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Shortest Mates in Proof Games

By Christoph Fieberg, Retro Mailing List, 2003

Ma1-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro mailing list 4.10.2002
White checkmates with Pawn h2

[rnbqk1R1/pppppp2/8/6p1/P7/8/1bPPPPPP/1N1QKBNR]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbqk1R1/pppppp2/8/6p1/P7/8/1bPPPPPP/1N1QKBNR]

1.a4 g5 2.Ra3 Bg7 3.Rh3 Bxb2 4.Rxh7 Bxc1 5.Rxh8 Lb2 6.Rxg8#

Link: Record


Md1-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Queen d1

[rnbqkbnr/ppppp2p/8/5PpQ/8/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR] b KQkq - 0 3

SPG in 2,5 moves

[rnbqkbnr/ppppp2p/8/5PpQ/8/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR] b KQkq - 0 3

1.e4 f5 2.exf5 g5 3.Qh5#

Link: Record


Mg1-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Knight g1

[r2qkb1r/ppnpnppp/3N4/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKB1R] b KQkq - 0 6

SPG in 5,5 moves

[r2qkb1r/ppnpnppp/3N4/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKB1R] b KQkq - 0 6

1.Nf3 e5 2.Nxe5 c6 3.Nxc6 Na6 4.Ne7 Nc7 5.Nxc8 Ne7 6.Nd6#

Link: Record


Mf2-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002

[rnbq1b1r/ppp1pppp/3p1n2/4k3/4PP2/1Q1P4/PPP1N1PP/RNB1KB1R]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbq1b1r/ppp1pppp/3p1n2/4k3/4PP2/1Q1P4/PPP1N1PP/RNB1KB1R]

1.e4 d6 2.Qf3 Kd7 3.Ne2 Ke6 4.Qb3+ Ke5 5.d3 Nf6 6.f4#

Link: Record


Mh2-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002

[rnbq1bnr/pppp1ppQ/4p3/4P3/6k1/3P3P/PPP2PP1/RNB1KBNR] b KQ - 0 6

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/pppp1ppQ/4p3/4P3/6k1/3P3P/PPP2PP1/RNB1KBNR] b KQ - 0 6

1.e4 e6 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Qxh7 Kf6 4.e5+ Kg5 5.d3+ Kg4 6.h3#

Link: Record


Pb2B-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 2002
Mate by Pawn b2 promoted to a Bishop

[1n1qkbn1/2ppp1p1/2r2pB1/1p5p/8/4P3/P1PP1PPP/RNBQKBNR]

SPG in 7,5 moves

[1n1qkbn1/2ppp1p1/2r2pB1/1p5p/8/4P3/P1PP1PPP/RNBQKBNR]

1.b4 a5 2.bxa5 b5 3.a6 Bb7 4.axb7 h5 5.bxa8B Rh6 6.Be4 Rc6 7.e3 f6
8.Bg6#


Pd2B-1 - Norbert Geissler
Retro Mailing List, May 1996
Mate by Pawn d2 promoted to a Bishop

[rnb1Bbnr/ppp3pp/3q1pk1/3p4/4P3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKBNR]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnb1Bbnr/ppp3pp/3q1pk1/3p4/4P3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKBNR]

1. d4 f6 2. d5 Kf7 3. d6 Kg6 4. dxe7 d5 5. e4 Dd6 6. e8=L#


Pd2B-2 - Noam D. Elkies
Retro mailing List, May 1996
Mate by Pawn d2 promoted to a Bishop

[rnbqBbn1/pppQ1kp1/4rp2/7p/8/8/PPP1PPPP/RNB1KBNR]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbqBbn1/pppQ1kp1/4rp2/7p/8/8/PPP1PPPP/RNB1KBNR]

1. d4 h5 2. d5 Th6 3. d6 Te6 4. dxe7 f6 5. Dxd7 Kf7 6. e8=L#


Pe2Q-1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 2002
Mate by Pawn e2 promoted to a Queen

[rnQk2nr/pp2bppp/2p5/q3p3/6Q1/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR] b KQ - 0 6

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnQk2nr/pp2bppp/2p5/q3p3/6Q1/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR] b KQ - 0 6

1.e4 c6 2.e5 Qa5 3.e6 Kd8 4.exd7 e5 5.Qg4 Be7 6.dxc8R#