This was a little miniature. My opponent moves the same Knight several times. I didn’t find the best continuation, but my opponent was kind enough to sack his King anyway. Sometimes you see a similar checkmate (without the Knight in front of the King) in Scotch games if White plays a known weak continuation. Perhaps I’ll post that some other day.
I rarely get the opportunity to play a smothered mate. When it came up tonight, it was extra sweet, because it was against the Fried Liver Addicted variation (where White plays 8.Qf3 and goes after a second pawn in the opening).
I don’t have time to make a video at the moment, and, to be honest, the game was probably not long enough to warrant it anyway. So I’m just embedding the game file from LiChess. It will be a little experiment with their embedding feature anyway, to see if it works well.
Of course, White can avoid the mate by taking the Knight, but too much material has been lost anyway.
The video at the bottom of this post shows a tactical puzzle that can arise after some common ideas are played in the Italian Game, Giuco Piano variation.
If you’d like to try to solve the puzzle before watching the solution, check out the image below. Black is going for the “center fork trick,” but it backfires due to his underdevelopment. It might look like Black is doing well–after all, he only has one minor piece left to develop–but this is the deciding factor. Can you find the win for White?