Chess Opening Theory/1. f4/1...e5/2. g4/2...Qh4

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Fools Mate
a b c d e f g h
8 a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position in Forsyth-Edwards Notation(FEN)

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Moves: 1.f4 e5 2. g4 Qh4

Bird's Opening/Fool's Mate[edit]

2...Qh4#[edit]

White has played a very poor move and allowed Black the quickest possible checkmate in the opening game of chess. Mate in two moves. The mate almost never occurs in practice but is commonly known among chess players because it is the fastest possible.

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References[edit]

  • Batsford Chess Openings 2 (1989, 1994). Garry Kasparov, Raymond Keene. ISBN 0-8050-3409-9.