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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.
'Pipe dreams'! ... Sure'd hate to be playing in a tourney under your jurisdiction.
And that's the way 'I' see it! ...
I've won so many games with this
Such a simple mate.
good to know ^-^
Thanks for this awesome trick
'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? ...
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!
Nice one jerry
Cool game GreenCastleBlock, but surely its fxg3 that deserves the double question mark.
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!
A recent game I played with white, same spirit :
1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Qh5+ g6 4.Be2 gxh5 5.Bxh5#
'Wow!' - sure didn't know of that 'won'! ... So who showed you 'bout 'dat, Silman? ...
I didn't know actually! That was awesome! Thank you for sharing!!
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.
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!
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