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Keyword Query: Killer Chess Opening
You want to see examples where Checkmate is secured very early - so early that it happens before the Opening phase has ended.

Checkmate Moves - Killer Chess Opening - GraphicWhether they're battles between seasoned pros, or amongst the masses of standard, casual players; it's fair to say, the majority of games people play, will feature the same three Phases:

  1. Opening
  2. Middlegame
  3. Endgame

However, there are times when games can be Won - and indeed have been won - while still in, what is considered as, the Opening Phase.

Each Killer Chess Opening, on this page, is a well-known and documented example of Checkmate in the Opening. Here, you'll see one example each of Checkmate Opening victories for White's army, then Black's army, respectively ...

Checkmate Opening Win for White
From: Bird's Opening

Here's how the Caro-Kann Defence can lead to a Checkmate Win for White, in the Opening phase:

[Event "Checkmate Opening - Caro-Kann Defence (#3)"]
[Date "2012.02.01"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "25"]

1. e4 c6 {Caro-Kann Defence} 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Ne5 Bh7 8. Qh5 g6 9. Bc4 e6 10. Qe2 Nf6 11. Nxf7 Kxf7 12. Qxe6+ Kg7 13. Qf7# 1-0

Checkmate Opening Win for Black
From: Bird's Opening

Here's how Bird's Opening can lead to a Checkmate Win for Black, in the Opening phase:

[Event "Checkmate Opening - Bird's Opening"]
[Date "2012.02.02"]
[White "?"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "10"]

1. f4 {Bird's Opening} e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6 4. Nf3 g5 5. h3 Bg3# 0-1

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