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Winning a Game of Chess in Just Four Moves

Updated on December 12, 2010

Are you new to the game of chess? If so learning this simple four move check mate will improve your game. Remember, when using these moves use caution, as an experienced player will almost certainly realize what you are doing and take advantage of the vulnerabilities this attack will create. However if your opponent is new to the game, chances are you will be able to catch him in this lightning check mate.

The purpose of learning this attack is to help you learn to recognize your opponents weak square. In every chess position, there is a weakness. The key to winning is finding and expoiting that weakness.

What does a chess weakness look like? Well using this example we will look at the weakness that all players start out with. Look at the diagram below. This is the opening position of a game of chess. Notice that there is one pawn on the board that is defended by only one piece and provides direct access to the King.

This spot is the weakness. If you could get a piece to that square and defend it, victory will be yours.

In order to make this attack you need to be playing as the white pieces. Remember, your goal is to attack the weak square, make your moves with that goal in mind. Your first move should be one that opens up lines of attack for your king side bishop (whites squares) and your Queen. There are only two moves that will accomplish this simultaneously. Both of which involve moving the King’s Pawn. You can move the King’s Pawn forward one or two places. This will accomplish your ends. For the simulation I have chosen to move the King’s Pawn forward two spaces.

Your opponent will likely respond by moving their own King’s Pawn to meet your advance.

Next, move your bishop into position to threaten the weak square.

Black makes his response.

Finally move your Queen into position to threaten the weak pawn. Your trap is set, if black does not respond correctly now, his fate is sealed. 

Black fails to recognize the immanent danger.

Blacks King is the only piece that can take the Queen. But the Queen is defended by the bishop! Checkmate!

This attack will generally work against an inexperienced player. However, if you are up against someone who has been playing for awhile they may defeat you by defending their weakness better and blocking your lines of attack with other better defended pieces. It is important that you do not try and use this attack against a better player as it will leave you over extended and open to attack. What you can take from this attack is recognizing weakness’s in your opponents attack. As a game goes on, look for weaknesses similar to the ones shown above. If you can find them and exploit them, your game will greatly improve. 


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      5 years ago

      huh! already figured that out a long time ago!!

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      Howard S. 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas, and Asia

      I haven't played chess in years because it can become a time waster for me, but I actually started a Chess Club in college.

      I've used this strategy on rookies, but it's not that satisfying because it doesn't teach them anything. And if they're better than you thought, then you're overexposed, out of position and playing defense.

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      Jane 7 years ago

      The trick described in the Hub above is taught to newcomers who have barely started playing Chess. An average person with 6 months playing experience will see through this trick and beat the odds out of it. My suggestion for learning more about Chess would be simply to register at sites like and play real games against real people.

      P.S. I learnt Chess when I was 9 years old. I know how easy it is to not only avoid such silly tricks but also how to launch deadly counter attacks which will paralyze the opposition. Nowadays, I play Chess online.

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      JASON NICHOLS 7 years ago

      Congrats for winning and comming first in the weekly hubwannabe In the catogery "Games,Toys and Hobbies". You did deserve to win friend.

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      Danette Watt 7 years ago from Illinois

      Enjoyed your hub! I haven't played chess in years but did a little while I was growing up.

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      GamerKyleX 7 years ago

      Awesome trick Man

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. My husband and I have been playing chess every morning for a couple of years. Lately he has been beating me, so maybe it's time for a surprise attack. I can't wait to try it.


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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Bookmarked to study and do! LOL

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To vote for the Hubnuggets:

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Although I am not a chess guru - I admire those that are. You are one of them. Congrats on the nomination and good luck.

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      yolanda yvette 7 years ago

      I'm gonna come back and read this when I have more time. Looks pretty interesting.

      I did skim over it, and I can tell you're a good writer.

      Thanks in advance.

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      merobinson2 7 years ago

      You are welcome!

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      Chad 7 years ago

      Thanks dude, this is awesome!