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Quick checkmates
Compiled by D.Observer
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These games last no longer than 10 moves.

The original fool's mate
L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

Epauletted in three
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

Another Fool
W T Mayfield vs W R Trinks, 1959 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

The Black Scholar?!
B R vs A Wagner, 1902 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 5 moves, 0-1

NN was fooled?
NN vs Du Mont, 1802 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 6 moves, 0-1

The Blackburned King
Muhlock vs B Kostic, 1911 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 7 moves, 0-1

Looks like an Epaulette
N Tchinenoff vs R Maillard, 1925 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 4 moves, 0-1

Semi-smothered?
T Mantia vs T Trogdon, 1979 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 6 moves, 0-1

Here's another fool
Van Kessel vs Rensen, 1990 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Again?!
H Klip vs T Bottema, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Another Black Scholar
J Spencer vs Takacs, 1981 
(A20) English, 4 moves, 0-1

Smothered.
Molinari vs Bordais, 1979 
(B20) Sicilian, 5 moves, 0-1

Bishop kill in five
Barney vs Mccrum, 1969 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

Bill, the scholar?
B Wall vs Bridgemen, 1996 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

Caro Kann Defense?!
C R Gurnhill vs W H Banks, 1962 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 6 moves, 1-0

Another scholar
Michael Meyer vs D Newcomb, 1952 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 1-0

Is this mate legal?!
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Another Legal Checkmate
O Bjarnason vs V Dittler, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Fool's Mate: The Long Variation
Rusty Warren vs B Wall, 1975 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 7 moves, 0-1

Double kill
E J Diemer vs NN, 1979 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Promotion-induced checkmate
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

Another underpromotion
H Reinle vs Lange, 1936 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

NN loses in eight
Greco vs NN, 1623 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

Eight-move mate
Schulz vs Lehnert, 1909 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Legal Pillsburry
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Legal in Germany
D Ham vs A Howard, 1979 
(C25) Vienna, 8 moves, 1-0

Fork and mate
F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 
(A80) Dutch, 8 moves, 1-0

Smothered in nine
Reshevsky vs R Margolit, 1968 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 9 moves, 0-1

Shortest correspondence?!
V Manko vs Jankowitz, 1900 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 0-1

Trapped in ten
Pillsbury vs Magana, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

A rare NN miniature
NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

A variation of the fool's mate
J Bodvarsson vs F Olafsson, 1947 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

Semi-smothered?!
De Fraenkell vs NN, 1934 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 5 moves, 1-0

Why take the queen?
F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 5 moves, 0-1

Another smothered mate
H H Cole vs Hein, 1941 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

NN resigned due to unavoidable checkmate.
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 9 moves, 1-0

2. Ke7????
E Schiller vs H Pack, 1969 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 1-0

Another blunder!
A Durao vs S Horta, 1954 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Scotch tape
B Blumenfeld vs NN, 1903 
(C45) Scotch Game, 10 moves, 1-0

Duplicate??
Capablanca vs Edward Beckley Adams, 1909 
(C46) Three Knights, 9 moves, 1-0

Smothered queen + checkmate threat = resignation!
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

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