How To Win In Four Moves

Given the fact that the video below on scholars mate has had 404,749 viewings at the present time, I do wonder if The Chess Improver is targeting the right audience. So I’m trying another tack.

In attempting this checkmate, remember the following:

1) The weakest spot in your opponent’s position is f7.

2) The moves to play are 1.e2-e3 (or 1.e2-e4 if you prefer), 2.Bf1-c4, 3.Qd1-f3 and 4.Qf3xf7.

3) Do not bring the queen out before the bishop as this will telegraph your intentions.

4) The queen goes on her on color at the start of the game, otherwise Qf3 will be an illegal move.

I can only add that 1.e2-e4 is probably better than 1.e2-e3, and that you should choose your opponent with care. Hikaru Nakamura has played this way in a few games but every one of them spotted the threat. Here’s an example:

There is a more serious message to this post, and that is that the majority of people who play chess are not serious students of the game. But this is not reflected in chess literature.

Nigel Davies


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: