Introduction: How to Win a Chess Game in 2 Moves

Sometimes, you just want to win a game of chess quickly.

While that is usually impossible, all you need to win a chess game in 2 moves is a board, pieces, and a willing ( or bad-at-chess) friend.

You will have start off as the black side to start.

Step 1: Your Opponent Makes His/Her First Move

Your opponent moves pawn to f4 on his/her first move. Not a great starting move, but not a bad one either.

Step 2: Your 1rst Move

You move your pawn to e6, to open up your queen.

Step 3: Your Opponent Slips-Up

Your opponent has moved pawn to g4, opening up the right file for attack. A poor move.

Step 4: Checkmate!

By moving your queen to H4, you have put the king in check, but there is no where to go and no piece to block check with. Checkmate!

Congratulations, you have officially won a game of chess in 2 moves


smileydude3 made it!(author)2017-06-12

Very nice but it only works if the other player makes some certian moves...

haohmaru made it!(author)2017-05-11

I will move the white pawn from H2 to H4 to kill your queen

OliviagLBBH made it!(author)2017-05-30

You can only capture diagonally with pawns.

increddibelly made it!(author)2017-05-12

The queen will just shrug it off.

haohmaru made it!(author)2017-05-15


rafununu made it!(author)2017-05-11

A well known openning that won't work against a chess player.

author made it!(author)2017-03-10

If your opponent is smart and you actually do this move he or she could counter it with his/her knight and if your stupid enough to attack that knight ...well... your most valuable piece (Queen) just got screwed

X1678 made it!(author)2017-05-10

Your opponent won't be able to perform a move, as once he is in this position he is in fact in checkmate. If you look closely, the knight can't actually block the check placed on the king.

Andrewh422 made it!(author)2017-02-20

Thank you now I can beat my dad at chess

technologydecoding42 made it!(author)2016-07-18

Thanks I will beat my grandfather with this info.

robot+bx-31 made it!(author)2016-04-24

WOW it is so great I beat my frined four times but he hasn't learned the trick! Great job!

boatingman made it!(author)2016-01-13

I haven't seen a fool's mate in decades. Good job of explaining it.

Microblaster made it!(author)2016-01-14

A fools mate is 3 moves. This must be called an itiots mate.

boatingman made it!(author)2016-01-14

Actually, no. The fool's mate is also known as the two-move checkmate. I learned this ploy about 50 years ago.

ThomasK19 made it!(author)2016-01-14

I remember having this played with my father two times in turn and he did not get it. We never played chess again later.

LarryReedman made it!(author)2016-01-14

So your Father started as white for both games?

ThomasK19 made it!(author)2016-01-14

Yes, he did. He was quite angry loosing two times that fast against his son :-/

DErick2373 made it!(author)2016-01-14

By moving your queen to H4... is it the king you moved?

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