Thursday, November 3, 2011

Checkmate: Five Quick Fool's Mates for White

Checkmates! We love them. Fool's Mate is a type of checkmate early in the game where the losing king is trapped on its original square. The mate comes on the diagonal from h1-e1 or h5-e8. Here are five quick wins I had over the years.

My opponent told me that he had a plan, but he never got a chance to carry it out. It is obvious that he intended to put all his pawns on the dark squares. The next game he went for the light squares, but that game was not a Fool's Mate.
Sawyer-dragonmaster555552000 begins 1.Nc3 h6 2.e4 g5 3.d4 f6
4.Qh5# 1-0

Black sacrifices a pawn. White sacrifices a bishop.
Sawyer-dede begins 1.d4 g5 2.Bxg5 f6 3.e4 fxg5
4.Qh5# 1-0

In this line as Black I prefer 2...e5 or 2...d5.
Sawyer-luisongo2345 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 g5 3.Bxg5 f5
4.Qh5# 1-0

A very fast win for a Symmetrical Bird's Opening.
Sawyer-dincogan begins 1.f4 f5 2.e4 g6 3.exf5 gxf5
4.Qh5# 1-0

Black does best to accept the Staunton Gambit with 2...dxe4.
Sawyer-northchess3 begins 1.d4 f5 2.e4 g6 3.exf5 gxf5
4.Qh5# 1-0

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  1. My favourite (which I actually had in a casual game) was 1.e4 g5 2.d4 (attacking the g5-pawn) 2...f6 (defending the pawn, but overlooking...) 3.Qh5#.

    1. Yes, a very natural way to play a cautious but terrible move. I suppose a more aggressive approach would be 2...f5?