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What Is The Quickest Way to Win in Chess?

Q: I want to know the fastest way to win a chess game. How do you do that?

A: It is possible, but highly unlikely, to win a chess game in two moves. But to do so requires playing black and the cooperation of the player using white.

Quick Chess Win
Quick Chess Win
The board at left shows the position of the pieces for a two move win. The first move by white would be the king's bishop pawn forward 2 squares (f4). Black would then move the king's pawn to e6. White, either totally oblivious or in a very obliging mood, would move the king's knight pawn to g4. Executing the coup de main, the black queen would move to h4.

There is no way to block the queen and the king cannot retreat. It is good to know that this can happen for both black and white because it can inform later play. It shows that both kings are vulnerable to a quick strike when restricted by undeveloped pieces in the early game. Play using tactics that develop pieces around the king, giving him protection and room to run when necessary.

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