11269 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Please give your feedback and advice on my moves in the game above.
White could have mated me in the beginning, right? :)
Thanks for your time in advance! :)
Yes. 3. ... Qxf7 is mate. It has a name, scholar's mate. For some reason almost every beginner at chess takes it up. But don't bother. Although you went wrong against the idea here you won't again and your idea of getting your pieces out rather than going for a quick win turns out to be the better idea. Just counter the mate (as, for example, by getting your king knight out first) and develop your pieces (with threats against the exposed queen when you can) and you will do well.
I would like to point out an idea that does come up some what often. After 18) Bxa7 this bishop is in danger of being trapped via b6. There are times that Bxb6 cxb6 will leave your king in danger but often this will win you a bishop for 2 pawns and is well worth it.
Yeah, the whole idea (at low level) of that opening seems to be a quick checkmate, he was handed it and then didn't deliver!
But, white made a few terrible mistakes through the game Qf3?? for one, 9. Nf3?? instead of Qxf5 which would have been a good use of the sac'ed bishop earlier, 15. Be3?? rather than Nxh8 which would have had him up, also 23. Bc1?? better would have been 23. Bf2 delaying the mate.
As stated before, 3...Nf6?? was odd at that point, 3...g3 would have been better. And obviously the 13...0-0-0?? was a mistake but it payed off with whites blunder at 15. Be3. Otherwise, I've no major complaints with Black's game. A few moves could have been sharper but all-in-all a well'ish played game by black after given a second chance past the scholar's mate.
Great - thanks for your advice!
KG accepted question
by ericbowiereed a few minutes ago
strength attainable without theory
by MrKornKid 2 minutes ago
Who Is The Best Players In Chess History
by cheeseskates 5 minutes ago
Why are there so many scholars mates in scholistic tournies?
by Ziryab 5 minutes ago
Kasparov bad role model for others
by macer75 7 minutes ago
7/5/2015 - Lasker - Alekhine, London 1913
by glsmith 10 minutes ago
I want to improve should I quit playing blitz?
by wonderballer 11 minutes ago
Mangus lost in Norway blitz?
by Martin_Stahl 15 minutes ago
Hurt/Heal World Chess Champions
by macer75 17 minutes ago
i am really getting bored of chess what should i do
by Sasha136 18 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!