Chess is a game that makes you feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of possible moves. If you are new to the game, that many possibilities make you feel extremely uncertain about winning a game of chess. In most games, after each player has made about thirty moves, one of them emerges victorious. However, if one of the players is inexperienced a game of chess can end way faster. The truth is that you can win in chess in 4 moves.
The way to win in chess in 4 moves is the so-called scholar’s mate. Scholar’s mate is a great technique to use against someone who is learning the game and has played only a few games. The moves of the scholar’s mate are described below. Also, you will find a lot of information on this website about tactics and reviews about chess products.
Scholar’s Mate Moves
The scholar’s mate is done by using the White pieces. You can do the same moves with the black pieces but this technique is usually presented with the white pieces.
Typical Ways to Stop the Scholar’s Mate and their Solutions
The 4 move checkmate can be avoided in numerous ways. In some of those cases, there are solutions and on some of them, it’s safer to cancel the attack and try to beat your opponent in a different way.
Black Knight at h6
Black can respond 3….Nh6. You can notice that it creates a serious problem because the pawn at f7 is protected by the Knight and the Knight is protected by the pawn at g7 (see the animation below).
Black Pawn at g6
Moving a pawn at g6 is a great way to stop the scholar’s mate when Queen is at h5.
Black Knight at f6
That is a really good move for the Black and really bad for the White who is trying the scholar’s mate (see the animation below).
Black Queen at e7
Moving the black Queen at e7 is an excellent way to stop the scholar’s mate. It will be better not to use this technique if this happens. See what will happen if White makes the mistake.
Should you Use the Scholar’s Mate?
It’s obvious that even an average player could easily avoid the 4 move checkmate. These moves work against an opponent who is making his first steps in the world of chess. Therefore, you have to know how your opponent plays and then make a decision about how you are going to play. I believe you can use the 4 move mate on:
- any person who is rarely playing chess and hasn’t ever properly practiced
- a player who is copying your moves in the opening (as long as you are the White)
However, each player has to know some basic principles in chess. The only way to make sure that you know everything you need to know is to study a course or a book. I have some recommendations later in this articles.
How the 4 Move Checkmate Helped me Win a Week Ago
About a week ago, I played against a young promising player on a local chess club. He was playing well and it wasn’t an easy game. After each player has made about 15 moves, I decided to create a trap, inspired by the scholar’s mate (see the animation).
You might never use the scholar’s mate but it’s certain that you will find interesting lessons by analyzing these moves. It is extremely important to know this type of checkmate because if you don’t know ways to beat the opponent you will never win.
Recommended Books and Courses
Against intermediate or better players the scholar’s mate won’t work. So, if openings seem difficult to you then you should practice on them. After some research, I have selected some books that will help you a lot.
- Discovering Chess Openings: Building Opening Skills from Basic Principles
- FCO: Fundamental Chess Openings
- Winning Chess Openings
- Modern Chess Openings
If you don’t like reading, there are video courses that will give you condensed knowledge and not unnecessary information. If you are struggling to win in chess, it’s a great way to rapidly improve your skills and learn your mistakes from the courses’ exercises. You can check out the following courses.
Feel free to check my other articles about openings and reviews of chess sets. If you are interested in beginner tactics then you should take a look at my articles on the double attack and pin in chess. I hope that you have found value in this article and have learned everything you need to know about this kind of checkmate. If this article was helpful, it would mean a lot to me if you shared and comment on this article. Enjoy chess!