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gnohmon wrote on 2002-08-12 UTC
> If there are no captures, what does a 'mate' look like?

It's what we call 'pictorial' mate. That is, if you look at the diagram it
appears to be checkmate, even though the rules of the game do not permit

In other words, when it comes to check, the pieces have their normal
powers. It's a funny situation, and although I cannot think of an example
right now, I know that there are several variants that use this concept.

For an example, what's the fastest foolsmate?

1 Ke1-e2+e2-e1, e7-e4+Ke2-e5 is a promising start, but now what? Kf6+g7-e5
is illegal -- cannot put self in check -- and K can retreat from check by
Castling with b2 or h2. I said you can castle out of check, right? Maybe
that was a wrong choice.  

The foolsmate is not easy to find.

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