checkmate delivered by a knight when the king's mobility is restricted by his own pieces.
Lexical Investigations: Soul mate
Though the phrase soul mate gained steam toward the end of the twentieth century, the idea goes all the way back to Plato’s Symposium, written in 385–380 BCE. In Symposium, when the two dialogists discuss love, Aristophanes tells Socrates that human beings used to have four arms, four legs, and two faces, and they were happy and complete. But Zeus was jealous and split them in …
Origin of smothered mate
First recorded in 1815–25
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chess checkmate given by a knight when the king is prevented from moving by surrounding men
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