We strongly recommend that Parents & Coaches teach their novice
chess players how to defend against Scholar's Mate before they attend their first tournament.
Here are the standard moves (there are other variations)
E4 E5, BC4 BC5, QF3 (or QH5) NC6, QxF7#
USCF rules do not discourage or ban Scholar's Mate from tournament
play. It is imperative that novice players know how to defend against this "cheesy chess trick". That's
all it is.
In Scholar's Mate the game is over in a matter
of seconds. The person who loses so quickly usually feels stupid, embarrassed and humiliated.
They are then faced with at least an hour of waiting for the next round, with nothing to do but worry that it will happen
We encourage all players to show the scholar's mate
defense to new players and especially to anyone who loses a game to it. It's a powerful gift
to give any new chess player.
Players who use Scholar's Mate in our tournaments forfeit any chance of
winning sportsmanship or chess excellence awards. Scholar's mate requires no skill or special training.
It's just a cheap trick.
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