How to Beat Someone in Chess in Four Moves





Introduction: How to Beat Someone in Chess in Four Moves

About: This profile is comprised of the instructions written by my Composition 101 students. The assignment was intent to get them thinking about how to explain and teach how to complete a given process to a group...

This is not an exact science and will not always work but is a way to end a game in a quick fashion. This Instructable implies that you already know how to play chess or at least no how to move each individual piece as it is supposed to operate. It will involve your queen, bishop and moving a single pawn out of the way. I would also not suggest this against particularly skilled players because they will most definitely see the move coming and it will put your queen at risk.

Step 1: Make It Easier for You

Because many chess pieces and boards differ from each other I will show my pieces so as to ease some possible confusion on which piece is which.

Step 2: The Actual Play

Now to actually show you how to do the described moves

Step 3: A Final Note

I would like to give a final reminder that although this maneuver is fun it is NOT full proof and can most definitely fail. Enjoy any future games of chess, and I hope that this will help you do so.



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    i love your board its beautiful. it looks like 100% marble...where did u get it?

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    I happen to have the same board and love it. Bought mine from a road side vendor in Mexico back in 1997 for $20 USD. Wish I knew more about it.

    Sorry, No. Fool's mate is two moves, not 4.

    I love how every movie you see and they're playing chess people always do this and succeed. Then I always feel like: gosh couldnt you have come up with something slightly better, even kids knows this.

    Nice, but any chess player better than novice standard knows this move and it makes your queen vulnerable.

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    I am aware that this is a well known move set but the only time you ever really want to end a match this fast is when your facing someone who you consider novice and not much fun anyway. I suggested many times in my instructable that anyone truly skilled will see this coming. again i would suggest this only if your in a hurry or trying to show off to some novice newbie players.

    Sorry, but as a full time professional in chess, It is NOT a good idea to EVER try to use this against ANYone!

    OK, sorry. Good reply!

    Yeah its fine and thanks for the remark

    yeah, there's a reason it's called "fools mate"

    This is NOT the set to use! ALSO you should be emphatic that you should NOT try to make this checkmate as the skill level required, to make you regret it is quite low.

    SO to be constructive use a standard plastic or wood set of Staunton design, and consider using standard style chess diagrams. This is NOT the fools mate, it is called the Scholars mate because you only see this between young kid beginners at school. It should be highly discouraged! It prevents beginners from learning proper openings.

    even with your legend explaining pieces this is hard to follow. they all look the same

    Um, hello, just about everything dealing with chess IS old and unoriginal. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Checkmate is still checkmate.

    Easy to block but gets old and not original

    Simple to negate for those who play often and are a little more switched on. Although its incredibly fun to use on noobs, especially if they happen to be playing in a regional chess tournament at the time.

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    This is a very easy to block, and will basically only work against a total noob. But very effective against the noobs.

    Nice job. I look forward to trying this the next time I play.

    For those curious on how to counter this, there are 3 different single moves to prevent a checkmate with this play.

    First is to move one's knight to H6.
    Second is to move forward the pawn under attack.
    Third is to block the bishop with any piece.