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why not Qb2xQg7 insteadof Ng7
If you're asking why not 1...Qxg7 instead of 1...Nd5, it is due to 2. Nxa7#.
If you're asking why not 1...Qxg7 instead of 1...Nd5, it is due to 2. Nxa7#
That is a very good point. I failed to realize this and was struggling mightily with the first two moves.
On the other hand, in more practical terms, I think OTB I would probably just play 1 Qxb2 (taking Black's queen) and have an overwhelming material advantage and win "later".
This is one line I just quickly played against the computer without much thinking whether it is the most precise play or not. After 1 Qxb2 it is just game over:
1. Qxb2 a6 2. Ne6 Be3 3. Nxf8 Bxf4 4. Ne6 Bd2 5. Rxd2 Nd5 6. Qg7 Kb8 7. Rxd5 c3 8. Rb1 a5 9. Qxb7#
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