How to perform a fool’s mate in chess

Edward Scimia is an award-winning chess expert and writer with 15 years of hands-on experience as a private chess instructor and USCF tournament director. Edward is a first place winner of the World Open Chess Tournament and he edited the USCF’s e-newsletter, Chess Review Online.

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How to perform a fool's mate in chess

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Fool’s Mate is the fastest way to checkmate your opponent in the game of chess. This rare form of checkmate can occur when the White player makes two ill-advised mistakes.

Chess is a game of learning to respond to and anticipate your opponent’s moves. If you are playing Black, learning the proper response when you spot these particular opening moves by White can lead you to the speediest victory possible in the game of chess.

A Weak First Move

Fool’s Mate begins with a weak first move by White—kingside pawn to f3. This move does little to influence the center of the board, doesn’t help to develop any pieces, and weakens the king’s defense on the e1-h4 diagonal. White has already given up its opening advantage, but the situation isn’t yet hopeless—though it soon will be if White makes another mistake.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Black’s Responding Move

Black’s response, king’s pawn to e5, is a strong reply. The move gives Black great influence in the center of the board and helps develop the dark-squared bishop and the queen, who aims to take advantage of the weakened White king by moving to h4.

In the starting position of chess, White always has a slight advantage. In this game, after just one move, Black already has the superior position. White can develop two of its pieces because of the pawn move, but it has lost the option of moving its knight to f3.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

White’s Next Mistake

White’s second move, knight’s pawn to g4, is another blunder. The move fails to improve White’s position and weakens the already dangerous e1-h4 diagonal.

Even discounting Black’s winning reply, the move makes little sense. While it technically allows the kingside bishop to move out, that bishop still can’t get out from behind its own pawns. Even if it moves to h3, the g4 pawn blocks it from entering the rest of the battlefield.

Had White recognized this first error, it might instead have moved the second pawn to g3, thereby blocking the e1-h4 diagonal and buying some time. Instead, with this move by White, Black is poised to checkmate on just the second move.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Black Checkmates White

Black finishes off the game by moving its queen to h4. White cannot capture the queen, move its king to safety or block the queen’s attack. In just two moves, White finds himself checkmated. This illustrates both the powerful nature of the queen, as well as the dangers of opening lines to your king in the early part of the game.

White could have avoided this mess, but instead violated the basic opening principles of controlling the center of the board and maintaining king safety. A better approach would have been for White to advance its central pawns, which could have helped control the middle of the board, allowing its knights and bishops to safely enter play.

Pawn moves in the opening phase of the game are important, but they must serve a purpose. Understanding these principles will help you avoid suffering the humiliating Fool’s Mate.

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Fool’s mate is likely to happen to you in a chess game before you are able to do it to an opponent. As a beginner and not knowing what it is, you are susceptible to the quickest checkmates in chess. And it hurts! Chances are you’ve recently lost a game to Fool’s mate and are now looking for more information, so here goes.

Fool’s mate is the quickest possible checkmate in chess, taking just 2 moves to end the game in a loss for the white pieces. Fool’s mate is only achievable by the black pieces after white moves pawns on the G and F files in a specific way opening the King to a fatal attack from the Black Queen on the h4 square.

This article will demonstrate the four moves, step by step from the starting position and arm you as the white player to avoid fool’s mate and to let you know what to look out for if playing with black pieces so that you might be fortunate to win a game of chess with a 2-move checkmate in the future. I’ll also show you how to win in three moves as the white pieces too.

This article and website uses chess notation, it is easy to understand in less than 15 minutes, and will improve your understanding of chess and also your overall ability.

Fool’s Mate for White

The two moves made by white that allows Fool’s mate are

  • g5 – The pawn on the g file moving two squares forward
  • f4 – The pawn on the f file moving one square forward

The diagram below demonstrates the 4 moves in total, 2 for white and 2 for black that conclude with a checkmate position.

If g5 and f4 are the first two moves white makes, as long as Black has moved the pawn in front of their King at least one square, it is mate in 1 for black as they can execute fool’s mate on the white pieces.

Fool’s mate for white is not a pleasant experience but something many new chess players playing first may have to go through at least once in their journey of learning this beautiful game.

The fact is, most people know nothing of the Fool’s checkmate until it happens to them, at which point they have to go find out what it is that happened, why it happened, and how to stop a two-move checkmate from happening again. It’s not fun losing a game of chess in just two moves and something you want to avoid happening a second time at all costs.

Only white pieces can fall to the fool’s mate in chess as it is two mistaken moves by the white pieces that allow black to make the same number of moves and checkmate the white King.

How to Counter Fool’s Mate

The way to counter Fool’s mate is to not put yourself in a position whereby a clear route to your undefended and trapped king is achievable by the black queen on the h4 square. Be careful with pawns on the f and g files when playing white.

G5 of F4 Opening for white isn’t always wrong

There is absolutely nothing wrong with making the two moves as described above for the white pawn. Opening with either g5 or f4 is not a problem, but playing as white you should be aware of black playing either e3 or e4 and moving his King’s pawn out of the way of the diagonal route of the Queen to h4.

The reason fool’s mate becomes possible is because white has no defense of anything between the black Queen on h4 and the King.

The White King has no way of getting off the diagonal to h4, and with the pawns ahead of the 2nd row, there is no other piece for white available to block the check.

It is checkmate, the game is four moves old and white has just lost and probably looks a bit shocked right now

Fool’s Mate for Black Pieces

Playing black pieces in chess puts you at a distinct disadvantage even before a piece has been moved on the board. it is only slight but it is real, and most chess games are won by the white pieces given the advantage of the first move.

However, all of that advantage can be discarded if white plays the two moves that allow black to achieve a Fool’s mate in two moves.

Playing as the black pieces, you should always look out for white playing either g or f pawns.

If the g file pawn is pushed two squares forward on its first move to G4, fool’s mate immediately becomes a possibly

How to Win by Fool’s Mate and What to Look For

This is a pretty short step-by-step guide to winning by Fool’s mate as the black pieces, what to look for, and what to do

1. Be prepared for white to play either the g pawn or f pawn on the first move.

As soon as white makes either of these moves, fool’s mate becomes potentially possible, your next move is vital

2. If either f4, f5 or g5 is played by white, move your King’s pawn at least one square forward

By moving the pawn in front of your black King, you immediately open up the diagonal for your Queen to move if white makes the fatal mistaken pawn move

3. If white now moves one of the pawns on the g file or f file fool’s mate is open.

There is now a route from the h4 square to e1 which is where the white King is sitting, it is mate in 1, and you need only make your second move to end the game.

4. Move your Queen to the h4 square, and the game is over and you have won by way of Fool’s mate

Fools mate in chess is not named after anyone in particular, but rather the player of the white pieces who is deemed, (in quite a derogatory manner) to have been a ‘fool’ to have allowed the situation to occur.

Can White Win by Fool’s Mate?

It is not possible for white to win in 4 moves and therefore Fool’s mate is the reserve of the black pieces only, but that is not to say White can not win a game quickly and in the same manner. It’ll just take one extra move thanks to white going first in chess.

As long as black can make the fatal mistake of moving 2 particular pawns in their first 2 moves.

The fastest checkmate for White is three moves

Fool’s mate for white takes three moves and is the fastest achievable checkmate for the white pieces relying on Black to move two pawns on the G and F files leaving a clear path to the black King from the h5 square as long as the pawn in front of the white King has been moved.

The diagram below shows how this is done, and after, there is a step by step explanation of what to look for as the white player.

Step by Step Guide for Fastest Checkmate by White

your opening move should be e4 or d4

These two moves are often considered the very best opening move for white pieces anyway, so there will be nothing strange about playing, what is key is observing what move black opens with

Look out for Black making a f6 or g5 pawn move opening.

If either of these moves is made, you are just a couple of moves away from winning

Do not attack the f or g file with any of your pieces

By doing so you may prevent black from making the second mistake you require to finish the game, so play any move that allows your Queen to get to the h5 square, or if that is already open because you already played e4, move another piece on the Queen’s side of the board and wait…

  1. If black now moves a second pawn on either the g or f files, move your White Queen to h5

You are now won the game in just three moves, as white is unable to block the Queen’s route to the King and the King is unable to move out of the way.

Is Scholar’s Mate the Same as Fool’s Mate?

It is often the case that someone thinks that Scholars mate is the quickest checkmate in chess and just another name for Fool’s mate, but they are two different things entirely, with Scholar’s mate revolving around the weak pawns on the f2 and f7 squares.

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How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Fool’s Mate and Scholar’s Mate are often tried on newcomers to the game.

Fool’s Mate occurs when a player opens up his King to a fatal attack as shown in the following game:

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

It is rarely a good idea to move the pawns on f2, g2 and h2 so early in the game as the King normally castles on this side and if the pawns have been moved, they can no longer offer him adequate protection.

The following game illustrates Scholar’s Mate. This is a checkmate whereby the Bishop and Queen attack the weak f7 pawn. This pawn is weak because, in the starting position, it is only protected by the King.

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5 Nf6 4.Qxf7#

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Scholar’s Mate is the most common trap a beginner falls into. The following game is a game Mikhail Tal played when he was 9 years old against his brother and shows that even potential Grandmasters are capable of succumbing to this trap.

Mikhail Tal’s Brother – Mikhail Tal
Riga, 1945
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qh5 Na6 4.Qxf7#

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Fool’s Mate (also known as the 2-move checkmate) is the quickest possible checkmate pattern in chess. It should not to be confused with the 4-Move Checkmate.

Fool’s Mate Example #1

Diagram above: The Fool’s Mate is reached after the moves 1.f3 (or f4) e5 2.g4?? 2.Qh4# The white king can’t move to a safe square and he can’t block the check either.

It is unusual for white to move the f-pawn and g-pawn on their first two moves, but it is still a fairly common occurrence among beginners.

Even if the Fool’s Mate might never happen in your own games (though it probably will at some point), it is still useful to know the pattern. This is because the basic pattern in the fool’s mate can be used in other situations too. The next example will demonstrate the point.

Fool’s Mate Example #2

Diagram above: Black just played g7-g5, threatening to capture the white bishop on f4. Why was this move a mistake?

