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Shortest Mates in Proof Games

Type 1: Mate by piece xy (White)

Ma1 - Gianni Donati
Retro Mailing List, May 1996
White checkmates with Rook a1

[rnR1kbnr/pp1ppppp/8/8/8/2p5/1PPPPPPP/1NBQKBNR]

SPG in 4.5 moves

[rnR1kbnr/pp1ppppp/8/8/8/2p5/1PPPPPPP/1NBQKBNR]

1.a4 c5 2.a5 Qxa5 3.Rxa5 c4 4.Rc5 c3 5.Rxc8#

Link: See also Ma1-1


Mb1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Knight b1

[1r1qkb1r/pp1pnppp/2nN4/2p5/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[1r1qkb1r/pp1pnppp/2nN4/2p5/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR]

1.Nc3 c5 2.Nd5 Nc6 3.Nxe7 Rb8 4.Nxc8 Nge7 5.Nd6#


Mc1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Bishop c1

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/3p4/2kP4/8/1Q2B3/PPP1PPPP/RN2KBNR]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/3p4/2kP4/8/1Q2B3/PPP1PPPP/RN2KBNR]

1.d4 d6 2.Qd3 Kd7 3.Qb3 Kc6 4.d5+ Kc5 5.Be3#


Md1 - Joost de Heer
Retro mailing List, June 1996
White checkmates with Queen d1

[rnbq1bnr/ppppkppp/8/4Q3/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR]

SPG in 2,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppppkppp/8/4Q3/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBNR]

1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Qxe5#

Link: See also Md1-1

Comment by Joost de Heer: "I think this was already known by Sam Loyd"


Mf1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Bishop f1

[rnbqkbnr/ppppp1p1/6Bp/8/8/4P3/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK1NR]

SPG in 3,5 moves

[rnbqkbnr/ppppp1p1/6Bp/8/8/4P3/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK1NR]

1.e3 f6 2.Bd3 f5 3.Bxf5 h6 4.Bg6#


Mg1 - Göran Forslund
Retro Mailing List, June 1996
White checkmates with Knight g1

[rnbq1bnr/ppppp1pp/2Q5/4kp2/2B5/4PN2/PPPP1PPP/RNB1K2R]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppppp1pp/2Q5/4kp2/2B5/4PN2/PPPP1PPP/RNB1K2R]

Link: See also Mg1-1


Mh1 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Rook h1

[rnbqk1R1/pppppp2/8/6P1/8/8/P1PPPPP1/RNbQKBN1]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnbqk1R1/pppppp2/8/6P1/8/8/P1PPPPP1/RNbQKBN1]

1.h4 g5 2.hxg5 Bg7 3.Rxh7 Bxb2 4.Rxh8 Bxc1 5.Rxg8#


Ma2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn a2

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/Q2p4/8/1k6/P2PB3/1PP1PPPP/RN2KBNR]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/Q2p4/8/1k6/P2PB3/1PP1PPPP/RN2KBNR]

1.d3 d6 2.Qd2 Kd7 3.Qa5 Kc6 4.Qa6+ Kc5 5.Be3+ Kb4 6.a3#


Mb2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn b2

[rnb2bnr/pppqpppp/2kp4/1P6/3B4/2N5/P1PPPPPP/R2QKBNR]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnb2bnr/pppqpppp/2kp4/1P6/3B4/2N5/P1PPPPPP/R2QKBNR]

1.b4 d6 2.Bb2 Kd7 3.Bd4 Kc6 4.Nc3 Qd7 5.b5#


Mc2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro mailing list, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn c2

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/3p4/3R4/Pk6/N1P5/1P1PPPPP/2BQKBNR]

SPG in 5,5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppp1pppp/3p4/3R4/Pk6/N1P5/1P1PPPPP/2BQKBNR]

1.a4 d6 2.Ra3 Kd7 3.Rd3 Kc6 4.Na3 Kc5 5.Rd5+ Kb4 6.c3#


Md2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn d2

[rnb2bnr/pppqpppp/2kp4/Q2P4/8/2P5/PP2PPPP/RNB1KBNR]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnb2bnr/pppqpppp/2kp4/Q2P4/8/2P5/PP2PPPP/RNB1KBNR]

1.d4 d6 2.Qd2 Kd7 3.Qa5 Kc6 4.c3 Qd7 5.d5#


Me2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn e2

[rnbq1b1r/ppppnppp/4pk2/4P2Q/8/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBR1]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnbq1b1r/ppppnppp/4pk2/4P2Q/8/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNB1KBR1]

1.e4 e6 2.Qh5 Ke7 3.Nf3 Kf6 4.Rg1 Ne7 5.e5#


Mf2 - Noam D. Elkies
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 2002
White checkmates with Pawn f2

[rnbq1bnr/ppppp1pp/2Q5/4kp2/2B2P2/4P3/PPPP2PP/RNB1K1NR]

SPG in 4.5 moves

[rnbq1bnr/ppppp1pp/2Q5/4kp2/2B2P2/4P3/PPPP2PP/RNB1K1NR]

Link: See also Mf2-1


Mg2 - Christoph Fieberg
Retro Mailing List, Oct. 4, 2002
White checkmates with Pawn g2

[rnbq2nr/ppppbppp/4pk2/6P1/4B3/5N2/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK2R]

SPG in 4,5 moves

[rnbq2nr/ppppbppp/4pk2/6P1/4B3/5N2/PPPPPP1P/RNBQK2R]

1.g4 e6 2.Bg2 Ke7 3.Be4 Kf6 4.Nf3 Le7 5.g5#


Mh2 - Noam D. Elkies
Retro mailing List, Oct. 2002
White checkmates with Pawn h2

[rnbq1bnr/pppp1ppp/4Q3/6k1/7P/4P3/PPPPBPP1/RNB1K1NR]

[rnbq1bnr/pppp1ppp/4Q3/6k1/7P/4P3/PPPPBPP1/RNB1K1NR]

SPG in 4,5 moves