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Sub:    Mate question
07/04/13 12:11:03 PM EDT
From:  Horacio

Dear friends,

Just trying to find out how soon or how many moves after starting a game a player may be able to find, announce, or make a checkmate in “x” moves.

Is there any recorded game showing this?

Thank you.
Horacio Salgado

Dear viewer,

The minimum moves to find a checkmate in a game after starting it may vary and are related to the good and bad moves both players could make.

The following game shows a match played between Edward Lasker and George Thomas in London (1912) in which after only 10 reasonable moves, Lasker forces a seven-move mate starting with move number 11.

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 fxe4 7. Nxe4 b6 8. Ne5 O-O 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Qh5 Qe7

Lasker (white) mates in seven moves

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