Diagram above: 1.Bh5+ Nxh5 2.Qxh5# uses the fool’s mate pattern to checkmate the black king.

The wikipedia entry on the fool’s mate includes two actual games that concluded in similar manner.

An Important Note on the Fool’s Mate

The Fool’s Mate is all about the weakness that is created as a result of advancing the f2-pawn (as white) or the f7-pawn (as black) early in the game.

Note that in both the first and second example of the Fool’s Mate, the checkmated king was exposed by the “missing” f-pawn. This is an important idea to remember–the king is vulnerable if the f-pawn moves in the opening stage of the game.

Diagram above: The pawn advance, f2-f3 (or f2-f4), means the white king can be vulnerable on the e1-h4 diagonal. This exposure can also be exploited by various other tactical ideas, which usually involves a queen checking the king on the exposed diagonal. Therefore it is generally not a good idea to advance your f-pawn early on in the game, or if you do–you should be aware of the potential dangers.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

There are more than one ways to finish a chess game fast, but did you know that you can win at chess in just 2 moves? The name of this strategy is called the Fool’s Mate and is the oldest and most popular quick game strategy that is employed regularly. It allows any player to finish the game in just 2 moves even before your opponent realizes it.

Here is how to win at chess in 2 moves using the Fool’s Mate strategy:

  • Your opponent plays 1.g4
  • Open the d8-h4 diagonal for your queen by moving your e7 pawn to e5.
  • Your opponent plays 2.f3
  • Move your Queen all the way to the h4 square.
  • You have delivered checkmate!

Now let’s look at a visual representation.

Table of Contents

How To Win At Chess In 2 Moves

Step#1: Open the d8-h4 diagonal for your Queen

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Your opponent with the white pieces move his pawn from the g2 square to the g4 square. When this happens, you must move your own pawn from the e7 square to the e5 square in order to activate lines for your Queen. This will allow you to capture one of the center squares and will make your first move

Step#2: Deliver Checkmate on h4

The two move checkmate can finally be executed on move #2 once your opponent plays his f2-pawn to the square f3. This opens up a weakness along the e1-h4 diagonal and can be easily exploited by moving your Queen from the d8 square to the h4 square.

The black queen is threatening to capture the white king and there is nothing the white player can do to prevent it. Black has successfully delivered checkmate.

A word of caution: When using the Fool’s Mate, you must understand that your opponent must be foolish enough to fall for your trick. This trick will not work if you are caught. The idea of the 2-move checkmate is to trap your opponent by capitalizing on their strategy of not leaving space for the king to escape.

We’ve seen so far how the Black player was able to deliver checkmate in just two moves, but what about the white player? Can he too try for the 2-move checkmate?

Unfortunately, there is not a two move-checkmate that white can deliver against black. It just won’t be quick enough. On the other hand, White can deploy the same strategy and finish the game in just 3 moves. If Black plays foolishly and opens up his King’s diagonal as seen in our last example, the white player can also use his queen to win the game. Let’s take a quick peek.

How To Checkmate Using The Fool’s Mate For The White Player

Open the diagonal for the White Queen

For the white player, move your pawn from the d2 square to the d4 square. This will again activate your queen to deliver checkmate in the event that black plays foolishly.

Black plays 1…f6

The best move for White now is to advance his e-pawn to the e4 square to gain central control. Note that white didn’t go for pawn to e3 since that will close the diagonal as White needs the d1-h5 diagonal for the Fool’s Mate to succeed.

Black plays 2…g5?

Just what you wanted! Black has foolishly opened up his Kingside and White can deliver the final blow with 3.Qh4 checkmate

Conclusion – Should You Play The Fool’s Mate?

The Fool’s mate is a popular checkmate that many beginners run into due to a lack of understanding in the chess opening. When playing your first opening moves, never move your wing pawns as this weakens your king side position and leaves you open for attacks. The Fool’s mate is common among the beginner chess level and I encourage you to know it like the back of your hands in the event you want to finish the game quickly.

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How to perform a fool's mate in chess

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Strategy Description of Strategy

Fool’s Mate
This is a strategy in which one Army is able to checkmate the other’s King within a very short series of moves. It is performed as a tagteam between the Queen and the Bishop. Speaking from the White Army’s perspective, it would begin with the Pawn going from E2-E3. You then follow this by bringing your Bishop out from F1-C4. Then bring your Queen out from D1-F3. Then advance your Queen from F3-F7 making a kill on the opponents Pawn assuming it is still there. You will then have your opponent’s King in checkmate within very short moves, hence the term “fool’s mate.” Note: you must take into consideration your opponent’s response moves when attempting the fool’s mate. They may see it coming and block you from doing it, or they may make it more difficult to execute. If they do such a thing, it will prove necessary for you to recognize and perhaps go in another direction.

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In chess, a smothered mate is a checkmate delivered by a knight in which the mated king is unable to move because he is surrounded (or smothered) by his own pieces.

Checkmate in one is just saying that on the board there is a position where one player is able to deliver checkmate in just one move. “Mate in one” simply means it is checkmate on the next move, i.e. a single move. Chess literature is full of “Mate in .

There are 20 possible first moves in chess and 1.f3 is probably one of the worst choices. Not only this move does not take control of the center, blocks an important f3 square for the knight, doesn’t allow development of any pieces but also it seriously weakens safety of the king.

Why is it called scholar’s mate?

So why is it called Scholar’s Mate? This 4-move checkmate was originally named and described in a 1656 text by Francis Beale titled The Royall Game of Chesse-Play. Beale is an English author who adapted the work of Gioachino Greco, an Italian chess player, and writer.

How many moves is fool’s mate?

two moves From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It’s best known as the Fool’s Mate.

What’s the scholar’s mate in chess?

In chess, a scholar’s mate is a four-move checkmate in which you use your white-square bishop and queen in a mating attack targeting the opponent’s f-pawn (f2 if white; f7 if black).

Can chess be mathematically solved?

Is chess a solvable game? Mathematically, yes, it’s solvable. Practically no. The scale is too large to solve it like tic tac toe.

What is a queen’s gambit in chess?

The Queen’s Gambit is the chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 d5. 2. . It is traditionally described as a gambit because White appears to sacrifice the c-pawn; however, this could be considered a misnomer as Black cannot retain the pawn without incurring a disadvantage.

What is the quickest way to checkmate someone?

Fool’s Mate is the fastest way to checkmate your opponent in the game of chess. This rare form of checkmate can occur when the White player makes two ill-advised mistakes. Chess is a game of learning to respond to and anticipate your opponent’s moves.

Why do chess players write down moves?

The simple answer is because it is required by the FIDE competition rules. The more complicated reason is that you cannot easily enforce other laws if you do not have your own written record. For instance: It is a requirement to record all draw offers by writing “=” against the move when a draw offer is made.

Are scholars mate and fools mate the same?

Unlike Fool’s Mate, which rarely occurs at any level, games ending in Scholar’s Mate are quite common among beginners. It is not difficult to parry, however.

What’s the best move in chess?

Here are the results—the 10 best chess moves of all time:#7 An Amazing Bishop Endgame.#6 Bura’s Desperado Sacrifice.#5 Geller’s Rook And Pawn Endgame.#4 Vladimirov’s Thunderbolt.#3 Marshall’s Legendary Move.#2 Meier’s Spectacular Sacrifice.#1 Shirov’s Jaw-Dropping Bishop Sacrifice.

What is the queen’s gambit in chess?

The Queen’s Gambit is the chess opening that starts with the moves: 1. d4 d5. . It is traditionally described as a gambit because White appears to sacrifice the c-pawn; however, this could be considered a misnomer as Black cannot retain the pawn without incurring a disadvantage.

Does chess raise IQ?

Chess has been shown to raise student’s overall IQ scores. A Venezuelan study involving 4,000 second grade students found a significant increase in their IQ scores after only 4.5 months of systematically studying chess.

Is there an unbeatable chess strategy?

An unbeatable chess strategy guarantees that you’re either winning or drawing your games but never losing. Certain chess moves do help in securing yourself a win or draw at all times, but this isn’t written on stone. . Fortunately, you can make some chess moves to increase the chances of winning your game of chess.

Is Scholars mate good?

The Scholar’s Mate is one of the most well-known checkmating patterns among chess players. It ends the game after only four moves by attacking the weak f-pawn with a bishop and a queen. . One of the fastests checkmates in chess: the Scholar’s Mate.

How do you do fool’s mate in chess?

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How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Fool’s Mate is a checkmate pattern given only by Black with a Queen or Bishop after White pushes one too many of the wrong pawns forward without moving any other pieces first capable of defending the King being attack. It’s also the fastest checkmate pattern in the game of Chess, meaning it’s delivered in the fewest number of moves with just two moves.

Are you a fool? Good. Now that we’ve established you’re not a fool, let’s make sure you stay that way and don’t become a victim of the dreaded two-move checkmate pattern known as fool’s mate.

Last Updated: September 2nd, 2021

If you’re a beginner chess player, this has most likely happened to you, especially if you play on Most players below 700 or so play either the fool’s mate or the Scholar’s Mate. Both are incredibly quick checkmates and if you’re new, you simply haven’t learned what to do to prevent these mates.

That’s not a problem, that’s why you’re here.

Main Line

The main line of the Fool’s Mate is only played by a complete beginner in Chess.


Example 1

This example is a true Fool’s mate which is a two move checkmate.

The next couple examples are not true fool’s mates, but they are variations of it. Meaning it’s the same concept as the fool’s mate and occurred in three or four moves instead of two.

Example 2

This mate was done by White this time. Black leaves his King wide open for White’s Queen to slide over to Qh5 delivering mate.

Example 3

In this example, Black delivers mate against White in the exact same way. White pushes his f and g pawns forward leaving a nice diagonal for Black’s Queen to end the game.

How To Defend Against Fool’s Mate

So what do you do if your opponent tries this on you? Well since this mate is achieved with just one major piece, the Queen, the only way to prevent this is to not put your King at such risk. Never push multiple pawns on one side of the board one right after the other. Such as c4, d4, f4, and g4. Doing so leaves a diagonal for the enemy Bishop or Queen to move and give mate in one.

