smothered mate

noun Chess.

checkmate delivered by a knight when the king's mobility is restricted by his own pieces.

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Origin of smothered mate

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for smothered mate

smothered mate


chess checkmate given by a knight when the king is prevented from moving by surrounding men
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