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What's wrong with using smothered mate in 5? So it takes one move longer, so what? How is that incorrect? Someone explain that to me, I think it's absurd.
You might've answered your own question, PAMetalBoss... one move longer could mean the difference in a blitz/bullet game, or even a regular slow play match with time running out. The fewer the moves to checkmate, the safer and less chance for error, or even a mishandled piece. The smother mate damages your opponent's ego and will more, yes, but not if he/she has 1 second left and you have none. Then you'd just look like an idiot.
The smothered mate works too, but it takes 5 moves.
Came here to say this. Glad it had been mentioned. Also, I'd take another move for style points.
easyear then eating a cake with sprinkles on top
So Easy really...
Nice easy puzzle
I was blindsided. I was so into the smothered mate pattern that I failed to consider any alternatives.
I thought it would be smothered mate.
Thanks for the lesson!
Ah well, good one.
Not as efficient, but prettier is smothered mate:
1. Qd6+ Ka8
2.Nc7+ Kb8 3.Na6+ (double check) Ka8
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