I hope this guide on the Fool’s mate helped you. If you liked this post, you may also be interested in other checkmate patterns like Morphy’s Mate and the Reti’s Mate.

One of the most common questions asked by chess beginners is, “What is the fastest possible way to checkmate the enemy king?”

The answer to this question, is one that excites most new chess players. It’s possible in chess to win in only two moves, by executing a two move checkmate or “Fool’s Mate”.

The Two Move Checkmate

The two move checkmate generally refers to the position in which Black mates White right out of the opening.

Although there are virtually infinite ways of playing the opening moves, it is somewhat surprising that only a series of specific moves leads to the two move checkmate.

Let’s look at an example game in which the Fool’s Mate occurs.

White typically opens the game with his f pawn:

1 f2-f3

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Black replies by moving his e-pawn. It is important to note that this opens the d8-h4 diagonal for Black queen:

1… e7-e5

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

After moving his f-pawn, White moves the g pawn as well:

2 g2-g4

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

White’s last move has weakened fatally the e1-h4 diagonal. Black is now in position to deliver the mate with his queen:

2… Qd8-h4 mate

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

We can see that White’s king is hemmed by his own pieces and has nowhere to go. Thus, Black has successfully delivered a two move checkmate.

After observing the mating mechanism, we can conclude the following:

  • It is not important how many squares White’s f pawn or Black’s e pawn advance. For instance, White could have played 1 f2-f4 and checkmate would still happen after two moves.
  • On the other hand, White’s g pawn has to advance two squares in order for checkmate to happen, because by standing on g3 it would block the check of the Black’s queen.
  • Beginners are often taught to develop the center pawns first. The two move checkmate is one illustration of what can happen if that principle is ignored.

It has to be said that the two move checkmate almost never happens in actual chess games. Only a player totally unfamiliar with chess will allow it.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that the two move checkmate is also known as the Fool’s mate.

Variation of the Fool’s mate

Considering that the two move checkmate is rarely encountered in practice, the reader might wonder what is the point of studying it.

Well, it is true that the actual mate is not particularly worth remembering. However, the very principle of weakening the e1-h4 diagonal (e8-h5 for Black) which allows the checkmate is much more likely to be met in practice.

Consider for instance the following game played by Gioachino Greco (the 17th century Italian player that discovered many basic attacking principles) in 1625.

1 e2-e4 b7-b6

2 d2-d4 Bc8-Bb7

3 Bf1 – Bd3 f7-f5?

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Black’s last move has the idea of going after the pawn on g2 and the rook on h1 afterwards. However, it is actually a mistake, because White can ignore the threat to his rook and simply take the pawn:

4 e4xf5

How to perform a fool's mate in chess


5 Qd1-h5+

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

We can already see that Black has trouble along his e8-h5 diagonal and simply doesn’t have time to capture the rook on h1. His king has no escape squares, so he is forced to defend with his g pawn:

5… g7-g6

6 fxg6 Nf6?

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Black attacks the White queen hoping he will gain some time after White moves her. But the queen is not forced to go back, because White can force a checkmate in two moves from the diagram position:

7 g6xh7+

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

White leaves his queen hanging. Black has to take her:

7 …Nf6xh5

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

We can see that Black is a full queen up. But the weakness of the e8-h5 diagonal overweighs his material advantage, because White can simply mate with his bishop:

Apart from this famous game I would like to share a personal experience connected with the Fool’s mate.

Once I played some blitz chess against Leon Livaic, who is now Croatia’s youngest international master.

The blitz lasted for a couple of hours, and the score was getting progressively worse for me.

In one of the games, Leon used the famous From’s gambit against my Bird’s opening. After the initial moves:

1 f2-f4 e7-e5!?

2 f4xe5 d7-d6

3 e5xd6 Bf8xd6

4 Ng1-Nf3 g7-g5

The diagram position was reached:

At this point I was slightly hesitant and Leon, sensing my desperation, amicably explained to me that White most often prevents g5-g4 by moving his pawn to h3:

5 h2-h3?

Naturally, you can imagine the look on my face when he took his bishop and landed it on g3:

To paraphrase Homer:

“Don’t believe International Masters even when they are suggesting the moves“

With this anecdote from my personal experience, I would like to conclude this article. There are infinite variations of the Fool’s mate that can occur on the board, but as long as the principle of not weakening the key diagonal is remembered, there is no point in studying every single one by heart.

Hopefully, after reading this article you will be able to avoid traps connected with the two move checkmate and potentially even deliver one if you ever get the opportunity.

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Fool’s mate. White is checkmated.For the Peter Hammill album of the same name, see Fool’s Mate (album)

Fool’s mate, also known as the “two-move checkmate,” is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves

There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might play f4 instead of f3 or move the g-pawn before the f-pawn, and Black may play e6 instead of e5.

The fool’s mate received its name because it can only occur if White plays extraordinarily weakly, i.e. like a fool. Even among rank beginners, the mate almost never occurs in practice.

The same basic mating pattern may also occur later in the game. There is, for instance, a well-known trap in the Dutch Defence which occurred in 1896 between Frank Melville Teed and Eugene Delmar that runs 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bf4 g5 4.Bg3 f4; it seems that Black has won the bishop, but now comes 5.e3 (threatening Qh5#, the basic Fool’s mate idea) 5. h5 6.Bd3?! (6.Be2 is probably better, but this move sets a trap) 6. Rh6? (defending against Bg6#, but. ) 7.Qxh5+! Rxh5 8.Bg6#.

A similar trap once occured in a game between Gioachino Greco and an anonymous opponent.

Now 6. . Bg7! would have allowed the game to go on, as the move opens up a flight square for the king at f8. Black’s greediness has gotten the better of him.

We humans will, in general, get fixated on the superlatives in any field of human action. We are continually attempting to figure out who is the greatest, the most grounded, the smartest, best ever, and so forth. All things considered, our fixation went so far that a different body was made that distributes a yearly book that reports all the superfluous accomplishments of humankind.

Chess players are not a special case. For example, when we are playing the game, we are hunting down the best move; we are enthusiastically entering extensive talks about the near significance of Fischer and Kasparov, and so on.

In any case, we might want you to concentrate on addressing one specific inquiry that regularly entrances the brains of tenderfoots and learner players.

That question respects minimal measures of moves required to checkmate the foe King directly out of the opening. Along these lines, quick checkmates are the principal subject of this article. Also, we are going, to begin with, the quickest of all – The two-move checkmate or the Fool’s mate.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

What is The Fool’s Mate?

A Fool’s Mate is defined as a victory by checkmating your opponent in the fewest possible moves as soon as the game begins. It is also known as the two-move checkmate. This can be accomplished just by Black, who can convey checkmate on move 2 with the queen. Trick’s Mate got its name since it can possibly happen if White submits an uncommon screw-up. Indeed, even among rank novices, the mate never happens practically speaking.

The Moves that Make a Fool’s Mate

With a weak first move by the White side, employing only two moves can result in a Fool’s Mate:

  1. f3 e5
  2. g4 Qh4#

The example can have slight varieties; Black could play e6 or e5, and White could play f4 as opposed to f3. Also, the request in which White advances their F-and g-pawns could be exchanged.

How Does a Fool’s Mate Happen?

Just the player playing the White pieces can turn into a casualty of the two move checkmate. Taking into account that such a checkmate emerges simply after an awful have on White’s influence, this checkmate is otherwise called the Fool’s mate.

We can see that there are a few conditions that should be for the Fool’s mate to occur:

  • White’s g pawn must be on g4, altogether not to have the capacity to obstruct the check of the Black Queen.
  • White’s f pawn must be on f3 or f4, all together for the e1-h4 diagonal all things considered.
  • White’s king must be trimmed in by his very own pieces. For example, if there was no queen or d1 or pawn d2, there would be no checkmate as the king would probably escape by means of one of those squares.

Normally, White’s moves with the f and the g pawn are both awful.

In this way, it is completely supported to begin singing to your rival in the style of Amy Lee on the off chance that you ever convey the Fool’s mate over the board.

How to perform a fool's mate in chess

Other Quick-Win Moves

As a game of chess can come with 400 to 121 million possibilities of winning, it only makes sense that in addition to the Fool’s Mate, there are also other quick-win moves a chess player can do:

The Three-Move Checkmate

Contrasted with the two move checkmate, that is exceptional, there are various methods for checkmating the foe’s king in three moves. In this piece of the article, we will enable you to concentrate on the essential occasion, which is fundamentally the Fool’s mate overturned.

Likenesses between the two move checkmate and the three move checkmate are very self-evident. The main principle contrast is that White needs to lose rhythm and trust that Black will debilitate himself along the e8-h5 diagonal.

Yet, on the off chance that you enable yourself to be checkmated in this style, despite everything you have the right to be known as a Fool!

We have officially brought up that just total novices will move their f and g pawns from the get-go in the opening. Taking into account that there is a low likelihood of experiencing the Fool’s mate over the chessboard , one may think about whether there is any purpose of getting acquainted with it, at all. Indeed, if there is one thing one ought to recall from the precedent games over, that is the threat of debilitating the h4-e1 (h5-e8) diagonal too soon in the game.

At whatever point you are pondering about pushing your g and f pawns, you should ensure that your king won’t endure as an outcome. Since regardless of whether discipline doesn’t come as fast as in the Fool’s mate, despite everything you may fall into a strategic snare and lose the game generally rapidly.

The Four-Move Checkmate

Another quick checkmate that is experienced rather frequently in the training is the four-move checkmate, also called a Scholar’s Mate . The f7 (f2) is commonly perceived as the weakest point in the pawn structure in the opening in light of the fact that the King is the main piece safeguarding it.

A Four-move checkmate happens when the White Queen, bolstered by the light-squared bishop, checkmates the Black king accurately on the f7 square. Because of its instructive esteem (this example is regularly used to show the amateurs the fundamental mix components) the four move checkmate is additionally generally known as the Scholar’s mate.

Contrasted with the Fool’s mate, the Scholar’s mate is all the more regularly experienced by and by. Numerous fledglings are pulled in to the possibility of a speedy win and they venture to get their rival of the watchman with the Parham opening.

