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Find a checkmate in two

laurengoodkindchess

Hi! My name is Lauren Goodkind and I’m a respected chess coach and chess YouTuber based in California:
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Black to move!  How does black force a checkmate in two moves?  This position was taken from a game that I recently played.

Tad2721

RH3

Nate6586

Rxh3, gxh3. Qxh3#  Thanks for sharing. 

martinay

Rxh3,g2xh3,Qxh3

ajl721x

Should be pretty easy if you've seen this kind of tactic before: Rxh3+ forces the capture of the rook (gxh3) to play Qh3#, where the king CANNOT go to g1 because of the dark-squared bishop covering that diagonal.

Ilampozhil25

rh3 gh3 qh3 didnt look at the other posts

eric0022
ajl721x wrote:

Should be pretty easy if you've seen this kind of tactic before: Rxh3+ forces the capture of the rook (gxh3) to play Qh3#, where the king CANNOT go to g1 because of the dark-squared bishop covering that diagonal.

 

For those who have yet to see it, however, they would probably be scared of playing 1...Rxh3+ for fear they "lose a rook for a pawn".

 

I know 1...Rxh3+ wins, but I tried to be over-confident in my head by considering 1...Qh3+ first.

ajl721x

Right, but the goal is to be able to play Qxh3#, but the pawn is an obstruction, so the rook just clears it out of the way. Again, pretty simple for those that have seen this kind of tactic before.