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Yes, it clearly is possible. Here is a position where White has just castled, and checkmated. 8/8/8/8/8/8/R7/2KR2k1 w - - 0 1


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If we have 8 queens, White is checkmated. The same applies most of the time with 8 rooks, and you need a few more bishops.


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What are the most common checks which occur in chess? Back rank checks (and check mates) must be the number one. I would suspect that bishop checks from h2/h7 on the castled king should also be up there in the top 10 if not number two.


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Assuming you are Black, you have checked your opponent - your Queen on d1 is putting his King on g1 in check (and checkmate). Edit: assuming Rewan Demontay's reading of your question is correct, then there's no stipulation that you have to check your opponent before checkmate. You can see this in well-known short checkmates, e.g. Scholar's mate. 1. e4 e5 2. ...


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