Only hundreds of times.
There is a well known trap, the Blackburn-Shilling opening trap, that in the most common line ends in a smothered mate in 7 moves.
Played that hundreds of times.
A few days ago I had a more beautiful one, including queen sacrifice.
I was after some blunders in a bad situation, and suddenly I saw it!
Here is the smothered mate line of the Blackburn-Shilling trap:
Have I ever had a smothered mate? Not delivered at the table - it was
the usual motif and my opponent immediately resigned after Qg8+ - most
of you will know the mate I'm talking about. (e.g. Rxg8, Nf7++)
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