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The Shortest Checkmate in Chess: The Fool's Mate

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The shortest checkmate possible in chess is where black wins after two moves. In order for it to work, white needs to move their g-pawn to g4 on their first or second move, and black need only open a diagonal for the queen. From there, if white ever moves the f-pawn, queen h4 is checkmate. This is a 2-move mate also known as "The Fool's Mate". It is the fastest possible way to give checkmate in chess.

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Translated in Portuguese (Brazil) by: Leonardo Louro Justino