Chess Opening Theory/1. f3/1...e5/2. g4??/2...Qh4

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Fool's 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)


Moves: 1.f3 e5 2. g4 Qh4

Barnes Opening/Fool's Mate[edit]

2... Qh4#[edit]

White has played a very poor move and allowed Black the quickest possible checkmate – Fool's Mate – in the opening game of chess: Mate in two moves. The mate almost never occurs in practice but is commonly known among chess players, due to it being the fastest possible checkmate.

A variation of this mate occurs when White advances the f-pawn two squares: 1. f4 e6 2. g4 Qh4#. White can also move his g-pawn before the f-pawn.

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