FOOL'S MATE



(1) Darling,L - Wood,R
NWC April, 1983

1.g4
Not the best way for White to start the game.
1...e6
Don't touch the f-pawn whatever you do!
2.f4
Oh no! He's touched it!
2...Qh4#
Just see what's happened! CHECKMATE!

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FOOL'S MATE FOR WHITE

(2) Mayfield - Trinks
Omaha ch, 1959

1.e4 g5
I keep on telling you not to touch those pawns!
2.Nc3 f5
Touch that pawn and you're dead!
3.Qh5#
What did I tell you? 1-0













A TRAP IN THE
KING'S GAMBIT



(3) Tchinenoff,N - Maillard,R
Paris, 1925

1.e4 e5
2.f4
The KING'S GAMBIT.
A dangerous opening for both players.
2..Bc5
Leaving the pawn to be taken. Trick or treat?
3.fxe5
White think's it's a treat.
3...Qh4+
But it wasn't: it was a TRICK!
4.Ke2 Qxe4#
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Another way to get
FOOL'S MATE



(4) Sternenberg,W - Russo,R
Sacramento, 1993

1.e4 g6
2.d4 f5
Don't try this at home, kids!
3.exf5 gxf5
Opening the FATAL DIAGONAL again.
4.Qh5#
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Which way to capture?
Part 1



(5) Hall,S - Maxwell,D
SPR92, 1992

1.e4 Nf6
2.e5 Nd5
3.d4 f5
4.exf6
An en passant capture.
Do you remember the rule?
If not, go through the lesson again NOW!.
How should Black capture the pawn?
4...gxf6
NOT THIS WAY!!
5.Qh5#
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Which way to capture?
Part 2



(6) Freitag,G - Willis,R
cr USA, 1994

1.f4 d5
2.b3 Bg4
3.Bb2 e6
4.Nf3 Bxf3
Will White find the right capture this time?
5.gxf3
Some people never learn!
5...Qh4# 0-1













Leave those pawns alone!



(7) Hartlaub,C - Rosenbaum,A
Freiburg, 1892

1.e4 e5
2.Bc4 Nc6
3.Nf3 f6
This is the right square for a Knight
and the WRONG square for a Pawn!
4.Nh4 g5
Another sucker who falls for the oldest
trick in the book.
5.Qh5+ Ke7
6.Nf5# 1-0













Another one bites the dust!



(8) Futo,Z - Toth,L
Korcsoportos donto, 1995

1.d4 b5
2.Bg5 Bb7
3.e3 h6
4.Bh4 f6
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF THAT PAWN!
THIS SQUARE IS FOR KNIGHTS, NOT FOR PAWNS!
5.Qh5+ g6
6.Qxg6# 1-0













The Queen Sacrifice



(9) Howie,A - Dobrin,D
Swiss-69.1 IECC email, 1999

1.f4 e5
Black gives up a pawn to
get his pieces out quickly.
2.fxe5 d6
3.exd6 Bxd6
Aiming for a quick checkmate!
Will Black see the threat?
4.Nc3
The wrong Knight!
4...Qh4+ 5.g3 Qxg3+
What's this? Why can't he take the Queen?
6.hxg3
The only move.
6...Bxg3#Black has played a QUEEN SACRIFICE to force CHECKMATE!
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The trapper trapped



(10) Perez,I - Doncel Farina,D
Madrid-chJ U20, Madrid, 2000

1.d4 f5
2.Bg5 h6
3.Bh4 g5
4.Bg3 f4
Black's feeling happy.
He's just TRAPPED the White Bishop.
5.e3
But is it a TRICK or a TREAT?
fxg3
6.Qh5#
Aha! It was another TRICK!
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How to lose to a GM
Part 1



(11) Hodgson,J - Ardner-Forsdyke,B
TPS Simul, 11.12.2000

1.e4 e5
2.d4
The DANISH GAMBIT
Black's best reply is to take the pawn.
2...f6
Promise me you'll NEVER EVER play this move in this position. Especially not against a Grandmaster.
3.dxe5 fxe5
4.Qh5+ Ke7
If Black had played his pawn to g6 he would have lost
the Rook on h8.
5.Qxe5+ Kf7
6.Bc4+ d5
7.Bxd5+ Kg6
8.Qg3+ Bg4N
[ 8...Kh5
9.Bf7+ g6 10.Qe5+ Bf5 11.Qxf5+ Kh4 12.Nf3# ]
9.Qxg4+ Kf6
10.Qg5# [ 10.Qe6# ] 1-0













How to lose to a GM
Part 2



(12) Hodgson,J - Spencer,J
TPS Simul, 11.12.2000

1.e4 1...e5
2.f4 f6
And promise me you'll NEVER EVER move your pawn to f6 in this position either. Especially not against the British Champion.
3.fxe5 fxe5
4.Qh5+ Ke7
5.Qxe5+ Kf7
6.Bc4+ Kg6
7.Qf5+ Kh6
8.d4+ g5
9.h4 Kg7
[ 9...d6 10.hxg5+ Kg7
11.Qf7#
1-0 Wrigley,A-Christy,R/AUS 1999/EXT 2000 (11)] 10.Qf7+ Kh6N
11.hxg5# 1-0



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