4/17/2012 - Mate in 5

  • #181

    Unless i m wrong, this is a synthesis of Huan Ramirez Lucena dated back to 1497. Then, it was one of the most advanced ideas in chess, achieving the "etouffe checkmate". I think it would be polite to mention this information as a tribute to a legendary Spanish player of the romantic period of chess. Plus a good history lesson. Chess is not only calculation but also education.

  • #182

    vvv cool

  • #183
    yeewassup wrote:

    usually these puzzles are well thought out, but i seem to see another mate in 5, is there anything wrong with:

     

    not saying that this puzzle isn't well thought out

    I think it's just because the smothered is prettier :D

  • #184

    I liked it!

  • #185

    this is a very easy puzzle

  • #186

    I saw Yeewassup's mate in 5.  But I learned about "smother" mates.  Thanks.

  • #187

    nice one

  • #188

    Smother Mate rulesCool

  • #189
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  • #190

    jokes

  • #191

    Stalemate77 knows he has played on chess.com for a while when he can do the trapped king-kinght mate!

  • #192

    josh waitzkin 101 ;) Nice concept!

  • #193

    Smother mates. They are straight up nasty! IMO one of the worst way to lose a game. 

  • #194

    Elegant.

  • #195

    Beautiful - Those last two move are classic!

    This was one of those where I didn't see the whole sequence from the beginning, but the right move was pretty clear at each step.

  • #196

    Cunning!

  • #197
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  • #198
    yeewassup wrote:

    usually these puzzles are well thought out, but i seem to see another mate in 5, is there anything wrong with:

     

    not saying that this puzzle isn't well thought out

    I thought that this was the solution and failed the puzzle because of it. I can't figure out how black could do anything differently except for 3. ...Kf8 , which just results in a checkmate on move 4: Qf7#

  • #199

    Very nice....

  • #200
    yeewassup wrote:

    usually these puzzles are well thought out, but i seem to see another mate in 5, is there anything wrong with:

     

    not saying that this puzzle isn't well thought out

    That looks good to me - even better than the "solution" in that white doesn't sacrifice his queen and in fact takes black's queen.

    I didn't even see it, probably because the knight at h6, smothered mate is such a familiar classic play.

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