Among one of the most simple strategies to effectively win a game of chess is by using what has become known as the "fool's mate". While execution of this strategy can oftentimes be a brutal impossibility, especially when your opponent is a well-refined and established chess player, this method can be used really quite effectively against new or novice players. Caution should be had, however, because if you are actually teaching someone how to play chess, conducting this strategy immediately can offer a very demoralizing blow to your vulnerable opponent.

Things You Will Need

A Chess Board
Chess Pieces
An Inexperienced Opponent

Step 1

In order to effectively execute a "fool's mate", against an inexperienced opponent, a few assumptions have to be immediately made. Unfortunately, with 'assumptions' will come the risk of you, yourself, being tricked by an opponent who bluffed in their lack of skill or ability. Before attempting to conduct this move or strategy, you MUST know that your opponent is inexperienced to the degree that he/she may not be familiar with the "fool's mate".

Step 2

Optimal execution of the "Fool's Mate" will require you to allow your opponent the first move of the game. In accordance with the rules of chess, in order to do this, you will have to allow your opponent to be the 'white' army on the board (since, the 'white' army generally takes the first move). As false sense of security could easily be had, especially if your opponent is a true novice chess player, and this ignorance can be exploited in order to lure your opponent into a quick Check mate trap.

Step 3

In order to execute the "Fool's Mate", your opponent must first either move their pawn on the King's biship side one space, or move their pawn on the King's knight side one space. Either of these movements, by your opponent, will set you up perfectly for execution of the "Fool's Mate" strategy in chess. Unfortunately, underestimating your opponent, or assuming that he/she is a novice or inexperience, when, in fact, he/she is not, could cause your next move to reveal the fact that you had every intent to exploit them with a "Fool's Mate".

Step 4

With your black King's pawn in hand, at this step, you can move it either one or two space ahead. While most people choose to move two spaces ahead, moving it one space will free up the chess board block required to move your bishop or queen in order to conduct a "fool's mate" in the game of chess.

Step 5

Wait for your opponent to make his next move. An experienced player, at this point, will never conduct another of the previous mentioned moves. If your opponent does move the other option of the previous mentioned moves (King's knight pawn two spaces or King's bishop pawn up a space), this movement decision will place you one move away from conducting an effective 'Fool's Mate'.

Step 6

For the final step in this Info Barrel article, you will now proceed to move your queen 4 spaces, diagonally, to your King's rook side. With this move, called "Fool's Mate", you will surprise your opponent and end the chess game nearly as soon as it started. Your opponent's king will be placed into "Check-mate" because your king will be in a direct line of attack, and no other pieces are capable of moving to his aid. In order to succeed with a "Fool's Mate", you will have to rely significantly on the assumption that your opponent will not only make one mistake, but will also make a second mistake. Few experienced professional players will make this mistake. This can be an overall great potential benefit to always allowing your opponent the first move in a chess game.

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