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smothered mate

noun, Chess.
checkmate delivered by a knight when the king's mobility is restricted by his own pieces.
Origin of smothered mate
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is a familiar example of smothered mate, which you will find can be effected by no other Piece than the Knight.

    The Blue Book of Chess Howard Staunton and "Modern Authorities"
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smothered mate

(chess) checkmate given by a knight when the king is prevented from moving by surrounding men
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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