Pieces required for mate

  • #1

    Yesterday I posted a game, with a cool final position.

    Each Knight covers a different escape square

    The Bishop gives check, and covers d2

    The queen pins the only piece that can interpose.

    So, 4 pieces are needed for this mate. Question, what is the greatest number of pieces need for a mate in

    • A real master (DB) game
    • composed position

  • #2

    The bishop on f1 and pawn on f2 are needed too.

  • #3

    I mean for theĀ  mating side

  • #4

    You can mate with just 2 pawns and a king in the average chess game.

  • #5

    Most I can do is 5

  • #6

    Logically you should try in the center. You need more pieces there imo.

  • #7

    A task like this is basically asking the composer to be as inefficient as possible in constructing the mate. I can do that!

    White needs all 16 units or it's not mate.

  • #8

    @BigDoggProblem White needs all 16 units or it's not mate.

    You're actually using 17 units here .

  • #9
    caveatcanis wrote:

    @BigDoggProblem White needs all 16 units or it's not mate.

    You're actually using 17 units here .

    Heh, didn't notice that 3rd N sneak in there. OK, fixed.

  • #10

    Well done, BDP :)

  • #11

    nice

  • #12
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