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How To PUNISH Early Queen Attacks & Scholar’s Mate

How To PUNISH Early Queen Attacks & Scholar’s Mate

Are you tired of falling for the same old tricks in the opening, like the Scholar’s Checkmate?

Do you want to learn how to stop your opponent’s early queen attacks and make them regret even attempting it? Well, you’re in luck because this article is all about brutally punishing those who try to fool you with primitive tactics.

Join me as we go over different approaches by White and learn how to counter them with aggressive ideas and counter-attacking moves. Let’s get started and show our opponents that we mean business!

Recently, I recorded a video about the Scholar’s Checkmate and how to stop it. I thought it was just a little useful piece of advice.

Little did I know, it turned out that the problem is much bigger than I thought. The video quickly got a lot of views. It already has over 1 million views, and it keeps gaining.

It turned out that so many players are annoyingly going for this Scholar’s Checkmate.

In fact, here’s one fun fact. I’ve checked the database.

















In this position, the move Qf3 aiming for this Scholar’s Checkmate is the second most popular move in this position. Can you believe that? This is ridiculous, So, it’s crazy that so many tricksters are still trying to go for this Scholar’s Checkmate and trying to fool you in this primitive stuff.

So, I’ve decided that we’re gonna stop this once and for all, and for that reason, we’re gonna be brutal. Today, we’re not just gonna stop this, but to make your opponent regret their decision to play it against you, make them suffer, make them feel really upset about this idea, so that they shift to some normal chess.

Okay, and if you’re ready to be brutal today, let’s get started

1.e4 e5 2. Qh5 Nc6 3. Bc4 g6 4. Qf3 Nf6 5. g4

If White Plays 5. Qb3

Another aggressive attempt by White in this critical position! White’s checkmate move is to move the Qb3, almost in a style of dancing around with their queen, desperately trying to get to the pawn on f7 and get the opponent in trouble. Let’s see how to counter this attack from White.

We just went over these two aggressive options of White that we just analyzed. White can also shift gears and try to go into more normal chats with something like d3 or c3 or Nf3 or Nc2.

I recorded a video not long ago where I covered all these variations and how you can beat White in that case. Therefore, I recommend that you check it out.


We’ve learned how to stop those pesky early queen attacks and put an end to the Scholar’s Checkmate once and for all. No more falling for those primitive tricks!

From now on, we’ll be the ones making our opponents feel silly for even attempting such lame tactics. And who knows, maybe we’ll even get a good laugh out of it ourselves.

So, the next time someone tries to pull a fast one on you, remember to be merciless and show them who’s boss. Now, go forth and dominate the chessboard!

If you’ve enjoyed reading this article and want to see the concepts discussed in action. We have created a video lesson that covers the same material in a more visual and interactive way.

Below, you can find the games shown in the video:

I hope you enjoy reading this blog post.

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