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A guy in another forum posted the following question:

"Which is the shortest possible

routeto mate?"Tipp/Spoiler:

Don't suggest fool's mate. This is NOT the correct solution!

2 moves as black:

1f4 d6(or d5). 2.g4 Qh4++

George

2 moves as black:

1f4 d6(or d5). 2.g4 Qh4++

George

1. Qh4 is an illegal move. You obviously mean e6 or e5, not d6 or d5.

2. Anyways, this is not the

shortestmate. Just the fewest moves. ;)What do you mean by 'shortest'?

The only guess that came to mind is the shortest move of a piece that delivers mate, but that could be any piece that mates by moving one orthogonal square [Rook, pawn, King, Queen]. So I don't think that's it.

is a geometrical term.ShortestThe

shortestmate is therefore the mate with the shortestdistanceof all piece movements.Scholar's mate 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Qxf7 for example has a

lengthof 1 + 1 + sqrt(32) + sqrt(5) + sqrt(18) + sqrt(5) + sqrt(8) = 24.37Fool's mate 1. f4 e6 2. g4 Qh4 has a

lengthof 2 + 1 + 2 + sqrt(32) = 10.66Now which is the

SHORTESTmate possible?:)

perhaps?

Round of applause.

Hm, that was pretty stupid.

Caiellos solution is nice, but certainly not shortest.

sqrt(5) + 1 + sqrt(5) + sqrt(5) + 1 + 1 + sqrt(5) = 11.94. This is way too long.

The correct solution is less than 9.5 square-units.

1.f3 e6 2.h3 Qh4+ 3.g3 Qxg3#

@Ziryab: your solution is still much too long with more than 11 square units.

I repeat: The correct solution is less than 9.5 square units!

Shortest fool's mate (1. f3 e6 2. g4 Qh4#) is 9.66 square units.

Come on guys, I needed 5 minutes to solve it. YES, YOU CAN do this as well! :)

It's stupid though, in fools mate the queen moves 5 squares, yet the calculation is the root of 32.

It's a half arsed pun attempt with no real relation to the moves being played on the board.

The route isn't the number of squares the queen can go to, it's the number of squares the queen does travel.

How about Caiello's idea reversed:

which is 4*sqrt(5) + 2.

Only 10.94 units, so not under 9.5 I guess. This is difficult!

this is 2+2+3+1+2*sqrt(2) which is still over 10, and it seems pretty direct

This is under 10, but not, I believe under 9.5!

This seems to be 9.24

AndrewB_Aus has solved the problem!

I think Andrew B's post is the closest. 'Fools mate,' i think, is the shortest possible mate in chess.