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Checkmates in the opening

In chess, checkmates in the opening are examples of a player being checkmated during the first few moves of the game (i.e. in the opening). Some common or notable mating patterns have names of their own. These include Fool's mate, Scholar's mate, Epaulette mate, and Légal's mate.

Quick checkmates

Some opening traps involve an early checkmate. These include:

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