Scholar's Mate

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Scholar's Mate is also known as the "4 move mate". It is mostly this:






You can't trust it in all cases though,this is why:It Can be blocked and puts your pieces in a bad position. Once you block it you will usually win the game.


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #1


    i got defeted once by this stupid scholars mate man its sooooo bad hey  X [ Xbigboy i'll call u X frm now ok ? ] do u know a way to block this scholars mate ?

  • 9 years ago · Quote · #2


    Great if it works, but as illustrated in the second sequence, it's failure leads to a horrible position for the player attempting to mate.
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #3


    1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Qh5 g6

     As long as their pawn is not covered, you can attack it with your queen, following up by taking their rook.  I used this in a regional tournament and was able to decimate the entire kingside. 


  • 9 years ago · Quote · #4


    another thing to do is if they do b6 and then if the knight wasn't there then you can take the pawn with check and then the rook
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #5


    with your queen out early it gives you an advantage over someone who keeps it as their last peice
  • 9 years ago · Quote · #6


    Hmm. Scholars Mate? I thought this was Fools Mate. Is that something entirely different?



  • 9 years ago · Quote · #7


    These were the moves I used to use all the time, but it is not worth it anymore. The amount of times I win with it are nothing comared to the amount of times I've lost because of it.
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #8


    theres scholars

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #9


    fools mate is when white moves g4 and f3 (pawn moves) allowing a bishop or the queen to checkmate along the e1 h4 diagonal.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #10


    I just got caught by this. Of course I blundered with Bg7 rather than move Nf6 which is what did me in. Really sucks to get caught with your pants down like that.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #11


    This trick is pretty simply and easy to prevent, has become very well-known to everyone, except I sometimes miscalculated by the messy of my chess men standing around, covering the very small mate squares which very hard to spot and could somehow prepetual prevent.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #12


    to risky for my likes

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #13


    you never get caught twice, you,ll remember.

  • 8 years ago · Quote · #14


    My cousin got caught a couple of times by Scholar's mate. Then I took pity on him and showed him how to block it.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #15


    I encountered this for the first time on and fell for it-usually you don't have to worry about king safety so soon!  It is indeed easily countered though, got my revenge in a rematch.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #16


    what the ...

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #17


    I used to use this mate when i would play lower opponents, but i always moved my queen to f3. It does basically the same thing.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #18


    there are actually many ways of this kind of mate..!!!

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #19


    I got beaten with something similar to this today. Glad to know what to look for next time.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #20


    experience is always the best teacher

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