What is more, not just novices, the Qh5 was attempted against seemingly the best player ever, Garry Kasparov. When Black has shielded against the prompt dangers, he can pick up time by bugging the White woman and end up in a predominant position.

Thus, an expression of alert is required. In spite of the fact that you may win a few games with the assistance of the Scholar’s mate, you are depending on a misstep by your adversary, which is hardly a fitting methodology in chess. Along these lines, don’t move towards becoming focused on the Scholar’s mate. Any accomplished player will be happy to exploit your imperfect opening play.

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How do you beat someone in chess?

To win a chess game you will need to do six things: Make Good Opening Moves. Do Not Give Away Pieces For Free. Get Your Pieces In Position….

  1. Make Good Opening Moves.
  2. Don’t Give Away Pieces For Free.
  3. Get Your Pieces In Position.
  4. Coordinate An Attack On The King.
  5. Watch The Safety Of Your Own King.

What is the least amount of moves to win in chess?

Fool’s Mate
In chess, Fool’s Mate, also known as the “two-move checkmate”, is the checkmate delivered after the fewest possible moves from the game’s starting position. It can be achieved only by Black, giving checkmate on the second move with the queen.

What is the 4 move checkmate in chess?

In chess, a scholar’s mate is a four-move checkmate in which you use your white-square bishop and queen in a mating attack targeting the opponent’s f-pawn (f2 if white; f7 if black). The f-pawn is considered among the weakest pieces on the chessboard because it is only defended by the king.

What is the fastest way to win chess?

– Get your pieces out into play ( fast development) – Keep your King safe (castle is necessary) – Try to control the center or try not to let your opponent cont

What are the best moves in chess?

The queens came off early in Game 4, as the players entered novel territory in the 18th move. This article is part of our 2021 World Chess Championship series. Since Friday, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi have been spending their days in a glass box in Dubai, vying for the 2021 World Chess Championship.

What is the most famous chess move?

What is the most famous chess move? The 10 Best Chess Moves Of All Time‎. #8 Edward Lasker’s Stunning Queen Sacrifice For Mate. #7 An Amazing Bishop Endgame. #6 Bura’s Desperado Sacrifice. #5 Geller’s Rook And Pawn Endgame. #4 Vladimirov’s Thunderbolt. #3 Marshall’s Legendary Move. #2 Meier’s Spectacular Sacrifice.

How do you win in chess?

Think about the entire game from the opening moves on. A game of chess is generally considered to have three stages,all of which are deeply linked.

  • Choose Bishops over Knights in the Endgame. Early on,Bishops and Knights are roughly even in strength.
  • Utilize your pawn’s strength in numbers on an empty board.
  • Know when to push for a draw.
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    How do you do the 3 move checkmate?

    To checkmate in 3 moves in chess, start by moving your queen pawn to d3. Then, move your king pawn forward to e4, which will free up your queen. Finally, move your queen on the diagonal to h5, where you will have your opponent’s king checkmated without having captured a single piece.

    What is the 3 move checkmate in chess called?

    The Fool’s Mate
    The Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate in chess, happening only after two moves! To accomplish this feat, you need to play as Black (White can checkmate in three moves), and your opponent must play very poorly. It involves attacking the weak e1-h4 diagonal against White or the e8-h5 diagonal against Black.

    What is the 4 move checkmate?

    In chess, a scholar’s mate is a four-move checkmate in which you use your white-square bishop and queen in a mating attack targeting the opponent’s f-pawn (f2 if white; f7 if black). The f-pawn is considered among the weakest pieces on the chessboard because it is only defended by the king.

    Why is it called scholar’s mate?

    So why is it called Scholar’s Mate? This 4-move checkmate was originally named and described in a 1656 text by Francis Beale titled The Royall Game of Chesse-Play. Beale is an English author who adapted the work of Gioachino Greco, an Italian chess player, and writer.

    How many moves is the quickest checkmate?

    two moves
    From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It’s best known as the Fool’s Mate. A player cannot force his opponent into Fool’s Mate. White has to start the game with the two worst moves.

    How do you checkmate in 3 moves in chess?

    To checkmate in 3 moves in chess, start by moving your Queen Pawn to d3. Then, move your King Pawn forward to e4, which will free up your Queen. Finally, move your Queen on the diagonal to h5, where you will have your opponent’s King checkmated without having captured a single piece.

    What is the fastest checkmate in chess?

    Here are 10 of the fastest checkmates: Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate possible in chess, and it occurs after only two moves! Don’t worry, you can’t be forced into this checkmate unless you make two bad moves in a row. Here is Fool’s mate in action:

    How do you win the game with Checkmate?

    You achieve checkmate (and win the game) by placing your opponent’s king in check in such a way that the opponent cannot escape check in his/her next move. Thanks! What is scholar’s mate? It is a checkmate made by white in four moves that is common among beginners. Thanks! Isn’t there a mistake here?

    How many moves does it take to checkmate fool’s mate?

    If Black is aware of Fool’s Mate and isn’t afraid to gambit a pawn in the opening, then this awesome queen sacrifice checkmate can occur in only six moves: Caro-Kann Defense Smothered Mate The Caro-Kann Defense is known as one of the most solid openings that Black can play.

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    How do you solve a mate in 3?

    white to move! First, click/tap on a white piece. Then, click/tap the square to where you want to move that piece.

    What is a mate in 3?

    Technically, if you take the definition as it stands, this is a mate in 3, because it is a puzzle that ends with mate, and is 3 moves long. The definition should say, Any puzzle/position that leads to a forced mate in 3 or more moves.

    What is the hardest chess puzzle?

    Then Came The Magician”. This puzzle was composed by Gijs van Breukelen. It was created in somewhat around 1970 but published in the 1990s. This is one of the hardest puzzles ever composed as leave alone Grandmasters, engines could not solve it either!

    Is it possible to checkmate in 2 moves?

    In chess, Fool’s Mate, also known as the “two-move checkmate”, is the checkmate delivered after the fewest possible moves from the game’s starting position. It can be achieved only by Black, giving checkmate on the second move with the queen. Even among rank beginners, this checkmate rarely occurs in practice.

    What does tt mean in chess?

    Target Time 1:00.

    What is the most complicated chess opening?

    According to most top players Sicilian is the most complicated opening. It has many variations which can lead to complications, my best choice would be Najdorf & Poisoned Pawn variation in Sicilian.

    What are the best chess puzzles?

    Top 5 Best Chess Puzzles (My Opinion): A Little Chess Magic by Bodo Van Dehn17

    • A Little Chess Magic by Bodo Van Dehn.
    • Clever King Walk by Richard Reti.
    • Tricky Queen Triangulation by D. Joseph.
    • White King, Side Pocket by A. Kramer.
    • Best Chess Puzzle Ever? by Leopold Adamovich Mitrofanov.

    What is the 2 move checkmate in chess?

    The two-move checkmate (or Fool’s Mate) is a set of chess moves that allows the black player (who controls the black pieces on the board) to checkmate the white king in two moves. Still, exploiting your opponent’s errors is a major skill in chess in general.

    Is checkmate the only way to win chess?

    Checkmate is the only way for a player to win the game of chess through their play. There are other ways to win at chess, but they all rely on the opponent or the arbiter to come about. It is, essentially, placing the other player into a position where they cannot move without their king being able to be taken on your next move.

    Does chess always have to end in a checkmate?

    Checkmate matters, because it is the position in which a king is unable to escape being captured. But in order to end the game with checkmate instead of the actual capture of the king, it is a strict rule in Chess that a king may never ever move into check under any circumstance.

    What are the minimum pieces of chess for Checkmate?

    Fool’s Mate. The Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate in chess,happening only after two moves!

  • Scholar’s Mate. The Scholar’s Mate is an opening trap that catches many beginners off guard.
  • Legal’s Mate.
  • Back Rank Mate.
  • Smothered Mate.
  • Anastasia’s Mate.
  • Epaulet Mate.
  • Boden’s Mate.
  • Dovetail Mate.
  • Swallow’s Tail Mate.
  • How to achieve checkmate in 2 chess moves?

    🆂🅾🅻🆅🅴🅳 How to Achieve Checkmate in 2 Moves | Chess | Fastest Way | Get SmartChess is hard.True grandmasters spend years learning the underlying the…

    Fool’s mate: what does CHESS tell us about individual investor trading performance?

    Title: Fool’s mate: what does CHESS tell us about individual investor trading performance?

    Author: Bradrania, Reza author School of Commerce, University of South Australia

    Author: Grant, Andrew author University of Sydney

    Author: Westerholm, Peter Joakim author University of Sydney

    Author: Wu, Wei author University of Sydney

    Published In: Journal of accounting and finance vol. 57, no. 4, pp. 981-1017 4 57 981 1017

    Subjects: individual investors institutional investors information asymmetry liquidity

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    Abstract: We investigate the short-term relation between individual investor trading and stock returns on the Australian Securities Exchange. Stocks heavily bought by individual investors underperform stocks heavily sold over the subsequent three days, with respective returns on to a long–short portfolio of −93, −67 and −12 basis points on days one, two and three. Individuals underperform in small and mid-size stocks when they trade passively using limit orders waiting for the market price to move in their favour. Individuals underperform in large stocks when they trade aggressively using marketable orders. Foreign institutions gain from taking the opposite side of individual trades. We present an information asymmetry-based explanation for the findings.

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    A fast checkmate is an impressive way to win against any chess opponent. One or two moves can make the difference, so know how to recognize those quick checkmates. While winning chess in three moves is infamous among players, could it be done faster?

    In chess, one move can never result in checkmate. The fastest checkmate known in chess is the Fool’s mate, a checkmate in two moves. Fool’s mate can only be achieved by black (after a blunder by white). It involves diagonally moving the black queen to h4 for a checkmate.

    Remember that white pieces have the first-mover advantage in chess. This makes it impossible for white to achieve a similar two-move checkmate, even if black were to blunder their way into a Fool’s mate. That would always still be a three-move checkmate.

    One Move Is Not Enough To Checkmate

    Generally, white will need a minimum of three moves to checkmate their opponent. Black could theoretically do it in only two moves from the opening, given that white blunders its king into a checkmate (Fool’s mate). One move is insufficient for any checkmate to occur.

