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is chess in the Olympics

  There is currently no chess in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess competition officially organized by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even-numbered years. Before World War II the event was occasionally held every year. There was also an unofficial Chess Olympiad series that ended in 1976. Although chess is covered in the sports sections of many newspapers around the world, it is not one of the recognized sports in the Olympic Games. However, FIDE is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows its rules. This means that chess could one day become an Olympic event, although most knowledgeable observers say this is unlikely. The World Chess Championship is a competition held annually by the international chess organization FIDE to determine the World Champion of chess. Both men and women are eligible to participate in this championship. The World Champion does not have to be the player with the highest Elo rating: the 2006-2007 World Champion, Vladimir Kr

The Coolest Smothered Mate I've Seen in a While

So I was randomly watching a bullet game between a grandmaster and another high-rated player on Lichess but I wasn't completely paying attention to most parts of the game. And so before I knew it, the game had already finished and I saw the final position which baffled me a bit. But then I looked at it carefully and marveled at the sight of a beautiful checkmate which you will find shown above. As can be seen, White's king is boxed in by several of his pieces, most of which have been pinned. The knight delivers the fatal blow with a very picturesque finish with Black's rook, knight, and bishop lined perfectly, somewhat imitating their starting positions.

To see how the mating net was executed and how White got themselves in this situation, here is the full annotation of the game:

If you just want to focus on this particular mating net, then you should start from move 43 and from there, you will see how White had found himself being caught in a trap of his own making. Of course, you may check out the rest of the game to see what happened and what lead White in this crushing defeat and gave Black the chance to execute a cool checkmate.


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