How to Win Chess in 3 Moves:
3 Move Checkmate
Ready to learn how to win chess in 3 moves with the 3 move checkmate?
If you don’t know how to checkmate in 3 moves and are ready to learn, today is your lucky day. Now that you’ve learned how to play chess and the basic rules of chess, it’s time to expand your experience and chess strategy, such as how to win chess in only 3 moves with the 3 move checkmate.
The 3 move checkmate is a matter of skill and precision. Perhaps you’ve already learned how to perform the 2 move checkmate and are looking to expand your arsenal of rapid checkmate strategies. While the 3 move checkmate is still a rare way to win chess, it does have a higher probability than the 2 move checkmate. (Be sure to also learn how to perform the 4 move checkmate known as “Scholar’s Mate” and the 5 move checkmate as well.
Today, we’ll take a look into how the 3 move checkmate is achieved, the methodology behind it, and how you can use this as part of your future chess strategy.
Let’s now dive into how to win chess in 3 moves.
The 3 Move Checkmate: How to Win Chess In Only 3 Moves
Keep in mind you can’t control your opponent’s moves, so this is not an exact formula, and requires a great deal of inexperience from your opponent.
For the 3 move checkmate, you ideally want to start as white.
While it is possible to play the 3 move checkmate without being white, it is more likely to work as white, as you get to move first.
Keep in mind, the 3 move checkmate is very similar to the 2 move checkmate (Fool’s Mate) with a slight variation in how the queen is moved.
(Also keep in mind, it’s rare for the 2,3,4 or 5 move checkmate to work against a fairly experienced opponent. Check out our E-Book “The Chess Formula” to really take your chess game to the next level.)
1. Move Your Pawn from (e2) to (e4). (This is the pawn in front of the King. It will be moved 2 spaces forward).
This move will open up space for the queen to move out onto the chessboard and capture eventually capture the King.
2. Your Opponent Counters Your Pawn, Moving Their Pawn to f5
This now exposes the King, allowing you to precede toward the 3 move checkmate.
3. Move Your Queen 2 Spaces Diagonally to f3
Ideally, your opponent will want to attempt blocking the queen on their next move. The key here also is as opposed to the 2 move checkmate, where the queen would be placed on h7, the queen is only moved a few spaces, hoping your opponent’s pawn in position g7 will move and open up the capture for the Queen.
4. Your Opponent Moves Their Pawn to g5
It is critical for your opponent to make this move. Without it, the pawn will be able to block the queen’s position for check on the next move, not allowing for a 3move checkmate. 5. Move your queen to h5, the King is now in checkmate and you now have won chess in only 3 moves.
As you can see, the King has no where to move to avoid capture, and has no chess pieces to block the queen’s attack or capture the queen, achieving the 3 move checkmate.
Things to Keep In Mind About the 3 Move Checkmate
- If your opponent doesn’t move the second pawn to g5 or moves it to g6, it places them in position to block the queen’s capture (as seen below)
- Similar to the 2 move checkmate, the 3 move checkmate relies on having the King’s diagonal exposed, with no means of escape, blocking the queen’s attack, or capturing the queen she moves into check.
- Your opponent’s pawns in position f7 and g7 must be out on the chessboard in order for the queen to have an open field to capture the King for the 3 move checkmate. Otherwise, the pawns will block the attack.
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