    The first move in any chess game is simply considered an opening move, determining the possibility of a future checkmate. It can never be a finishing move to win (or lose) a complete game.

    Fool’s Mate: Checkmate In Two Moves

    Finishing a chess match in only two moves is theoretically possible, but only for the black pieces. It involves a very specific blunder by the white pieces, exposing their king in an awkward manner.

    The checkmate in two turns is called the Fool’s mate, as it involves a blunder from white. It will look similar to the board situation in the diagram below:

    How to perform a fool's mate in chessOnly black can achieve a two-move checkmate

    While black barely needs to put in any effort to pull off this hyper-fast checkmate, white has to make a monumental blunder right away. Only four chess pieces need to be displaced for the Fool’s mate:

    • White plays pawn f3
    • Black plays pawn e6
    • White plays pawn g4
    • Black plays queen h4 for checkmate

    How To Checkmate In Three Moves

    If you’re playing with white pieces, the fastest way to checkmate your opponent would be three moves. There are many varieties of the triple move checkmate, depending on the choices made by your opponent.

    In short, it involves developing the queen fast, with the opponent moving its king forward:

    1. White moves their pawn to e4
    2. Black moves their pawn to e5
    3. White moves their queen diagonally to h5
    4. Black mistakenly moves their king to e7
    5. White attacks the black pawn on e5 for an instant checkmate

    The moves explained above are a common set of moves for beginners. Especially the development of the queen to h5 is commonly used in beginners matches, despite the fact that it’s not very efficient.

    If black is equally inexperienced, he might mistakenly move out the king, resulting in a checkmate. Howcast created a good video explaining this three-move checkmate in the YouTube video below:

    How To Defend Against A Fast Checkmate

    Achieving a rapid checkmate in only a few moves is exciting. It definitely breaks with the myth of chess being a slow, boring game that can take ages. Fast checkmates are common, from a friendly match between beginners to professional chess tournaments.

    That’s exactly why you should prepare your defense against these rapid wins!

    As a beginner, it’s best to look at the bigger picture. If you know the strategy you need to use, all you really need to know next is how chess pieces move on the board. That’s basically it. Here are a few of those strategies to defend against checkmates in only a few moves:

    • Protect your king right away: Don’t move your king into the battlefield, keep it behind the pawns.
    • Block their queen: If you see the queen approaching your pieces fast, block it off with your own queen or other supporting pieces (including your pawns)
    • Build a pawn wall: Even without an aggressive opponent’s queen, it makes sense to develop pawns fast and build walls to fence off incoming attacks, while simultaneously providing a protective barrier for other pieces.
    • Use the castling move: The castling move exists in chess to speed up the opening phase of a chess game. It involves a rook and king switching places, under certain circumstances. Develop your bishop and knight on the king’s side as soon as you can to perform a defensive kingside castle move.

    Once you’ll learn how to recognize fast checkmates, they become easy to counter. Don’t rush the game, take your time to develop your pieces. After all, chess is not a speedrun, but a calculated balance of strategic attacks and defenses. A three-move win requires a specific set of moves, so don’t count on it happening often.

    Remember that a one-move checkmate is impossible, a two-move checkmate is improbable, and a three-move checkmate only requires a simple defense. What’s your favorite fast checkmate? Let me know in the discussion below!

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    In chess, the endgame position of checkmate is where the king piece is threatened with capture by an opponent piece with no moves it can make to escape the threat.

    Checkmate Meaning & Definition

    Checkmate ends the game with the player with the checkmated king losing to their opponent.

    Checkmate is often shortened to “mate”, with “check” being the preceding stage where the opponent’s king is threatened but can execute a move that avoids the opposing piece.

    Do you want to know more about checkmate? Read on for a concise guide to checkmate which covers everything you need to know about Checkmate.

    Is Checkmate the End of the Game?

    Though checkmating your opponent ends a game of chess, it is important to remember that the king piece is never actually captured. The king never leaves the board.

    You cannot kill or attack a king. Usually, in games where the king’s position appears irretrievable, the game is resigned before the checkmate occurs as continuing is considered bad form.

    What is a Stalemate?

    Also, a game can be ended via stalemate, where though the king is not in check, all legal moves have been exhausted. This type of game ends in a draw.

    Who Invented Checkmate?

    To answer this, you need to dig down to the Indo-Persian root of the game, which is steeped in military strategy and ancient conquest.

    The word checkmate is derived from the Farsi or Arabic شاه مات‎ or “shāh māt”, which means “the King is helpless”.

    The “māt”, which we recognize as “mate” means measured or traversed, alluding to the prowess of the opponent in taking the dominion in the game.

    An alternate theory relates the term “mate” to the Arabic word “māta” meaning died or dead; not only that but staring, mouth agape, and stupified!

    Other theories postulate that mate means “only I remain”. Dramatic stuff and a decisive end to the game!

    In the earliest Indian versions of chess, the king would be captured, but it is believed that the Persians introduced the “check” stage of the game, to avoid games being ended prematurely or accidentally.

    Also, early European players favored a version of chess where all other chessmen but the king would be captured for a win (known as annihilation or robado).

    What are the Types of Checkmates?

    If you are a novice chess player or someone who plays intermittently for fun, giving your endgame and checkmate strategy some thought can strengthen your game.

    If you are playing from move to move, knowing one or two of the basic checkmates will give you something to aim for during your midgame and build your confidence in being more assertive on the board.

    Here are the most common checkmates that can take place when pieces are limited.

    If you and your opponent have both hoovered up the board, you can force checkmate with just a single additional piece, often a queen.

    Of course, the more chessmen you retain, the easier it is to pressure a king into checkmate. Let’s take a look:

    Basic Checkmates

    Checkmate with a queen

    A queen is a common agent provocateur for forcing a checkmate especially if a resilient pawn has made it across the board to be queened.

    A king and queen can be used for a checkmate towards any of the four edges of the board.

    The queen faces the opposing king on a directly adjacent square, and the king on the same side is directly behind the queen.

    To take out the queen would force an illegal move (see our article can a king kill a king?).

    Alternatively, if there is an opposition situation where two kings face each other, the queen can force a mate to move in the rank (row) or file (column) of the opponent’s king.

    Checkmate with a king and a rook

    Any of the four edges or corners of the board can be used to force a checkmate using a rook and a king in opposition.

    Checkmates using a rook can be forced in a relatively small number of moves and many books and tutorials exist on how you can integrate this strategy into your endgame.

    Checkmate using two bishops

    This is another well-known checkmate, where the king is in a corner.

    The bishops can cut off the options for a king that is being opposed by occupying the right and left diagonals adjacent to the king from any clear distance.

    Other well-known checkmates

    Once you start to learn more and exercise the different basic checkmates, it is only a matter of time before you come across other classic checkmates that are well worth recognizing in your study and game analysis.

    Watch the videos below to see how these mates work out in over-the-board play.

    What is a corridor mate in chess?

    Also known as a back rank mate involves a rook or queen moving into the back rank and trapping a king that cannot move because its way is blocked by a row of friendly pawns.

    What is the fool’s Mate in chess?

    This is the fastest possible mate and involves the early release of a queen that mates the king on an exposed diagonal.

    What is a scholar’s mate in chess?

    The scholar’s mate is executed in four moves and sets up a definitive mate using the queen and a bishop on the diagonal.

    There is also a wide range of rare and unusual mates, which given the inventiveness of many chess players are constantly being added to, either in live play or as part of working out chess problems.

    How can I improve my checkmate skills?

    If this article has motivated you to brush up on your chess skills you have a range of options for developing your checkmate strategies.

    Why not devote some time to mastering the moves necessary for an inescapable mate every time.

    Studying chess theory will give you an all-around perspective and new insights on the game of chess and even if you don’t always have someone to play with you can work out chess problems to exercise your skills.

    Over the board play as part of a club is a great way to learn about checkmates as you will have the benefit of experience players who can tutor you and hopefully you will pick up good habits.

    Of course, online chess means you can put your moves into practice 24 hours per day!

    Fool’s Mate – Quick Mates – Part 3

    Quick Checkmates -Part 3

    Fool’s Mate checkmates happen in this, video #3, of the series. These check mates are some of the fastest checkmates in chess.

    A note from Mr. C:

    Hello, Chess for Children kids! We want to thank you for visiting our quick checkmates page. We really appreciate you and our little minions are constantly at work trying to bring you the very chess lessons on the web today.

    Checkmate is a wonderful thing and what can make it more wonderful is to checkmate our opponent really quickly.

    Why is a quick checkmate so satisfying? Maybe it iss because we demonstrate our superiority ina decisive way. It could be that we could go grab a pizza or play with a friend. I think that quick checkmates are just fun to play. Whatever the reason here are some rapid fire checkmates to help you in your games. Enjoy!

    Other mates in under 10 moves videos

    1. Here is our first checkmate in Under 10 moves – video
    2. This is where you go to see our 2nd checkmate in Under 10 moves – video
    3. Click here to visit our 4th video on checkmate video 4
    4. Checkmate in Under 10 moves –video 5

    If you would like to learn more about Fool’s Mate you can go to this great webpage here.

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    One of the first mating patterns chess players learn is how to win chess games in 4 moves. The most famous is called Scholar’s Mate.

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    Learning how people win in chess in four moves is crucial because it teaches you how to defend against the threat. Learn how to win in four moves or less now!

    It’s even possible to win in chess in less than four moves!

    The fastest checkmate in chess is two moves.

    Fool’s Mate: The Quickest Checkmate in Chess

    To checkmate your opponent in two moves, you will need lots of help from him. Here is one example of how you can checkmate in two moves.

    1.f4 e6 2.g4 Qh4 checkmate

    Here is a study showing how you can win in two moves with black.

    Scholar’s Mate: How to Win a Chess Game in 4 Moves

    Did you know that Scholar’s Mate appeared in the hit Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit”? NM Fernando Broca gives an excellent explanation of Scholar’s Mate in this exclusive video.

    The Scholar’s Mate follows two patterns. The difference between them is where White develops the queen – either to h5 or f3.

    When learning how to win in chess in 4 moves, you must first identify the weakest point in your opponent’s starting position.

    Black’s weakest square at the start of the game is f7 because only the king defends it!

