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4 Move Checkmate – Chess Four Move Checkmate [Video]

I have lately covered various checkmate that can be achieved in 2 move or 3 move. In this post I’ll discuss about 4 Move Checkmate also called as Scholars Checkmate in Chess. But this checkmate in 4 moves is bit different from other two checkmates discussed earlier as this quite tricky and possible, while other 2 were possible completely due to opponents blunder. In previous mates, only extreme blunders would make the mates possible. But in scholars mate, you can trick your opponent by diverting opponents attention to some other piece and then achieving a checkmate.

So you might have guessed that we would be doing a double in-fact multiple attacks which will confuse the opponent to defend either of the piece and eventually lead to a mate.

4 move checkmate

4 Move Checkmate

Let’s start with 4 move checkmate. To achieve four move checkmate in chess, you will again have to play Queen in the very beginning. When you as white start with King’s pawn to e4, the most obvious response of black would be e5. When black plays e5, you can simply develop your bishop to c4 (Bc4), even black would want to play the same with Bc5 that is when you develop queen to h5 (Qh5). now you can might see that Queen is attacking three squares, h7, f7 & e5. Though, pawns on h7 & f7 are protected.

So black might get confused, which pawns to protect what to play some moves could be like Nc6 that will defend pawn on e5 and then you can achieve the scholars checkmate by taking the pawn on f7 with Queen (Qf7#). Let’s look at complete notations for 4 move checkmate.

  1. e4 – e5
  2. Bc4 – Bc5
  3. Qh5 – Nc6
  4. Qf7#

As always, if the chess notations aren’t clear to you, I have a video tutorial for you. Check out the scholars checkmate video.

Four Move Checkmate Video


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