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Subject: Re: Shortest ever mate?

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 10:42:22 10/31/05

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On October 30, 2005 at 11:00:02, Tord Romstad wrote:

>While testing my GUI earlier today, I played a couple of FRC blitz
>games.  The following game was embarassing, but amusing:
>
>[Event "?"]
>[Site "?"]
>[Date "2005.10.30"]
>[Round "?"]
>[White "Tord Romstad"]
>[Black "Glaurung Mainz"]
>[Result "0-1"]
>[SetUp "1"]
>[FEN "brnbkqnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/BRNBKQNR w HBhb - 0 1"]
>
>1. b3 e6 2. c4 b5 3. cxb5 Be4 4. d3 Qb4+ 0-1
>
>[D]1rnbk1nr/p1pp1ppp/4p3/1P6/1q2b3/1P1P4/P3PPPP/BRNBKQNR w KQkq -
>White is mate after 5. Bc3 Qxc3#
>
>Is this some sort of record, or have some of you managed to lose
>even more quickly against your computer?

Here is a large collection of forced checkmates visible from the first five
plies of chess (each position is generated within perft 5, and each position
listed is a proven forced checkmate):
http://cap.connx.com/chess-engines/new-approach/r12345dm.epd.bz2



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