    Placing a protected piece on f7 will allow you to attack the king directly.

    How to Win in Chess in 4 Moves With Qh5

    The queen attacks the weakest point, f7, and the undefended pawn on e5. Black defends the e5-pawn with his knight.

    White attacks f7 with a second piece – his bishop. Black tries to drive the queen back but gets checkmated.

    3…Nf6 4.Qxf7 Mate

    Here is a study showing how you can win in chess in 4 moves with Qh5.

    How to Win in Chess in 4 Moves With Qf3

    1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qf3

    3…Nc6 4.Qxf7 Mate

    Here is a study showing how you can win in chess in 4 moves with Qf3.

    How to Win in Chess in 4 Moves With Black

    The most famous four-move checkmate pattern is Scholar’s Mate, but did you know that Black can also deliver checkmate in 4 moves?

    This checkmate involves a smothered mate, that is where the king’s own pieces block its escape.

    1.e4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Ne2 Nd4 4.c3

    White played c3 to attack the black knight on d4. Attacking an enemy piece that has moved onto your half the board is usually a good thing.

    Can you see why in this position, c3 is a losing move?

    When one of your pieces gets attacked, you should always look to see if it can move forward safely instead of backward. In this position, the knight moves forward to f3 and delivers checkmate.

    Here is a study showing how Black wins in chess in 4 moves.

    How to Defend Against Scholar’s Mate

    There is one excellent way to defend when your opponent tries to win a chess game in four moves. Developing the queen to e7 defends the e5 and the f7 pawn.

    You know it is time to move your queen to e7 when White moves his queen.

    Here are two examples.

    The first study shows how to defend against Qh5.

    This study shows how to defend against Qf3.

    In Conclusion

    You need not be afraid of Scholar’s Mate because you will achieve easy equality if you know how to defend against it!

    Scholar’s Mate is unlikely to succeed against stronger opponents. Still, you can use the bishop and queen combination to attack other weak points in your opponent’s position.

    It might not get you a win in your chess game in four moves, but you don’t score extra points for winning sooner.

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    Like many other mating patterns, you first have to force your enemy’s king to the edge of the board. After the king reaches one of the sides of the board, you can then push him to one of the corners, and after that, use your king and bishops to end the game.

    How do you get checkmate in chess?

    You achieve checkmate (and win the game) by placing your opponent’s king in check in such a way that the opponent cannot escape check in his/her next move.

    What are the rules of checkmate?

    When you put your opponent’s King in check, and there is no legal move that allows him to escape check, that King is in “checkmate”. When you checkmate an opponent’s King, you win the game. Checkmate is the objective in chess. Simply put, this is how you win the game.

    What are the 5 steps to checkmate?

    1. e4 e5. The game starts by white moving king’s pawn to e4. .
    2. Bc4 d6. In the next move, white’s king side bishop moves to c4. .
    3. Nf3 Bg4. Next, white moves his king’s side knight to f3. .
    4. Nc3 g6. White then moves his queen’s side knight to c3. .
    5. Nxe5 Bxd1. .
    6. Bxf7+ .
    7. Nd5# 1-0.

    How do you win a chess match?

    1. Make Good Opening Moves.
    2. Do Not Give Away Pieces For Free.
    3. Get Your Pieces In Position.
    4. Coordinate An Attack On The King.
    5. Watch The Safety Of Your Own King.
    6. Always Be A Good Sport.

    03 – Checkmate (What is a Checkmate?) | Chess

    21 related questions found

    What is the fastest way to win a chess game?

    Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate possible. In order for Fool’s mate to be performed, White must move their g-pawn up two squares and their f-pawn up one or two squares in the first two consecutive moves.

    What is a hook mate?

    The Hook Mate is a very useful and instructive checkmate pattern that demonstrates optimal coordination between a rook and knight. The pattern is named after it’s visual appearance that resemble a hook.

    Does checkmate mean you win?

    Checkmate (often shortened to mate) is a game position in chess and other chess-like games in which a player’s king is in check (threatened with capture ) and there is no possible escape. Checkmating the opponent wins the game.

    What happens if you say checkmate and it’s not?

    No player is even obliged to declare “check” or “Checkmate”. So if “checkmate” is declared and it’s then found that it is isn’t in fact checkmate, the game carries on as normal. If the player accepts that it’s checkmate and shakes your hand, the game is over regardless of the position.

    Is checkmate the only way to win chess?

    There are three main ways to win or lose a chess game: checkmate, resignation and timeout. Check out the games and videos below for examples.

    What is the fastest checkmate?

    Fool’s Mate is the fastest way to checkmate your opponent in the game of chess. This rare form of checkmate can occur when the White player makes two ill-advised mistakes.

    Can you checkmate yourself?

    It doesn’t matter what the move would do for you, it is an illegal move. The answer is yes it is illegal to move a piece that blocks a check to ur king the piece is considered pinned to ur king until the king is moved or the threat is removed. and it is also illegal to move ur king into check.

    What is the most powerful piece of the game?

    The queen (♕, ♛) is the most powerful piece in the game of chess, able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally, combining the power of the rook and bishop.

    What makes a chess game a draw?

    While playing Chess, a Draw is declared when a player has made the same moves, or is about to make the same move, three times in a row – since the player cannot make any progress. . If both players haven’t captured any of the other player’s pieces or moved their pawns in fifty moves – a Fifty-Move Draw is declared.

    Can you checkmate with a knight and rook?

    A rook and a knight can make checkmate if they work together. You will learn two familiar mating patterns: the Arabian mate in example 1 and Anastasia’s mate in example 2. .

    How do you win in chess automatically?

    1. LEARN THE MOVES. Each chess piece can move only a certain way. .
    2. OPEN WITH A PAWN. Move the pawn in front of either the king or queen two squares forward. .
    5. DON’T WASTE TIME. .
    6. “CASTLE” EARLY. .

    How many times should you say check in chess?

    Normal rules apply, but you can also win (or lose!) a game by checking (or getting checked) 3 times in total. Games can still end in the traditional ways of checkmate, stalemate and time-out. The game can also end if a player checks their opponent’s king three times.

    How do you win chess with only a king?

    A bare king can never give check, however, and can therefore never deliver a checkmate or win the game. A bare king can in some situations play to a draw, such as by stalemate or if the opponent of a bare king oversteps the time limit. If both players are left with a bare king, the game is immediately drawn.

    What’s the best strategy for chess?

    There are four basic tactics that every chess player should know. Fool’s Mate: This is the fastest way to checkmate, and it capitalizes on a few key mistakes by your opponent. Forks: Knights are the best pieces for forks because they can take out two opposing pieces in one move.

    You might already know that to win a chess game you have to checkmate your opponent. But, can you achieve this checkmate faster. Can you win a chess game in 2 moves?

    Yes, one can win a chess game in 2 moves by the Fool’s mate. In this two-move checkmate, the black queen checkmates the white king on the second move. However, this checkmate can only be achieved if the opponent makes a sequence of bad moves.

    It occurs only when the opponent makes foolish moves and hence the name of this two-move checkmate pattern is Fool’s Mate.

    To win chess by this checkmating pattern in 2 moves your opponent must be white and you must be black.

    Here’s my video in which I show you step-by-step how to win chess in 2 moves. You can watch it or else continue reading!

    Here’s how you can win a chess game in 2 moves:

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    Step-1: White moves the pawn to f4 square

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    As you can see on the first move the white player moves the pawn to f4 square. Note that at the start of the game the pawns on f2 and f7 squares are weak because they are only protected by the king.

    Any piece that is just protected by the king is considered weak because at least you can sacrifice other pieces but not the king. Whenever a player’s king gets checkmated, he or she loses the game.

    So moving this pawn, a player only invites the opponent to attack. So to avoid this fool’s mate to happen if you are white, you can avoid moving these f file pawns.

    Anyways, let’s move on to our next step.

    Step-2: You move the black pawn to e6 square

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    In response, with black chess pieces, move your black pawn e6 square making a room for your queen from behind.

    Note that this two-move checkmate (Fool’s mate) can also happen if the white pawn in step was moved only one step (up to f3 square) instead of two squares (up to f4 square) provided rest everything remains the same.

    Step-3: White moves the pawn to g4 square

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    White then moves the pawn to g4 square and bang! White makes the biggest blunder by making this move.

    As you can see in the image, the white king is not protected by any of the supporting pieces. This is a very dangerous situation as the opponent can take the advantage of this situation and easily checkmates the white king.

    And the same thing happens in the next move.

    Step-4: You checkmate the white king by moving the black queen to h4 square

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    As soon as you move your black queen on h4 square the white king gets checkmated. The white rook can’t save the king because it can’t move diagonally.

    The white knight would be of no use since it can move in an L shape and here in this position it can’t protect the white king from the attack.

    The white bishop can’t do anything because it can only move diagonally and by doing that also you can’t block the attack by the black queen.

    Also, the white pawns are of no use here because the two pawns already moved ahead, and remember that in chess the pawn can’t move backward.

    The remaining white pawn on the h2 square also can’t do anything because it can move only one step.

    So long story short, the white king is helpless and can’t save itself from the attack of the black queen and hence gets checkmated.

    In fact, in chess ‘checkmate’ comes from the Persian word “shah mat” which means the king is helpless. You can also read more about what is checkmate and the checkmate rules.

    You may be also wondering, can I achieve this checkmating pattern if I’m having the white chess pieces?

    So the answer is yes, you can, but you won’t be able to achieve that in two moves.

    If you are white and want to achieve this checkmate then you would require three moves and this is known as the “Reversed Fool’s Mate”.

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess


    Since this fool’s mate (or the two-move checkmate) is easy and most chess players already know about this, it occurs rarely in a game.

    But if you are playing with an absolute beginner, hope that he or she makes this sequence of bad moves so that you can deliver the checkmate and win the game in 2 moves.

    That’s it! Hope you understood everything. If you found this article helpful then please do consider sharing it with others. Thanks!

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    What is the fastest checkmate in chess?

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    Fool’s Mate
    From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It’s best known as the Fool’s Mate. A player cannot force his opponent into Fool’s Mate.

    Can you get checkmate in 2 moves?

