Smothered Mate!

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Yesterday I played in a rapid event and this position occurred in one of my games:

My opponent plays 20…Qh4 and I see the glimmer of a trap. So I play 21.Qd7 and my opponent falls right into the trap by snapping off the “free” bishop with 21…Qxf4??

White to play and win.

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If you found the smothered mate with 22.Qe6+ Kh8 23.Nf7+ Kg8 24.Nh6++ Kh8 25.Qg8+ Rxg8 26.Nf7# then give yourself a round of applause!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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