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What is white's best move?

laurengoodkindchess

Hi! My name is Lauren Goodkind and I’m a chess coach and chess YouTuber based in California: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP5SPSG_sWSYPjqJYMNwL_Q

White to move.  What is white's best move?  Consider all captures and checks to help you determine what the best move is.  This position came from one of my games that I played today!


 

ajl721x

Hint: There are 2 ways to checkmate, but one is faster! See if you can find it!

AZ2019chess
Bishop b6
AZ2019chess
Bb6 fast=fast checkmate
ajl721x

Right! An alternative is Qf6+, Re7, Qxe7#, but Bb6# ends the game in one move!

ajl721x

You could also do Qf6+, Re7, Bb6#

Nate6586

I probably would have went with Qf6+. But the Bb6# is definitely the better move. 

GraysonTheGrey

Bb6 is the fastest mate it looks like. At first I thought Qf6, but bishop would just take and you'd lose queen.

RAU4ever

Then again, how many times do you get to sacrifice your queen and still win? happy.png

krazeechess
GraysonTheGrey wrote:

Bb6 is the fastest mate it looks like. At first I thought Qf6, but bishop would just take and you'd lose queen.

Even if bishop takes, you can play Bb6 checkmate right after.

kingandqueen2017

how about 1.Qa5+ Rxa5 2.Bb6#?

another alternative is 1.Ba7 

or 1.Bd4 

or 1.Be3

DerekLi2011
ajl721x wrote:

Right! An alternative is Qf6+, Re7, Qxe7#, but Bb6# ends the game in one move!

If Qf6, Bxf6

shloksinha

why are people saying qf6+? 

bb6# is a checkmate or am I missing something?

BigParsley

Is mate in one... frustrated.png

RAU4ever
shloksinha wrote:

why are people saying qf6+? 

bb6# is a checkmate or am I missing something?

Because people were missing that after Qf6+ there's Bxf6. And then some titled players came by and started suggesting moves to win in style rather than mate in 1, like sacrificing your queen first before checkmate. I mean, 1. Ba7 is just aesthetically more pleasing than 1. Bb6 checkmate happy.png. Imagine going to your friends after the game and getting to say "Yeah, I made this 1 move. He could take my queen, he could take my bishop, but whatever he'd do, it would be checkmate!" You have a story you (and they!) can tell for years! 1. Bb6# just doesn't give you that.

BenIBB

Bishop b6 is checkmate I believe.

theomegaplayer

you guys are so smart