    In chess, Fool’s Mate, also known as the “two-move checkmate”, is the checkmate delivered after the fewest possible moves from the game’s starting position. It can be achieved only by Black, giving checkmate on the second move with the queen. Even among beginners, this checkmate rarely occurs in practice.

    Which two pieces combined move closest to the same way as the queen?

    During the 15th century, the queen’s move took its modern form as a combination of the move of the rook and the current move of the bishop.

    What’s the best move in chess?

    Here are the results—the 10 best chess moves of all time:

    • #7 An Amazing Bishop Endgame.
    • #6 Bura’s Desperado Sacrifice.
    • #5 Geller’s Rook And Pawn Endgame.
    • #4 Vladimirov’s Thunderbolt.
    • #3 Marshall’s Legendary Move.
    • #2 Meier’s Spectacular Sacrifice.
    • #1 Shirov’s Jaw-Dropping Bishop Sacrifice.

    Can a knight capture a queen in chess?

    For example, if you are controlling a black knight, it is possible to attack the white king and the queen at the same time, even if those pieces are far apart from one another.

    Which is the only piece on a chess board that Cannot check a king?

    Black’s king cannot move to squares under attack by the white bishop, knight, queen, or pawn. Since White is checking Black, and Black can neither move, capture the checking piece, nor block the check, Black is checkmated.

    What is the ponziani in chess?

    The Ponziani Opening is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1….Ponziani Opening.

    a b c d e f g h 8 8 7 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 1 1 a b c d e f g h
    Moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3
    Origin c. 1490
    Named after Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani

    What is the 4 move checkmate?

    I n chess, a scholar’s mate is a four-move checkmate in which you use your white-square bishop and queen in a mating attack targeting the opponent’s f-pawn (f2 if white; f7 if black). By exploiting your opponent’s most vulnerable point early on, you can trap them in an early checkmate.

    What is the best move in chess to win?

    Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate possible in chess, and it occurs after only two moves! Don’t worry, you can’t be forced into this checkmate unless you make two bad moves in a row. Fool’s Mate is the fastest checkmate possible.

    Is checkmate the only way to win chess?

    There are three main ways to win or lose a chess game: checkmate, resignation and timeout.

    How to win chess in 5 moves?

    White pawn to d4,black pawn to f5 So in this checkmating pattern white starts by moving the pawn in front of its queen to d4 square.

  • White bishop to g5,black pawn to h6 Now,white moves its bishop to g5 square,as you can see in the above image.
  • White bishop to h4,black pawn to g5 White moves back its bishop by moving it to the h4 square.
  • What is the fastest checkmate?

    Fool’s mate is the fastest checkmate in chess! Fool’s Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess . From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It’s best known as the Fool’s Mate.

    How to checkmate fast?

    1. Fool’s mate. This is the oldest and most popular quick game strategy that is employed regularly. The fool’s mate allows you to finish the game within 2 moves!

  • 3. Scholars mate. This is a trick where the opponent’s king is taken down in 4 moves. This also capitalizes on the opponent’s king’s inability to escape.
  • 4. Hippopotamus mate. The next game is known as the scholar’s mate. This move also makes use of just 4 moves to defeat the opponent.
  • 5. Legal’s mate. The hippopotamus mate is one where you can end the game in 6 moves.
  • What is Quick chess game?

    Quick Chess. Quick Chess is both a chess variant and a great teaching aid. By limiting the squares and pieces, you still can get the full experience of the game but on a much smaller scale. This allows a faster game as well as a greater opportunity to get used to the mechanics of each chess piece.

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    Top Fastest Checkmate Moves for Winning More Chess Games

    Checkmate moves in chess are important to learn. You can play the entire game with no problems but if you can not checkmate your opponent at the right time then there is no point to playing well. Checkmate means trapping the king and that is exactly what a player needs to do while playing a chess game.Sometimes you are running out of time or you just want to surprise your opponent. In such a scenario you should try to use the fastest checkmate moves. We’ve compiled the best moves that you can use to quickly mate your opponent and win the game.

    Fool’s Mate

    In chess, the fool’s mate is also called 2 move checkmate. This mate is delivered in the fewest moves possible and is the quickest way to end a game of chess. However, this can only be played by the player who has black pieces. In this checkmate, the brutal mate is delivered by the queen in the second move itself. The fool’s mate got its name because black can only do it if the player with white pieces makes a very foolish blunder. Do not expect this move to work on even ranked beginner level players but it can help you defeat people who are just starting. So if you’re playing as white then avoid opening up on the king’s side diagonally because it gives a lot of exposure for the queen to attack if there is no defence.

    Smothered Checkmate

    In a smothered checkmate, the king has no piece to move because it is surrounded by his pieces. This checkmate is delivered by the knight. Sometimes, one of the surrounding pieces includes a piece from the opponent but the king is unable to capture it because it is covered by another piece. This mate usually happens in the corner of a chessboard, this is because only a few pieces are needed to surround a king in this area. So if you castle, leave some space for your king to move or you might have to face the smothered checkmate. The very act of castling which is meant to keep the king safe will lead to your defeat. Keep an eye out of the opponent’s horse and do not allow this to happen.

    Scholar’s Mate

    The 4 move checkmate which is also known as the scholar’s mate can be achieved with the involvement of your pawn, bishop and queen. The first move is to bring out your pawn, such that it opens up space for your bishop. Now place the bishop on a square where it can cover the square which is diagonal to the opponent’s king and in front of their bishop. Then bring out your queen and place it in the file diagonal to the opponent’s king. If your opponent fails to notice the threat, simply capture the pawn in front of the opponent’s bishop with your queen and deliver your checkmate. Now that you know what this 4 move checkmate looks like, we expect you to recognize it when the opponent is playing this against you. A simple way to avoid it is by using your knight to protect the pawn and threaten the queen.

    Hippopotamus Mate

    This checkmate strategy was named as Hippopotamus checkmate because of its unique form. The opening for this mate is quite irregular but it can end the game just in six moves. So this is perfect if you’re in a hurry and want to end the game quickly. Even though some consider it as a bad opening strategy, some think that it is the best opening to be used against an aggressive player.

    3 Move Checkmate

    The 3 move checkmate is a form of fool’s mate where one move is extended. This is again dependent on how the opponent moves and if they blunder or not. Again, this is not advised to play against opponents who are average. It might work against absolute rookies but it would be a shame to use this anyway. However, you can use it as a way to explain the logic behind chess and teach your opponent.

    Final Thoughts

    There are the fastest checkmate moves. They might be difficult to grasp in written format because it is hard to picture a chessboard and all the pieces at one place if you are just starting. So play on our MPL app and practise these checkmate moves in chess.

    Hi guys! I’m Aj.
    I just registered.
    I just want to give everyone a quick tip that I alwals Do.
    Whenever I’m black and my oponent is white, I always try to block him as well as I can.
    That’s why I came up with a way to block my oponent whenever he tries to play the fool’s mate.

    W: B:
    e4xf5 e6xf5
    Qf3xf5 Ne7xf5

    W: B:
    Bc4xe6 d7xe6
    e4xf5 e6xf5
    Qf3xf5 Ne7xf5

    That’s Basically what you do.
    I came up with that move at 4:00am when I was in my room practicing. That took me hours to discover. 🙂
    What do you guys think?

    Originally posted by AJMagicman
    Hi guys! I’m Aj.
    I just registered.
    I just want to give everyone a quick tip that I alwals Do.
    Whenever I’m black and my oponent is white, I always try to block him as well as I can.
    That’s why I came up with a way to block my oponent whenever he tries to play the fool’s mate.

    W: B:
    E2-E4 e7-e6 . [text shortened]. n my room practicing. That took me hours to discover. 🙂
    What do you guys think?

    Hmmm. After you’ve played 1. e6, why do you think your opponent would move his bishop to c4? Also, why do you think your opponent would throw his queen away with 5. Qxf5? Alternatively, why do you think that your opponent would throw his bishop away with 4. Bxe6? You seem to be assuming your opponent is completely incompetent. Anyway, 1. e6 isn’t bad. Normally your opponent will play 2. d4 in response. You should respond to this with 2. d5. This is called the French defense, and it is both fun, interesting, and, with proper study on your part, a tough defense to crack.

    Welcome to the site.

    Originally posted by bbarr
    Hmmm. After you’ve played 1. e6, why do you think your opponent would move his bishop to c4? Also, why do you think your opponent would throw his queen away with 5. Qxf5? Alternatively, why do you think that your opponent would throw his bishop away with 4. Bxe6? You seem to be assuming your opponent is completely incompetent. Anyway, 1. e6 isn’t bad. . [text shortened]. eresting, and, with proper study on your part, a tough defense to crack.

    Yep, listen to Bbarr dude, there are a billion ways to dodge fools mate. Play to develop your pieces as quickly as possible, this is the best way to beat it 😉

    Welcome to the site

    Originally posted by AJMagicman
    Thanks Guys! 🙂
    I really apreciate your advice. This helps alot! 🙂
    Well at least I’m good enough for a begginer right?
    I just learned chess 2 weeks ago, and now I’m taking chess lessons at a Young People’s Summer Collage. I have to pay $76 for all classes; and at least I think that’s a fair price. Don’t you think? 🙂
    Well. “Thanks again!” 🙂 . [text shortened]. ld send me accouple of tips, that would be great!
    I’m trying to beat my brother, and I can’t.

    Originally posted by bbarr
    Hmmm. After you’ve played 1. e6, why do you think your opponent would move his bishop to c4? Also, why do you think your opponent would throw his queen away with 5. Qxf5? Alternatively, why do you think that your opponent would throw his bishop away with 4. Bxe6? You seem to be assuming your opponent is completely incompetent. Anyway, 1. e6 isn’t bad. . [text shortened]. eresting, and, with proper study on your part, a tough defense to crack.

    Blaaaaaaaah, French. *gets sick and throws up* 😛

    That is so not hardcore! 😀

    The fact that you spent hours studying that and developed those moves (whether good or bad ones) means a lot. If you continue to work like that at your chess you’ll be kicking your brothers behind in no time.

    Have fun and good luck! And take people up on their offers of help around here. There are lots of players that will gladly share their advice with you.

    Now go smack your brother around. On the chess board I mean.

