Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess
Fool's mate is the fastest checkmate in chess!

Fool's Mate | Fastest Checkmate in Chess

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Jan 1, 2018, 12:00 AM |
3 | For Beginners

From the starting position in chess, the fastest checkmate possible can happen in two moves. It's best known as the Fool's Mate. A player cannot force his opponent into Fool's Mate. White has to start the game with the two worst moves. Let's take a look.

Fools Mate Chess

Now you can see why it is called the Fool's Mate! White has to play two very bad moves back-to-back for this checkmate to happen. You may never get the opportunity in your life to checkmate your opponent so easily, but this pattern is useful to know. 

Here are two games where a variation of the Fool's Mate happens.

The Fool's Mate pattern has been around for a long time as this game from 1619 shows! 

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Gioachino Greco was one of the first authors of chess.

Always be on the lookout when your opponent pushes their f-pawn! Play a game on Chess.com today and see if you can use this checkmate pattern!

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