smothered mate

  1. 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

Words Nearby smothered mate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use smothered mate in a sentence

  • 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"

British Dictionary definitions for smothered mate

smothered mate

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

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