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Fool's Mate

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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 leading to the position shown...

There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might play f2-f4 instead of f2-f3 or move the g-pawn before the f-pawn, and Black may play e7-e6 instead of e7-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 mate can occur in From's gambit (Bird's opening) 1. f4 e5 2. g3 exf4 3. gxf4?? Qh4#...

More generally, the term fool's mate is applied to all similar mates early in the game; for example, 1.e4 g5 2.d4 f6 3.Qh5#

The pattern of the simplest fool's mate is maintained: a player advances his f- and g-pawns, allowing a queenmate along the unblocked diagonal. One such fool's mate is widely reported to have occurred in a possibly apocryphal 1959 game between Masefield (or Mayfield, depending on the source consulted) and Trinka (or Trinks or Trent) which lasted just three moves: 1.e4 g5 2.Nc3 f5 3.Qh5#
(variants on these moves also exist).

Even more generally, the term "Fool's mate" is used in chess variants for the shortest possible mate, especially those which bear a resemblance to the orthodox chess fool's mate. Fool's mate in progressive chess, for example, is 1.e4 f6 2. Nc3 g5 3. Qh5#

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  • 5 years ago · Quote · #201

    qpalzm-blue

    There is a two move checkmate for black you know!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #202

    gadmim

    THIS IS NOT TO BE USED IN TORTAMENTS

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #203

    peachter

    ...

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #204

    cubnoble

    Is it suppose to take this long to load?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #205

    mdnssmstr7777

    newbies wouldnt even play this

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #206

    tommy7340

    cool

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #207

    nickkname

    I've won with that before

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #208

    yerenxi

    I can't even see it!!!!!!!!!! stupid damm bitch!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #209

    philtheforce

    i remember this....

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #210

    abhhhi

    i won my 6 out of 6 matches at north india zonal tournament by fools mate

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #211

    gfj17

    i cant even get the video to load

    :/

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #212

    Checkmate_007

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #213

    Checkmate_007

    hahaha i have done it many times and won an game!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #214

    tafarewa

    try doing that on the best

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #215

    Saber1

    Do most beginners experience it, or avoid?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #216

    namusr

    i can do it in 2 steps

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #217

    CheckMate360

    cool

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #218

    Saber1

    Haven't seen that in awhile? Good reminder.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #219

    Penchalaiah

    This kind of checkmate has been used by me... during my school days.... its becomes so funny to see my oppenent face....

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #220

    neatbiltz

    lol

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