Introduction: How to Do a Checkmate in Only a Few Moves (chess)

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Short tutorial on how to do: the Légal trap

the Scholar's mate

the Fool's mate.

Step 1: Short Summary of How the Pieces Can Move (in Case You Don't Play)

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Here's a short summary of how all the pieces can move:

1. The Rook, this is the piece in the corner. It can move as far as it wants, but only horizontally and vertically. (2)

2. The Knight, this is the horse next to the rook. It can move to the closest square that isn't on its vertical, horizontal or diagonal axis. This creates an L-shape (2 horizontal/vertical, 1 diagonal). It also can leap over other pieces. (2)

3. The Bishop, this peace is the 3rth of the bottom row. It can move as far as it wants, but only diagonally. (2)

4. The Queen, this peace is the left of the middle 2. It can move in any direction for as far as it wants. It is the most of value. (1)

5. The King, this peace is the right of the middle 2. It can move in any direction, but for only one square. This peace is the one you'll be targeting/protecting.

Step 2: The Légal Trap

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This checkmate is a more complicated one compared to the others. It is less known and, because of that, more effective. It involves getting your Knights on the 5th row (d5, e5) and your bishop close to the king (f7). When it was first used, Légal also made a trap with his queen, to lure the enemy's bishop away. The original consisted of 8, but it can be done in 7 moves.

Step 3: The Scholar's Mate

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This is probably the most well known of all three. It consists of bringing your queen to f7 via h5 (or my preference: f3, to make it less recognisable). You bring your bishop to c4. If your opponent didn't use any of the countermoves (not very likely) you win!!! It can be done in 4 moves.

Step 4: The Fool's Mate

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This one's pretty simple, but can't be used very much. You can do it when your opponent places the pawn on f2 to f3 and the pawn on g2 to g4. Now you can get your queen to h4 and BOOM checkmate.

Step 5: Ending

Good luck defeating your opponents with these quick checkmates


VedD4 (author)2017-01-25


venkat1822005 (author)2016-05-11


venkat1822005 (author)2016-05-11

i can beat my sister in chess cool and hot

JayJ15 (author)2016-04-21

Very cool

BarakP (author)2016-04-06

All these tactics are nice, but it would work on amateurs only. as a chess player, i can tell that if someone would attempt to beat me by doing these moves, he's likely to lose.

newjorik (author)BarakP2016-04-06

Like I already statet with the Scholar's mate, the chance that a good opponent would fall for it isn't very likely.

supernoodle2014 (author)2016-04-05

The animation on step 3 isn't working right for me, but other then that good job.

newjorik (author)supernoodle20142016-04-06

thanks, it didn't get uploaded well. I'll fix it.

Sean545454 (author)2016-04-05

There is a to move checkmate. Know it?

newjorik (author)Sean5454542016-04-06

yeah that's the last one, the fool's mate. It indeed has only 2 moves if you're black. If you're white, 3.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-04-06

nice effort, finally have a tactic to beat the old man now lol

ThomasK19 (author)2016-04-05

I did beat my father two times in a row with a fool's mate. He never played chess again with me. So be careful with that xD

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