Basic Scholars Mate Defensive Blunders and Correct Defensive Plans

These animations show some basic mistakes that allow your opponent to Checkmate (or get a winning advantage) in just a few moves.

The animations Loop Continuously.

There is a delay between each step in each of the animations.

You could also copy the moves on your own Chess Board and also twist your board around to understand the moves for both the Black and White sides.

1. You just DON’T see it Coming

Sometimes, if you don’t pay attention, you can just lose in 4 moves!

2. Black tries to Win the Scholar’s Mate Race

In a simple Race by both players to Scholar’s Mate first ….. White has an all-important Head-Start!!

3. Attacking the Queen on h5 with the Knight and leaving f7 unguarded

What does that move prevent exactly?? Unfortunately…… NOT Checkmate!!

4. Playing g6 too early and losing a Pawn … then a Rook

Blundering on your 2nd move? …….. Really??

Some Correct Defensive Plans

Against 2. Qf3 or 2.Bc4

Both of these possible Scholar’s Mate attacks are immediately prevented by the move 2. ..Nf6 (knight to f6). Can you see why in both cases?

2. ..Nf6 prevents Scholar’s Mate here
2. ..Nf6 prevents Scholar’s Mate here

Correct Defensive Ideas against 2.Qh5 (Queen to h5)

This requires more careful play as there are many traps and mistakes to fall for. This animation outlines the correct ideas in a typical 2.Qh5 Scholar’s Mate attempt. Playing this out on a board a few times will help you remember the important ideas in this very important defensive situation.

There are a few things to remember in this defensive sequence