Introduction: How to Beat Someone in Chess in Four Moves

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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

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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

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Now to actually show you how to do the described moves

Step 3: A Final Note

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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.


sweetpea17 (author)2015-07-25

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

StephenL57 (author)sweetpea172016-05-22

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.

Pazzerz (author)2009-12-15

This is called 'fool's checkmate'.

TedB21 (author)Pazzerz2016-01-22

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

mwicen (author)2015-07-03

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.

jamiec53 (author)2009-12-16

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

Comp101 (author)jamiec532009-12-16

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!

jamiec53 (author)Comp1012009-12-18

OK, sorry. Good reply!

Comp101 (author)jamiec532010-01-22

Yeah its fine and thanks for the remark

fusion (author)jamiec532010-01-11

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

chris.goldthorpe.73 (author)2015-01-18

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.

ben.samborski.5 (author)2014-08-20

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

kinggargantuan (author)2013-02-08

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

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2011-12-01

Easy to block but gets old and not original

farsight89 (author)2011-01-20

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.

ha nice one lol i will try that sometime :)

Deathcapt (author)2010-09-21

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

algar32 (author)2010-05-03

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

icecoldcelt (author)2010-03-12

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.

DJ Radio (author)2009-12-14

I know how to win in 2 moves.  Your first move is to move the pawn in front of the right bishop 2 spaces.  Then if your opponent moves the pawn in front of the queen 1 or 2 spaces, scoot your queen diagonally to the edge of the board.  You will then have a diagonal path to the king, and your opponent's king will be boxed in by his own pieces.

cammel8 (author)DJ Radio2009-12-17

Actually you are correct on on the fact of a two move check mate but it is very unlikely.

To get a cm in two moves first you have to be the second to go you cannot go first.

Second he has to move his pieces in a totally unnatural way.  But here it is for sake of argument and to prove you are right.  

His first move has to move either the kings bishop pawn (kbp) one move forward (he could also move it two spaces it doent matter he just has to move it out of the way) or his kings knight pawn (kkp) two moves forward (this one has to be moved the two spaces).

Lets say he moves his kbp one forward.  Then your first move would be to move your  kings pawn out of the way of the queen.  So either two or one doesn't matter.

Then they move their other pawn in this case it would be the kkp forward two.  
Now just move your queen diagonal to the edge of the board and check mate in two moves.  

The pawns are out of the way and cannot block. The bishop can only move to the one open space whink id kings knight two were the original kkp was which doesn't block or capture. The knight can only move to one open space (unless he moved the kbp two forward in the first move then the knight could also go to the kb3 position but still wouldn't block or capture) and the knight would be one forward of the queen in the kings castle 3 position and cannot block or capture the queen. The remaining pawn can only move forward one and it wont help any.  The castle is blocked in, and the king cannot move. Check and mate.

So you were on the right track but like I said it is so rare it is almost impossible to get.  Although I have used this move in a game one time it was not within the first two moves.  It ended up later in the game and I believe it was my pieces not their pawns doing the blocking for me.  

This move is very hard to force where the four move check mate is easier to force, although very easy to counter just by moving your kings night in out in front of the castle pawn.

As stated earlier it is well known and easily counter-able, however whenever I am teaching anyone chess I teach them both moves so they can easily notice and counter them.  Matter of fact the 4 move one is one of the moves I use to teach check mate, and rather affectively.  They are so simplistic that anyone learning chess can understand and see what checkmate means.

So yes, it is possible in two moves but very unlikely.

Seth (author)DJ Radio2009-12-16

If you move the pawn in front of the queen, you won't  be able to move her diagonally in the next move. So either you move the pawn to the left of the queen (C2) hoping that the opponent will move exactly the queen pawn, or it takes more than 2 moves. That is not considering that the opponent could just stop the check by moving the queen one space forward (leaving his queen guarded by the king and the bishop and yours in the open field) or the pawn in front of the queen side bishop (C7).

Even if you try to attack on the other side (moving E2 and hoping the opponent moves F7), but even this can be stopped moving G7.

DJ Radio (author)Seth2009-12-16

I said RIGHT BISHOP, not Queen.  In that case, if he moves the queen to block the king's path, I capture it with my own queen and the checkmate still stands.

Except that the opponent could move:

F7 to F6
G7 to G5
G8 to F6
F8 to E7
E8 to E7

I dont even play chess. Do you?

Can you just replace that with part names and the number of spaces in what direction they moved?

I haven't played chess in so long lol.  I did play chess a month or 2 back, after about a few years of not playing.  Surprisingly, I still won.

NicOmbra (author)2009-12-16

 Oh my gosh!!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!

Comp101 (author)NicOmbra2009-12-16

I'm glad I could help you out.

Browncoat (author)2009-12-14

THANK YOU!!!!  I've heard soooooooo many times there's a way to win in 4 moves, but no one ever showed me! :)

Comp101 (author)Browncoat2009-12-16

I'm glad I could help.

Sexy Chickens (author)2009-12-16

I really like your chess playing abilities. Maybe we should "play" sometime.

lemonie (author)2009-12-15

You only moved white, this really needs some reasonable moves for black too. Try with anyone moderately skilled and you'll find yourself disadvantaged by a poor opening.


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