# Shortest Mate using Only Pawns

THUDandBLUNDER
Posers and Puzzles 02 May '05 21:27
1. 02 May '05 21:27
Construct the shortest possible game where one side delivers mate, but makes only pawn moves.
2. 02 May '05 22:42
Black mating on his sixth is the best I can see now.

1. d3 d5
2. Kd2 e5
3. Ke3 f5
4. Kf3 a6
5. Kg3 b6
6. Kh3 f4#
3. 02 May '05 22:461 edit
Originally posted by Peakite
Black mating on his sixth is the best I can see now.

1. d3 d5
2. Kd2 e5
3. Ke3 f5
4. Kf3 a6
5. Kg3 b6
6. Kh3 f4#
Well done, but this can be improved.
4. 02 May '05 22:581 edit
I'd figured out it couldn't be the e-pawn for white moving, will let the queen through. Forgot to consider the f-pawn. In that case make it four.

1. f3 e5
2. Kf2 f5
3. Kg3 d5
4. Kh3 f4#
5. 02 May '05 23:135 edits
Yes, the solution has 8 plies - but not those.
6. ark13
Enola Straight
02 May '05 23:141 edit
Originally posted by Peakite
I'd figured out it couldn't be the e-pawn for white moving, will let the queen through. Forgot to consider the f-pawn. In that case make it four.

1. f3 e5
2. Kf2 f5
3. Kg3 d5
4. Kh3 f4#
Neither are mate, black can play g4 to block in both.
7. BigDoggProblem
Just...the Dogg
03 May '05 00:17
Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER
Construct the shortest possible game where one side delivers mate, but makes only pawn moves.
1.f3 e5 2.Kf2 h5 3.Kg3 h4+ 4.Kg4 d5#