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[ Counter Strategy For The Scholars Mate ]


Keyword Query: Counter Strategy For The Scholars Mate
Interpretation:
You want to know how to defend against White's attempt to Win, using the Scholar's Mate sequence.

Scholar's Mate is a VERY FAST Winning sequence, for White ... If played exactly, White will Win in 4 Moves!

The following video shows Scholar's Mate:

PGN

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "New game"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "7"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Qh5 Nf6 4. Qxf7# 1-0

Scholar's Mate - Counter Strategy

If you're going to be countering Scholar's Mate, you'll be controlling Black's army.

I've explored this sequence in Fritz 12 and the best Strategy for dealing with the threat of Scholar's Mate, appears to be to recognize the error of playing:

  • 2. ... Bc5

... Playing that move allows White's Queen to nip up to h5 (3. Qh5), to place Black in REAL trouble.

Instead of playing 2. ... Bc5, a better move would be:

  • 2. ... g6

Advancing your Black Pawn to g6 would put an immediate stop to White's hopes of 3. Qh5, as the following clip shows:

PGN

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "New game"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[PlyCount "4"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 g6 *

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