Lolli's mate in 1

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In Lolli's mate, a queen checkmates the king on the edge of the board. The queen is next to the king, but can't be captured, because it is protected by a pawn.


This checkmate is named after Giambattista Lolli, a chess player from 18th century Italy.


White has invaded Black's castling position with the pawn on f6 and the queen, and can deliver Lolli's mate with Qg7#.

Black can deliver Lolli's mate with Qh2#. The pawn on g3 is very strong, protecting the queen and guarding the escape square f2.

Pattern matching

A pawn guarding escape squares in the opponent's castling position can be very dangerous. It can lead to Lolli's mate, or highstriker mate.