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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

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smothered mate

noun

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