If you want to prove to your friends that you're the king or queen of chess, then you’ll want to have some aces up your sleeve.

One of the best ways to demonstrate your chess iq and prove that you know what you’re doing is to master one of the quick-win strategies.

Yes, you read that right, there are multiple chess moves and strategies which can lead to victory in four or fewer turns.

It sounds too good to be true - and it is in some ways - but it’s certainly possible!

Unlike some things like chess skills and knowledge of chess rules though there are several factors that you can’t guarantee, such as luck and some naivety on your opponent’s part.

After all, it takes two to tango so you can’t pull off a quick-win strategy without a lay up from your opponent.

Curious about the 3-move strategy and others?

Ok good, let’s take a look at several such strategies in depth.

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Winning in 3 moves will make you feel like a king. Source: Unsplash
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3-move Strategy

The 3-move strategy is a daring tactic that could pay off or backfire, so fingers crossed you get lucky when you attempt it!

It’s also worth mentioning that this is a chess maths strategy that is designed for the white player, so if you start out as black, you can’t do it.

The good news though is that if you do start as black, you have access to an even better strategy - Fool’s Mate!

Fool’s Mate can win you the game in just two moves, and we’ll take a look at it later.

Step 1

The opening chess moves are crucial to pulling off this strategy successfully.

For the first move in the 3-move strategy, you have to move your pawn up to the e4 position.

What does this do?

Well, quite simply it opens up a diagonal path for your Queen, which will be crucial to sealing the victory later on.

Bear in mind that throughout the execution of this strategy, especially if everything goes according to plan, you need to put on your best poker face.The worst thing you can do is give the game away with a smirk or smile which will put your opponent on high alert for what you might be attempting to do.

To successfully pull off the strategy you’re going to need a lot to go in your favor, so don’t give your opponent anything to work with.

Their First Move

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To pull off the strategy you'll need some assistance from your opponent. Source: Unsplash

To know if your strategy is going to work, you have to pay attention to your opponent’s opening move.

You want them to move their pawn two spaces forwards up to f5, so that it is within capturing distance of your pawn.

You might wonder what could possibly possess someone to make this sacrificial move, but it could be part of their master plan.

Their strategy might involve baiting you to take their pawn to open up the board for one of their pieces, you never know.

So just because you will get to take this pawn, you should remain vigilant.

If your strategy doesn’t go to plan, you’ll need to react based on the moves they’ve already made so pay close attention and don’t get too absorbed in pulling off your 3-move victory.

Step 2

Now it’s your turn to take their pawn and take the first decisive action of the game.

Once you capture their pawn at f5, you need to hope that your opponent makes their next mistake of the game with the following move.

Ideally, capturing their pawn will provoke them to move up another one of their pawns, which is when you’ll have your opportunity to seal the victory.

Their Second Move

The second move you want your opponent to make - and the one which will seal their fate - is to move their pawn up to g5.

When they do this, your pawn will be to the left of theirs, and there will be a blank space to the right of their pawn.

This blank space, h5, is the key position if you want this strategy to work.

Provided you managed the previous moves in the strategy, it’s a space that will open up and allow you to move your Queen diagonally.

Step 3

Take your Queen (you can allow yourself a slight smile as you make this move) and drop it on the h5 tile which should be free.

At this point, it’s too late for your opponent to react - you have the game won.

With your Queen in the h5 position, you will put the opponent’s King into check, and there’s nothing they can do to get out of it, which means it’s checkmate.

They can move their King, yes, but only in the direction of your Queen which of course won’t help matters.

They can also try to block off the movement of your Queen, but they won’t be able to successfully do so as they have no pieces capable of moving to the f7 and g6 tiles.

Other Quick-win Strategies

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Winning in three moves isn't the only way to get a quick victory. Source: Unsplash

The 3-move strategy is impressive, but it’s only open to you if you happen to start the game with the white pieces.

So what happens if you start off with black?

Don’t worry, if you start off as black, you have an even better strategy available to you: Fool’s Mate.

Fool’s Mate

Fool’s Mate is a two-move strategy that is intended to hand you the victory in as few as two moves.

As we’ve already mentioned, you’ll need to start off as black if this strategy is to work, and you’ll be waiting for your opponent to start the game with a bad move.

As such, just like with the 3-move strategy, there’s a certain element of luck and naivety involved with this strategy. It’s by no means guaranteed, since you need your opponent to trip up not once, but twice.

As you can imagine, an experienced chess player isn’t likely to slip up multiple times, plus they’ll likely be very familiar with the strategy.

Still, if the opening arises then it’d be foolish not to give this strategy a go!

So how do you pull off Fool’s Mate?

Opponent’s First Move

You’ll know if the Fool’s Mate strategy is on the table if your opponent makes a specific first move.

So what’s the move?

If your opponent starts the game by moving their pawn up two spaces to the f4 position, then it’s on!

Why?

Because by moving the King Pawn forward like this, the white King is susceptible to the diagonal channel.

This will come in useful very soon.

Step 1

For your first move, you’ll want to move your pawn up to e6.

This might seem like an odd first move, but the reason you’d want to do this is to free up your Queen.

As you’ll notice as soon as you make this move, your Queen will be able to move diagonally to the left, which just so happens to be the same diagonal that the opponent’s King will be on.

Do you see where this is going?

Opponent’s Second Move

The next mistake you’re relying on from your opponent is pawn to g4.

If they make this move, it will prove fatal for their chances of winning the game.

Moving their pawn up to g4 will fully expose their King, and should be the signal for you to attack and secure the victory with your Queen.

Step 2

To seal the deal, all that’s left to do is move your Queen up to h4.

By doing this, you will of course put the opponent’s King in check.

But as your opponent will soon realise, it’s actually checkmate, since there’s nothing they can do to stop you from winning at this point.

Once the embarrassment has passed, if they’re gracious they might even congratulate you on pulling off such a quick victory.

We wouldn’t bank on this response, though, since nobody likes losing to chess. Especially if they lose to a strategy known as ‘Fool’s Mate’.

Don’t be surprised if they decline your request for a rematch as they go back to the drawing board!

This is one of the biggest problems with this strategy, though, once you catch someone out with it once it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll beat them with it again.

Plus, it’s a strategy that is very well known in the world of chess, so if your opponent has a small amount of experience then they should quickly recognise the pattern and react to it.

The quick-win strategies sound like cheat codes for chess, but really, they aren’t likely to win you many more games.

Sure, you might catch a family member or friend out with Fool’s Mate, but beyond that, it’s not a very useful strategy.

However, knowing different openings is always a good idea in chess, since it can help you build other strategies. So even if your opponent doesn’t fall into the Fool’s Mate trap, you might still be able to develop the opening of the strategy into another winning strategy.

On top of that, there are plenty of health benefits associated with playing chess so what's the harm in practising with this new strategy?

 

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