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Very long and hard.
Can any of the above gentlemen tell me that why in 7th move Qh8xQa1?
a really interesting puzzle
The question has already been asked and answered above you.
again, another epic of endgames...
I don`t get it. What`s the point of moving those queens around that long?
my question too... white could have had black's queen 20 moves ago!
Why 7. Qg8? Couldn't you have skipped this move and went for the throat with 7. Qe8?
you have to weigh the risk of stalemate, and forced draw if Queens were exchanged and perpetual check (a real possibility since the King is out in the open)
.. But I don't see why that last move couldn''t just be KxQ. Why MUST it be QxQ? does the same thing :-)
mitemakeswrite asked why the Black King didn't play 1...Kxb6 instead of 1...Kb8. Black could have done that, and he would have delayed being mated by about five extra moves beyond those shown in the puzzle. But as soon as White played 1. b6+, Black was inevitably mated unless White did something really stupid. However, if White had played 1. bxa6, Black would have played 1...b5 and White would have ended up mated because Black would have promoted first. (Again, unless Black had later done something really stupid.)
Great tactics. I didn't figure out anything until it was all over and I tried to back-track and figure alternatives (particularly looking for what, if any, better moves moves black might have had. Then it became clear what white had done to get around black's attempts to force stalemate.
I do think black could have stretched the game out with 10. ... Qa7.
But 11. bxa7 Kxa712, Qa1+ and white's king and queen should have no problem winning against black's King and pawn at b7
The black king should have taken the pawn on b6 at the beginning... no?
7. Qe8 allows black to play 7... Qg7. Looks like he can get a draw fom here.
I had read this puzzle in my chess book, let me say something, all the moves of white is the only way to lead to the win! If you don't hink show, just becuse you can't find black best move, that's all
yeah 7 ... Qg7 forces the white Queen out of 8th row
not true, 11. Kxe8 also wins ;)
Sorry, but I feel there is a mistake in Black's final move. I think Qf4 is a legitimate move that prevents the checkmate, even if momentarily. I can't really see a defined continuation for white that allows them to win in this position. If anyone could shine some light on this issue that would be greatly appreciated.
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