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is chess in the Olympics

  There is currently no chess in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess competition officially organized by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even-numbered years. Before World War II the event was occasionally held every year. There was also an unofficial Chess Olympiad series that ended in 1976. Although chess is covered in the sports sections of many newspapers around the world, it is not one of the recognized sports in the Olympic Games. However, FIDE is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows its rules. This means that chess could one day become an Olympic event, although most knowledgeable observers say this is unlikely. The World Chess Championship is a competition held annually by the international chess organization FIDE to determine the World Champion of chess. Both men and women are eligible to participate in this championship. The World Champion does not have to be the player with the highest Elo rating: the 2006-2007 World Champion, Vladimir Kr

How to Win a Chess Game in 3 Moves

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In a previous post, I showed you how to win a chess game in four moves. In this one, we will learn how to win a chess game in three moves. If winning a game in four moves is called the Scholar's Mate, winning a game in three moves is called the Fool's Mate. And it's called a Fool's Mate because only a fool would actually fall for it. That is, whoever loses to the Fool's Mate lost to it because they allowed them to do so. Let me show you what I mean by that:

You see what I mean? It was as if they were inviting you to checkmate them right away. Of course, no one would be foolish enough to make those moves in the beginning, not even an innocent newbie. But this would probably happen if somebody is intentionally wanting to lose for some reason. This is why it is often said that we shouldn't try to move the f-pawn at all costs unless necessary. It is one of the key defenders of your king's position and if you lose that pawn in the early game especially then it will be much harder to defend as your king will be open to attacks from different angles.

Try to protect the f-pawn from sneaky attacks like this. Even the Scholar's Mate attacks this weakest point in your position. So, that's why we always try to tuck our king away safely in the corner by castling, as quickly as possible. Although there are positions and cases in which the king is much safer left in the center than being castled on either side. But that is for another post.


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