Scholar's Mate:
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Scholar's Mate
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Famous Checkmates - Scholars MateThis quick chess game achieves Mate in 4 Moves.

Scholar's Mate sees Black attempting to threaten White's Queen, but totally missing the threat to Black's King by White's Queen, who is backed-up by her King's Bishop to secure this
"4 Move Checkmate".

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Scholar's Mate
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  • Move 1,
    [Timeline, 0:09],
    White starts with the advance of his King's Pawn to e4 ... Black mirrors that by moving his to e5.

  • Move 2,
    [Timeline, 0:16],
    White's King-side Bishop take up position on c4 (this is key to White eventually winning this game) ... Black's response is to move his King-side Bishop to sit safely facing White's Bishop, on c5.

  • Move 3,
    [Timeline, 0:26],
    White's Queen emerges to take up her pre-mating move, by positioning onto h5 ... Black, seeing what he thinks is the direct threat, understandably - but also unwittingly - brings out his King-side kNight to f6 and threatens White's Queen.

    Unfortunately, that's all part of White's Trap:

  • Move 4,
    [Timeline, 0:34],
    White's Queen captures (x) Black's f7 Pawn and, because of the back-up provided by White's Bishop - on c4 - it's also Checkmate (#).

    White's Victory (1-0).

  1. e4 ... e5
  2. Bc4 ... Bc5
  3. Qh5 ... Nf6
  4. Qxf7#
  5. 1-0

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