Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

  • GM Gserper
  • | Oct 28, 2013
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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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  • 6 months ago

    kincsaminincs

    Is this also a kind of smothered mate?

  • 15 months ago

    nagharry007

    very helpful. Thank You.

  • 2 years ago

    Mate_In1

    yup!

  • 2 years ago

    Doppelschlag

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

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

    very lovely thak u for nice article. 

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

    The name of mate is good 

    "Semi-smothered Mate."

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

    The Q-sacs are fantastic.

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

    The 3rd one is Qa5 

    again a deflecting sac.

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

    In the 2nd 

    1. Nd5 Qa5 2. Qa3 

    Good case of deflecting sac. 

    as 2....Qxa3 is 3. Nc7 #. 

    Wow. 

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

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

    very bad puzzle.

  • 2 years ago

    Vibhav_G

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

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

    are there other tacticla patterns. 

  • 2 years ago

    techron

    Great. Another queen sac pattern!

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

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

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

    In game Rogoff Vs Bertok 

    why not Nb5 instead of Nd5..

    what is the difference.

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

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

  • 2 years ago

    pa_kamini

    Smothered Mate. 

  • 2 years 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!

  • 2 years ago

    glipanyong

    Fabulous article!!

  • 2 years 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.

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