    Originally posted by AJMagicman
    Thanks marinakatomb .
    I’ll do that; but there’s just one problem.
    My brother doe’nt live with me, he’s in Collage right now.
    But he’s comming over at the end of july to celebrate his birthday with us. So then I’ll record all of our games so that you can help me out. 🙂

    Originally posted by AJMagicman
    What about you LivingLegend ?
    If you’re saying blahhhhhhhh.
    You must have to give me an advice.
    If you don’t think the other advices are good, then give me a good one. But thanks for your opinion. I’m always glad to hear from all of you. 🙂

    With pleasure wib! 🙂
    I use to be scared of my brother trying to beat me; but now thanks to you and everybody’s help I’ll beat him! I want to show him how good I am! 🙂

    I’ll prove to him that I’m not just a regular chess player. I’ll show him who’s the king. 🙂

    PS: Although I gotta say. My Brother is So smart. He’s been playing for a lifetime; and I just started 2 weeks ago. But that doesn’t scare me!
    I’ll show him.

    Well, the French is a common, oftenly played (also by Grandmasters) opening. Very sound and there are not, as far as I know, I seldomly play it, to many tricks in it. My only point is that because it’s played so often, it’s boring.

    Certainly for beginning players like you, responses to 1.e4 like 1..e5 or 1..e6 are good, but personally, I like the Sicilian opening, which is 1.e4 c5, and the Scandinavian opening, 1.e4 d5, better. Bbarr is alot stronger than me though, so you’d better listen to him instead of me. 😉

    EDIT: Hm, that was me, Olav (LivingLegend), forgot that I was on, Jessah (my cousin, for those who do not know) slept over a few days ago. 🙂

    Sorry LivingLegend. 🙁
    I did’nt know.
    My apologgies .
    Hey! I still have to hear from you anyway! 🙂
    I need your advice too you know.

    IBM’s chess-playing computer may see beating Garry Kasparov as a leap forward for artificial intelligence. Sucker

    SOMETHING about chess champions scares ordinary mortals. Even the title “grandmaster” seems chosen to emphasise their superiority to most people. In the minds of many, playing chess well ranks alongside understanding higher mathematics or the more obscure by-ways of Wittgenstein’s philosophy as a testing ground of human cleverness. The idea that a machine could be cleverer is therefore disturbing. If machines can beat even champions at chess, what area of human endeavour is safe from their encroachment?

    Over the coming weeks most humans are therefore likely to be cheering for Garry Kasparov, the current world champion (and, in the opinion of many, the best chess player in recorded history), during his latest duel with Deep Blue, an IBM computer. In their last meeting, in February 1996, Mr Kasparov won the contest 4-2. But Deep Blue has been upgraded since then, and there is a good chance that it may win this time round, even though Mr Kasparov has meanwhile been busy upgrading himself.

    If Mr Kasparov does win, despite the odds, it may give his audience a warm feeling. But, in truth, if Deep Blue were to beat him it would not really matter one jot. It would not show that Deep Blue was cleverer than any human alive. It would merely confirm something that has been known for a long time: that chess is trivial.

    One mark, Watson, of a scheming mind?

    That does not mean that playing chess is easy. But as John von Neumann, one of the founders of modern computing, observed over 40 years ago: “Chess is not a game. Chess is a well-defined form of computation. You may not be able to work out the answers, but in theory there must be a solution.” What IBM ‘s programmers will have done is to press the quest for that solution (which is merely a matter of logic and number crunching) beyond the point where human thought processes can keep up with it.

    What they have not done is to reproduce human thought, which is the usual declared goal of artificial intelligence. No computer programmer has done that. Programs intended to play real games—those where bluff and deception as well as calculation are involved—have not made nearly so much headway as those that play chess.

    There is certainly room, as Sherlock Holmes observed to his biographer, for scheming in chess. Indeed, it was by observing his opponent and outscheming it that Mr Kasparov beat Deep Blue last year, even though he lost the first match of the series. The significant point was that Deep Blue could not scheme back; it just had to follow its imperfect algorithm.

    Human intelligence is strong on scheming. There is a respectable line of evolutionary argument that scheming, and the manipulation of the behaviour of one’s fellow humans that goes with it, is the primary biological purpose of intelligence. Outmanoeuvring that by means of number crunching—the only way that computer programmers currently know—is not the same as emulating it. In the case of chess, success has not been an indication of anything remotely approaching a scheming (and so truly intelligent) mind. Programmers do not know how to tackle that problem.

    There is another reason not to feel too crestfallen even if Deep Blue does beat Mr Kasparov. For it, too, is a product of human intelligence, in all its scheming cleverness. Only when people have built machines that can themselves design and build machines such as Deep Blue (and, more to the point, want to) will people’s pre-eminence be seriously threatened. Of course, Deep Blue might object, if it had been so programmed, that this definition of intelligence is deeply unfair. Despite von Neumann’s stricture, outplaying people at chess has after all been a sub-goal of artificial intelligence for years, and now that the goal is in sight, people are moving its posts once again. This may look to a computer like a particularly Machiavellian example of changing the rules in mid-game. But that’s people for you. Clever, aren’t they?

    This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline “Fool’s mate”

    Now that you know notation, we can start looking at some positions and games and analyzing, etc. In other words, now you can really start to learn to become a better chess player by reading books and blogs and solving puzzles, etc.

    Let’s look at a few simple checkmates that are standard 1st time player mates to learn.

    Fool’s Mate

    This first simple mate (and actually entire GAME) we’re going to learn is titled “Fool’s Mate” because “only a fool would make such moves”! It is the fastest possible checkmate where the entire game lasts only TWO MOVES!

    1. f3 e5; 2. g4 Qh4#

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    Scholar’s Mate

    Scholar’s Mate gets attempted quite a lot in novice play and even some higher ranked players will go for it as a type of fear tactic, so it’s good to learn both what it is and how to stop it.

    The moves for a Scholar’s Mate are: 1. e4 e5; 2. Qh5 Nc6; 3. Bc4 Nf6; 4. Qxf7#

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    There are a few variations of this from white’s side(such as bringing the Bishop out before the Queen, or bringing the Queen to f3 instead of h5), but that’s the basic idea. As black, there are many ways to guard against this particular mate.

    One way NOT to block is to threaten the Queen with g6. This results in a dangerous trap that allows White to check with the Queen (Qxe5+), forking the King and Rook:

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    You may think of answering 2. Qh5 with Nc6. This will still drop the e-pawn with check… not the worst thing in the world, but still not very ideal. 2. … Nc6 is still a good answer to block against the e-pawn capture. When White brings the Bishop to c4 for the threat of a mate, you can now push the g-pawn to stop the mate as the King/Rook fork is no longer an issue thanks to the e-pawn being protected by a knight.

    Quick Smothermate Trap

    A Smothermate, as talked about in a previous blog, is when Checkmate with a Knight when the opponent’s King is blocked in by pieces (and can’t move) that can’t capture said Knight. Here is a cool little smothermate I saw recently that was very fast…

    1. e4 e5; 2. Nf3 Nc6; 3. Bc4 Nd4; 4. Nxe5 Qg5; 5. Nxf7 (forking the Queen and Rook and can’t be captured by the King because it’s protected by a Bishop):

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    then black resumes- 5. … Qxg2; 6. Rf1 (so it doesn’t get taken) Qxe4+; 7. Be2 (moving the queen there would just result in a queen capture… which, given the circumstances might be the better idea for white at this point) Nf3#

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    These three fast mates are all possible (and infact, Scholar’s Mate happens quite frequently in beginning chess players’ games). Now that you know them, you can try them out on your friends, and protect against them when your friends try them on you!

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    By Malcolm Dome ( Prog ) published 25 March 15

    Uncovering the stories behind great prog album artwork.

    How to perform a fool's mate in chess

    Based on the chess game, artist Paul Whitehead had high hopes for album cover. The reality was somewhat different…

    Peter Hammill – Fool’s Mate

    (Charisma, 1971)

    This was the debut solo album from the Van der Graaf Generator frontman. He used the project as an opportunity to record a whole string of songs shorter in style and construction as compared to the more complex compositions which had come to define VdGG. Aside from bandmates Hugh Banton, Guy Evans, Nic Potter and David Jackson, the album also featured Robert Fripp and Lindisfarne’s Rod Clements. Paul Whitehead’s artwork picked up on the chess theme of the album title, and developed it in an idiosyncratic way.

    How did you meet Hammill? “I met him when Charisma asked me to work with Van der Graaf Generator on their 1971 album Pawn Hearts. They thought the band needed some help. Peter and I hit it off immediately; we just seemed to have a connection. I found him to be someone who had a lot of interesting ideas, ones I could develop artistically. So when he did Fool’s Mate, it made sense to team up again.”

    How did you come up with the idea?

    “Well, it came from the album title. I have no clue about chess, but Peter is a keen player, and once he explained the concept behind a fool’s mate move in the game, it gave me the basis from which to create the final artwork.”

    Had you heard the music beforehand (and what did you think)?

    “Oh yes, Peter played some of the songs he was working on. They sounded really good, and a little quirky, as I would expect from someone as individual as Peter has always been.”

    What was the concept?

    “Well, it was all based around a fool’s mate, of course. Peter explained to me how this was a chess move to get the opponent in checkmate in the fewest possible moves. So, I got him to set up a chess board exactly as you’d expect it to look when a fool’s mate happened. I then sketched it, and from that created what you see on the cover.

    “In addition, I knew that Peter was into the First World War. That gave me the idea of having a bi plane from that era flying over the board with the title trailing behind. I also added in figures to illustrate some of the tracks. The ship, for instance, is because of the song Viking. I won’t give away all the secrets, though. People should spend time to work out the rest for themselves. That was always the intention.

    “Getting the finished artwork done took me a long time. It must have been six weeks in all.”

    What was the reaction? “Do you know what? I’ve never really had any reaction. I honestly thought the cover would create a stir, and I’d have been inundated with questions over the years from fans about the concept. Nobody, though, has ever asked me about it. Until now. I know Peter liked it, and so did the label. And I suppose no-one has ever complained, so it must have been accepted.”

    Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term “thrash metal” while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

    In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

    Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.