Fool’s Mate

Fool’s Mate

The fastest checkmate in chess is known as the Fool’s Mate. Unlike some other fast checkmates, Fool’s Mate is rarely seen, even in games between beginners.

White’s first move. 1. f3.

Blacks first moves. 1. e5.

White’s second move. 2. g4

Black finishes the game with 2. Qh4. White cannot capture the queen, cannot move his king to safety, and has no way to block the queen’s attack. White in checkmate and black wins.

Fool’s Mate is very easy to avoid. White moves are extremely bad. White does nothing to controlling the center of the board and keep up king safety. By remembering king safety and controlling the center of the board you will avoid Fool’s Mate.

Scholar’s Mate

In Scholar’s Mate  you checkmate your opponent after the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Qxf7#. Scholar’s Mate is also called four move checkmate. Like Fool’s Mate, Scholar’s Mate is easy to avoid.



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