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can someone tell me?
Post 38 is the most succinct explanation.
White is poised to win, but must start out with a check (else, ... Qd5+ will destroy all his opportunities). 1. Qb8+ or 1.Qa3+ will force a win, and I think 1.Ba3+ will force it as well, but only 1.Qb4+ will force it in 3 moves.
Indeed I tried to play Qa3+, having seen both the deflection idea and the back-row check, but then not putting them together. At least I didn't give away the farm, but :( anyway.
why doesn't black queen takes d4 to stop the origanal check?
very very eazy
this is a good puzzle....inspires thought for a change
Bad chess players will of course choose
1. Qa3+?? Kg8 2. Qxa5
[like I did]
[[And yes, I know the ?? is a bit severe]]
why didnt the black queen take ?
1. Qb4+ Qxb4
2. e8(Q) mate
well said Elroch
But I wanted to queen! :(
Ah; it's a mate problem. I played Qa3, which either mates or wins the queen.
couldn't find the first move!
easy, nice first move