My most memorable checkmates and other fun positions - The "Rosen score"

Dear chess fans,

what are your most bizarre checkmates you had (or you were victim of)?
Since I had recently a nice one, I started to dig out old positions which are crazy, just for entertainment, but they can be instructive, too. All positions are from games from myself. Click the link below of the images to see how it came to the position.

Let´s see what we have:

Opera mate

Carried out with a rook and a bishop. Named after the world-famous game played by Paul Morphy while he supposedly was at the opera. If you don´t know that game, you have to check it out.
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https://lichess.org/EU9OuAHm#79

Smothered Mate

If the King has no "breathing room" at all, he can be checkmated by a knight easily. Comes classically after a Queen sacrifice, like here. It can be very helpful to know this pattern!
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https://lichess.org/Ko3sueDB#43

Epaulet Mate

Happens if two enemy pieces are blocking the two sides of the king (like that decoration stuff on the shoulders of high ranked army personell), if sitting on the edge of the board. Typically the Queen creates this mate (from the 6th rank), but in this case it was a rook.
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https://lichess.org/ktNTdXz8wItK

Mate with 2 bishops

This is is quite rare. I don´t think that it has a special name. A similar one, but with the 2 bishops not in parallel but criss-crossing diagonals, is called Boden's Mate after the UK chess master Samuel Boden (1826-1882).
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https://lichess.org/Zkgz9U62#53

Blocked a check with a checkmate

Why not kill 2 birds with one stone? Here I blocked the check with moving my bishop from h4 to f2, what incidentally resulted in checkmate!

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https://lichess.org/qUowWhCx/black#62
Proves that a check is not always a good idea. To move the King out of such a potentially devastating check has priority!

Strong center

Well, isn´t this a strong center? Unfortunately it doesn´t happen too ofter to have such a pawn cube in the middle of the board!
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https://lichess.org/wibuPE44#15

Pawn chain

To have 6 pawns connected and supporting each other, is the longest pawn chain possible. In this case as bonus the leading pawn forked queen and rook. What else could you dream for?
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https://lichess.org/pwnWEplQ#81

Magic rescues

I think everybody knows this, when all of a sudden, in a completely lost position, you are miraculously saved due to stalemate, often even actively forced by the unsuspecting opponent, like here, against @schamangerbert 😃.

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https://lichess.org/Fr7VpvsV/black#129

Now you might ask "how the hell did Stayout find all these positions"?
Not that difficult, thanks to the ROSEN SCORE!
This nice tool, created by the IM Eric Rosen, will search all your Lichess games and show you some funny mates and positions you had achieved over the time.

https://rosen-score.vercel.app/ you definitely should give it a try!

Show me your most bizarre postions in the comments, the winner gets a 100% upvote!

What is your Rosen score (mine is 266/21429 games = 0,012 with 27% "goals" achieved)?



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I will never forget a match I played and lost by 8 pieces. The queen and the knight controlled me in every way

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Das ist ein interessantes Tool. Bis jetzt hatte ich nur Situationen mit dem Schachcomputer und wohl noch nicht recht interessante. Aber im Laufe der Zeit entwickeln sich vielleicht auch diffuse Formationen.

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Ja, ich bin (eh durch dich) auf lichess.org. Hauptsächlich bin gerade Taktikaufgaben lösen. Nach einem guten Anstieg, geht es nun fast stetig wieder bergab.

Für ein Turnier bei euch, muss ich definitiv noch viel mehr üben, dass ich dann wenigstens nur Vorletzter oder so bin.

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This is a genuine and sweet piece of technology! I haven't heard about it before. I'm just trying this tool out and the results look really smooth. I'd like to highlight some positions as you did in the future. Thanks for sharing !PIZZA

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Nice selection of positions. I liked the bizarre pawn center the most. I'm going to try that tool.

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ATM, this is one of my most compelling games and mates, lol. It's in the category "checkmate with king".

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Of chess, I like The Queen's Gambit the most! 😆

Bravo for you! 👏👏👏

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Wow thanks for sharing the app. Now I have a post idea. I'm no where near very good at chess. But this is my sweetest mate.

!1UP

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Oh thats an amazing tool! I've never seen a pawn party like that in the center lol and all those checkmaktes, so nice! My score is 4/434 games (0,009).. Nothing very interesting to show yet, but despite all the blunders, I think this was my most beautiful mate on Lichess:

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Now I can mute you so that I dont have to see any of the content or comments that you psot... isnt that amazing! look what happens when you express your disdain and lack of understanding for the downvote mechanism, as well as being a smart ass and rude to someone who was asking an honest question.

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Wow! This is beautiful. I didn't know a tool like this exists. I would check mine now and write about it tonight!

My favourite of your positions is - Blocking a check with a checkmate!

Feels like a slam dunk in Basketball!

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My Rosen Score is 0,009 (49/5255) with 14% perv… goals. Couldn’t believe that I have given a checkmate with a pawn in 19 games?!

Great find @stayoutoftherz, thank you. I wonder if anybody have made an app to search a lichess game on ECO Code…

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іскусственный інтеллект пока не справляется с красотой - предложил вполне стандартные картінкі. Я удівілся і перелопатіл вручную пару последніх месяцев. Сплошной ігровой спам. Із-за неудачных регламентов качество ігры на порядок ніже, чем на chess.com, где я іграю в основном рапід. Так что пусть будет этот прікољный выїгрыш от @fiona777, который нікуда не вошёлartificial intelligence is not yet able to cope with beauty - he offered quite standard pictures. I was surprised and shoveled by hand for the last couple of months. Solid game spam. Because of the bad reglaments, the quality of the game is much lower than on chess.com, where I play mostly rapid. So let there be this nice rout from @fiona777, who didn't enter anywhere

Uploading Peek 2022-05-28 15-37.gif #78

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In what way is the quality of the games on lichess lower than on chess.com?

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фіона777 2022-05-28 15-37.gif
on average 3 times faster, so let it be 3 times, although sometimes there are just a series of beautiful games

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