Smothered Mate: Learn the Pattern | Tactics Time!

Dennis LaRue looks at smothered mates, which are picturesque checkmates where a knight delivers the mate and the king is surrounded by his own pieces. See puzzles and games that include the pattern.

Trap: B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz variation
NN vs Gioachino Greco, Miscellaneous Game (1620): C50 Giuoco Piano
NN vs Gioachino Greco, ? (1625): C30 King’s gambit
James McConnell vs Paul Morphy, New Orleans (1849): C38 King’s Gambit Accepted


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