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The smothered mate is better :)
cool puzzle! im not very good,so i like to train on easier ones
why not smothered mate?
Poor king... No way out...
Ah nevermind, I got why it's mate in four.
smothered sooo automatic ... but wrong here
Another interesting one.
I guess I wanted to do the same thing as everyone else and do a smothered mate.
That was so easy it was dumb!!!!!!!!!!
in a real game I would make it smothered... chess is fun too...
Wow! FINALLY my dumb ### got it on the dirst try :)
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.
But, it took me LESS time to see the smothered mate in 5 than the mate in 4.