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The Shortest Checkmate in Chess: The Fool's Mate

The shortest checkmate possible in chess is where black wins after two moves. In order for it to work, white needs to move their g-pawn to g4 on their first or second move, and black need only open a diagonal for the queen. From there, if white ever moves the f-pawn, queen h4 is checkmate. This is a 2-move mate also known as "The Fool's Mate". It is the fastest possible way to give checkmate in chess.

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  • 13 months ago

    AllogenicMan

    @ Brain_work:

    'Yeah!' ...

  • 14 months ago

    AllogenicMan

    @ DeepGreen32:

    'Pipe dreams'! ... Sure'd hate to be playing in a tourney under your jurisdiction.

    And that's the way 'I' see it! ...

  • 14 months ago

    DeepGreen32

    I've won so many games with this

  • 14 months ago

    JJZ03

    Nice Vid

  • 14 months ago

    JJZ03

    Such a simple mate.

  • 14 months ago

    KingCameron

    good to know ^-^

  • 15 months ago

    sutpan

    Thanks for this awesome trick

  • 15 months ago

    MelvinDoucet

  • 15 months ago

    AllogenicMan

    @ CMGuess:

    'Gee[?!]' - well I'd bet that this 'pot'-buddy must've been experimenting with some weird [anti-/inversed] variation of the 'stone[d]-wall' defence then, otherwise he'd likely at least 'tripped' over (or, 'out[?]') his king and/or queen, before screaming, "Far-out, man!", upon awakening to the discovery of 'checkmate' - huh? ...

    And that's the way 'I' see it! ...

  • 15 months ago

    CMGuess

    Believe it or not, but this really works in practical games. I once played with one of my dad's pot buddies, and beat him several times in a role using the trusty fool's mate! Thanks Jerry!

  • 15 months ago

    Ironknight777

    Nice one jerry 

  • 15 months ago

    bondiggity

    Cool game GreenCastleBlock, but surely its fxg3 that deserves the double question mark. 

  • 15 months ago

    DrFrank124c

    I once beat someone in Washington Square Park with the Fool's Mate. A man was walking through the park with his wife, he saw me sitting at my table with my set and asked to play. He certainly looked embarrased from losing so quickly in front of his wife!

  • 15 months ago

    GreenCastleBlock

  • 15 months ago

    Vinskii

    A recent game I played with white, same spirit :

    1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Qh5+ g6 4.Be2 gxh5 5.Bxh5#

  • 15 months ago

    AllogenicMan

    'Wow!' - sure didn't know of that 'won'! ... So who showed you 'bout 'dat, Silman? ...

    And that's the way 'I' see it! ...

  • 15 months ago

    leonidbasin

    I didn't know actually! That was awesome! Thank you for sharing!!

  • 15 months ago

    Reshevskys_Revenge

    True - many beginners don't know this, and by seeing it in action, it may stress the importance (at least to beginners) of opening to the center.

  • 15 months ago

    kiwi

    Not everyone knows, chess.com on average gets like 5000 new members, I'm willing to bet many of them do not know how to perform a successful Scholars mates/Fools mates let alone understand the basic tactics. 

    Also, no harm in repeating it for our pleasure to watch! Smile

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