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How to win at Chess in 3 moves? Explained in Simple Steps

Chess is a game which needs entirely amounts of concentration for hours. In fact, the classic game of chess can sometimes go on for more than 5 hours. But that happens only when two quality opponents, who can almost predict each other’s next move face each other. Even for amateurs, a game of chess takes anything between 30 minutes to one hour to finish. But what if you have a beginner sitting in front of you? Or what if your opponent is unfocused for just the first few moves? Well then, you are in luck because there are ways to force a mate on the opponent in only 3 steps. Here is how to win at Chess in 3 moves:

Let’s get something out of the way – for you to win in only 3 moves, the opponent needs to make moves which will allow you to go ahead with the quick kill. You cannot merely outsmart the opponent to win the game in 3 moves. So if you are planning to use this plan, keep your fingers crossed at the same time.

It is crucial to have white pieces for this move to work as white plays first. Although, it is also possible with black pieces, but with white going first, a different opening can make it challenging to finish off the game in just three moves.

White: Pawn e2 to e4

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For the three-move mate to work, it is absolutely crucial that you start by moving the pawn on ‘e2’. This way the diagonal opens up for the white queen, which will be very important for the mate. Usually, white moves the ‘e2’ pawn to ‘e4’ as part of the most common opening but there is no harm in placing the pawn on ‘e3’ for this mate.

Black: Pawn f7 to f5

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Once again, a must move for this plan to work. Black must move the pawn on ‘f7’ so that the diagonal for black king opens up. This diagonal is the one which will be used in the next move to attack the black king. So without moving ‘f7’ pawn, this mate cannot work.

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White: Qf3

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This is where white can afford to play the waiting move simply. White can go for any move in order to wait for black’s next move. But keep in mind that the queen’s diagonal path, which we have opened in the first move does not get blocked. To avoid that, it is safe to play Qf3 or even Qf2, as per the player’s wish.

Black: Pawn g7 to g5

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As we mentioned earlier, it is imperative for black to play a particular move for white to win the game in three moves. So once again, a pawn at ‘g7’ should be moved to ‘g5’ at any cost. This important to eliminate any options of putting a black piece in between the white queen and black king after the next move. With g7 pawn now out of the equation, there is no other major or minor piece which can protect the black king.

White: Qh5#

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And now for the kill! The only way a chess game can end in just three moves – Qh5#.

Place the white queen on h5, which attacks the black king with no way of getting out of trouble. The knight and bishop on the king’s side cannot come in the way and neither can any of the pawns. The pieces on the queen’s side are completely trapped as it is.

Here is how to win at Chess in 3 moves – quick and simple! Now just hope that you get a beginner opponent for your next game. And a warning, do not try thing against experienced players because, in all honesty, this is not a very good opening if the game goes on for a long time.

Chinmay Pagar
I might be a Mechanical Engineer on the paper, but I was a Sports enthusiast since childhood, screaming at the TV watching cricket at the age of 4. Not much excites me other than sports unless it's free pizza. I can watch literally anything remotely related to sports; Cricket, Football, Tennis, F1, Hockey, Athletics, Chess, you name it! And I love to write too, so at the time I'm not watching sports, I'm writing about it. Or eating pizzas, of course.


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