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Scholar’s Mate in Chess: How to Checkmate in 4 Moves

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Mar 2, 2022 • 3 min read

Have you ever lost a chess game in just a handful of moves? From the fool’s mate to the scholar’s mate, early-game checkmates are popular to study among beginning chess players since they can offer quick victory without much long-term strategy.