“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”  – Arnold Palmer

Isn’t it great to win a game when your opponent is obviously more experienced than you are? The feeling of exhilaration is something wonderful to experience! Many put in many hours of hard work to achieve such a victory!

It has been proven scientifically that winning impacts very positively on how people feel about themselves. Testosterone increases when you win and activates dopamine, which is a chemical messenger. When dopamine strikes the reward network of the brain, it lifts the individual’s mood making them feel better about themselves.

Winning has such a positive impact on people that they then seek to experience that “high” again. This may cause an individual to practise harder at a game like chess, for instance. Granted, we have to learn to accept a loss, every now and again, but what is good about a loss is that it can spur someone on to do better and to prevail over their next opponent.

If you prepare yourself to win, in whatever discipline, sporting code or activity, you will be putting yourself in a very advantageous position no matter the challenge.

An intensive study of the rules of chess will put you in a very strong position to win at chess. Thus, we will immediately pay some attention to how chess players can be triumphant in as few as four or three moves.

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Know How Each Chess Piece is Permitted to Move

Before any novice can even consider winning a chess game in four or fewer moves, he or she must first acquaint him- or herself with the value of each piece and how each moves across the chess board. Knowledge of this is absolutely necessary, before anyone can move on to the more advanced aspects of the game, such as opening gambits and overall strategy.

Thus, without any further hesitation, let us consider how each of the six different chess pieces can move, each in its own way.

King

The king is the most important piece on the chess board, since all the other pieces have as their task to protect it and, since, when the king is trapped, the game ends. For all its importance, the king can only move one square in any direction, except when “castling.”

Queen

The most potent piece on the board, the queen can move in any direction and over any amount of squares. A great attacking and defensive piece, the queen cannot, however, jump over any pieces.

Rooks

The are two rooks on either side of the chess board. They can move vertically and horizontally for any amount of squares. They cannot jump over other pieces, but can, however, switch with the king, under certain conditions, during castling.

Bishops

Each side has two bishops, which function by moving diagonally for any number of spaces (squares). Like the previously mentioned pieces, they too cannot vault over other pieces when in motion.

Knights

Knights have a very unusual way of moving. The are the only pieces that can jump over other pieces. They move in the way of an “L”, either two squares vertically and one square horizontally (in either direction) or vice versa.

Pawns

Pawns outnumber the other pieces on the board, since black and white have eight each. They can only move one square vertically at a time, or two squares on their initial move.  Pawns capture very differently to other pieces in a manoeuvre called En Passant, where a pawn is allowed to move one square diagonally in either direction.

There it is, folks: the specific ways in which the different chess pieces move on the board. Now that you have a grasp of how each piece moves across the board, you can consider and try to memorise various strategic sets of movements to secure victory over your opponents.

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Each chess piece has a specific way that it moves. It is essential to know more about it before playing matches. - Source: Pexels

How to Guarantee Victory in Just Four Moves

There are a number of websites and resources that beginners can turn to when learning to play chess. It is also true, that many novices believe that they have to spend hours poring over a game of chess in order to beat an opponent. Nothing could be further from the truth!

A novice may not be aware that it can take just a few moves to win a chess game, for example, as few as four. Numerous chess experts have named this set of movements Scholar’s Mate. The Scholar’s Mate is one of the most popular ways in which to win a chess game.

It is apparently so that almost all chess players having fallen foul of or have achieved a checkmate, by employing The Scholar’s Mate, at least once in their chess-playing journey.

The Scholar’s Mate is executed thus:

  1. White advances its pawn at e2 to e4 (e2-e4),
  2. White moves bishop to c4, attacking the pawn at f7,
  3. White moves its queen to h5
  4. If black fails to defend its position, white will achieve checkmate with Qxf7. And just like that, the game will be over.

There are several ways in which black can counter The Scholar’s Mate. If, however, these steps are not taken, the game would soon be over and white would have won the game in just four moves.

If the letters and numbers used earlier have you confused, they refer to specific locations on the board, which novices should acquaint themselves with to be able to execute particular moves correctly.

So, what are the fewest moves to win chess games.

Is it possible to use 3 moves to win chess games?

Read on to discover more!

Three Moves to Win a Chess Match

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Did you know that it's possible to get checkmate with only three moves? - Source: Unsplash

Before attempting the fewest moves to win chess games, you first need to practise to see if it’s actually possible to use 3 moves to win chess games.

There’s no doubt about it: it is possible!

Not as widely known as the four-move checkmate, the three-move version, can also achieve a quick end to a chess match. This has two versions; one with the capturing of an opposition piece, the other without capturing.

It must be said that for a player to achieve a win in only 3 moves in chess, the opponent must either be an absolute novice or fast asleep! Notwithstanding, the end result of such a swift victory, produces in the victor a wonderful feeling!

Let us have a look at how players can win a chess game in three moves, without and with capturing.

With Capturing

To beat your opponent in only three moves and capture pieces, follow the following steps:

  1. Advance the King Pawn: move the pawn in front of the king two squares forward to e4. This opens up an avenue for the queen to advance diagonally and to threaten the opponent’s queen.
  2. Capture Black’s Pawn: with your advanced pawn capture your opponent’s pawn at f5. By capturing this piece, you may entice your opponent to advance his or her knight to g5. This wouldn’t be a wise move, but black might fall for the trick!
  3. Advance White’s Queen: by moving your queen diagonally to h5, you will trap black’s king. All you have to do is quietly say “Checkmate”, smile and enjoy the moment!

No Capturing

The other way of winning a chess match in only three moves, is without capturing any of your opponent’s pieces! Although this method differs somewhat from the technique which involves capturing, it, nevertheless, involves planning, problem-solving and hoping that your counterpart is clueless to what you’re about.

A three-move win can be achieved in the following way:

  1. Advance Queen Pawn: move your (white) queen’s pawn forward to d3. This play is made in the hope that your opponent will advance his or her knight and bishop pawns, enabling the queen to move to square h5. If you opponent responds as you envisage, victory will by yours!
  2. Advance the King Pawn: next, white moves the king pawn to free up the queen, which can then advance to h5.
  3. Checkmate: thus, without any capture, you have trapped the black king, achieving checkmate and ending the game in just three moves!

Using 3 moves to win chess games relies a lot on your opponent being oblivious to what your plan is.

Amazingly, there are even players who have achieved a win with the fewest moves to win chess games, namely two. Yes, only two moves!

To conclude, it is important to say that whether you use three or more moves to win a chess game, of paramount importance is that you develop a love for the game and have fun while playing!  

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