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Checkmate By En Passant ?

  • #1

    The possibility of mate by En Passant came up in one of my games. Delivering mate by castling is a rare bird. I just wondered if there are any known games where mate is delivered by E.P. ?... a somewhat rarer bird !

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  • #3

    Checkmate by castling is probably forceable in some outlandish attacking positions where there are loads of sacrifices and the king is forced onto the 8th rank, but at first glance I can't think of a situation in which mate by en passant could be forceable - the opponent has to push the pawn at the correct(?) time allowing the attacker to take by en passant and checkmate - it would have to be a collosal blunder! Also, any possible mate by en passant could also be achieved by the opponent pushing the pawn just one square, achieving the same result.

  • #4

    Irving Chernev found one, of course, printed in his The Chess Companion:

    Gaudersen - Paul [C02]
    Melbourne Melbourne, 1928

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.cxd4 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Nge7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.Bxh7+ Kxh7 10.Ng5+ Kg6 11.h4 Nxd4 12.Qg4 f5 13.h5+ Kh6 14.Nxe6+ g5 15.hxg6# 1-0

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  • #6

    I played one such game, which can be found at http://chicagochess.blogspot.com/2010/06/en-passant-mate.html. As I mention there, there was also a game on FICS a few years ago that ended in a mate by en passant, which was published in Chess Life. Unfortunately I don't have it at hand. 

  • #7

    So, you're FSR?

  • #8

    I achieved mate by en passant not that long ago (the screenshot that I sent to my friend below):


  • #9

    You have quite a few unread emails.

  • #10

    That's only a fraction of how many I have.

  • #11

    I had a game where my opponent resigned just before I delivered checkmate in the next move. I had two ways in which to capture his advanced pawn and mate, either by bishop or by pawn via e.p., and although I had originally intended to capture by bishop, I might have realized I had a rare opportunity to demonstrate a mate by en passant fatale. Here's the game with the final e.p. mate move added in, names of the innocent removed...

  • #12

    batgirl - yes, I'm FSR on chessgames.com.

  • #13

    2 years later :-D

  • #14

    what would be the notation for enpassant check? When I tried it, it just wrote bxc3+. Shouldnt there be also e.p. somewhere? I need it because I am just writing chess program. Thank you for answer. grin.png

  • #15

    I researched a bit because I also wrote a chess program, and I think e.p. is optional in the notation (including non-check e.p. captures).


  • #16


    Done in a live blitz game


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