The Fastest Possible Checkmate In Chess

The Fastest Possible Checkmate In Chess

CHESScom
Jan 1, 2017, 1:58 PM |
5 | For Beginners

Have you ever wondered: "What is the fastest possible checkmate in chess?" It’s the two-move checkmate.

The two-move checkmate (impolitely known as fool's mate) is actually pretty silly and requires you or your opponent to make some very bad moves. White must first move the f-pawn one or two squares forward. Black must then play the e-pawn forward to open up the queen. White must then move the g-pawn two squares forward, allowing the black queen to come in to h4: checkmate!

Two-Move Checkmate

How can you as White avoid the two-move checkmate? Just don't push the f-pawn! This is good advice for newer players in general. Moving the f-pawn opens dangerous lines to the king, and is best avoided while you are learning the game. If you don't move the f-pawn, even a grandmaster cannot checkmate you in two moves. 

Now that you know this checkmate, why not create a Chess.com account and start your own game? It can't go that badly!

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