How Do You Win a Game of Chess in Three Moves?

To win a game of chess in three moves, move your pawn to E4, wait for the opponent to move their pawn to F5, and then move your queen to H5. You must play as white to win by this so-called fool's mate.

  1. Make the first move

    On your first turn, move your pawn from E2 to E4.

  2. Wait for your opponent to move

    During your opponent's turn, hope that your opponent moves his pawn from F7 to F5.

  3. Make your next move

    Move your queen from D1 to H5.

  4. Win the game

    After you move your queen to H5, your opponent cannot move their king to a safe place on his next turn. This is called checkmate, and you have won the game.