Everyone hears about Fools Mate and Scholar's Mate when they start off playing chess. You've started to learn some strategy
, let's talk about some quick checkmates. People will say to you that they know this great way to win a game of chess in two moves or in four moves.
Well it's true, it's perfectly possible. You can win or lose a chess game in two moves or in four moves. It must be said that in order to lose like this you must play some very weak moves. These ploys are easy to defend against and to prevent.
I'm going to show you the two move game, Fools Mate and the four move game, Scholar's Mate. After today you should never be beaten this way.
I hope you are now immune to the 'dangers' of these primitive tactics. Don't let me down by falling victim to them. You can see both of these mates analyzed in detail
You really shouldn't be tempted to play Scholar's Mate by the lure of quick and easy wins. You don't learn anything new by repeating the sequence over and over again. You'll win a few games in four moves. So what? It's a poor opening and if Black responds properly you will be on the end of a hiding.
These lessons are a strategy primer. Think of your investigation of these basic mating procedures as your first tentative steps along the learning curve of basic checkmates