxa3 is 3. Nc7 #. 

    Wow. 

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    In the first game 1....Nb4 there is 2. Rc1.

    very bad puzzle.

  • 9 months ago

    Vibhav_G

    first puzzle it is 1.Nb4 and now guess what is the moves played after that. 

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    are there other tacticla patterns. 

  • 9 months ago

    techron

    Great. Another queen sac pattern!

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    and why not The "Rogoff Vs Bertok " game  given in full. 

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    In game Rogoff Vs Bertok 

    why not Nb5 instead of Nd5..

    what is the difference.

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    In Tal Vs Tringov   1. Nxb5 Qb6  then   2. Nxd6+   and  black Looses the Q. 

  • 9 months ago

    pa_kamini

    Smothered Mate. 

  • 9 months ago

    Dr_Cris_Angel

    Wow!! Thank you SO much!! This was wonderfully instructive and is something that I will definitely have to keep an eye out. I loved the puzzles. They really made me think but I ultimately got them by focusing on your theme you described above. Thanks so much for posting these! Terrific learning!

  • 9 months ago

    glipanyong

    Fabulous article!!

  • 9 months ago

    m_musumeci

    Great article, gonna read up on the other ones in this series looks like I could learn a lot from them just like I did in this one.

  • 9 months ago

    benaffeckko

    Have just learnt some skills

  • 9 months ago

    cheech1981

    Good stuff...hope I can remember the combo from the last one next time someone plays the modern defense! 

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