Smart Queen Puzzle

Chess Puzzle 40

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Chess Puzzle 40: White to move and win
White to move and win       [The Answer at the bottom]
* The Puzzle Hints
This smart Queen chess puzzle will help you learn the power of zuzwang. To place Black in zuzwang, the White Queen is to make just 3 moves. First the White Queen must check, then check again… the third move of the White Queen is a winning one…

* The Puzzle Data
1. Author: Cortlever, N.
2. Year:    1941

* The Puzzle Recommendation
You are recommended not to solve the Chess Puzzle from the computer’s screen. Please set up the Puzzle’s position on the chess board. The Puzzle Answer is at the bottom of the page and you can revisit the page for the answer next time.

Try to solve the Chess Puzzle by yourself. You are advised to carefully analize the position, recheck your solution, and only then to see the answer to the Chess Puzzle below. Please do not look down at the Puzzle Answer before the time.

When you have seen the solution, you are recommended to set up the position and replay the puzzle again. Pay your attention to the moves marked as strong and to those as weak. Try to understand why another moves are not shown in the solution.

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# Note: See the Puzzle Answer below #

Chess Puzzle 40

* The Puzzle Answer
1. Qe7+      Qg5
[1… g5? 2. Qe1+ Qg3+ 3. Qxg3# 1-0]
2. Qe4+      Qg4
3. Qe3!!      1-0
[Black is placed in zuzwang]
[Any Black move ends in mate]
[For example: 3… Qc4 4.Qg3#]
[For example: 3… g5 4.Qf2+ Qg3+ 5.Qxg3#]

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Smart queen puzzle. Use the zuzwang idea. To win, queen is to make just 3 moves. Author - Cortlever, N. Year - 1941

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