Medium difficulty puzzle – mate in 2, white to move.

FEN: 3r1b1k/5Q1p/p2p1P2/5R2/4q2P/1P2P3/PB5K/8 w

3r1b1k/5Q1p/p2p1P2/5R2/4q2P/1P2P3/PB5K/8 w

Roll over to show the solution:1.Qg8+ Kxg8 2.f7#

1.Qg8+ Kxg8 2.f7#

Solution 2: 1. Qxf8+ Rxf8 2. f7#

I first thought 1.Qxf8+ would be a solution, but then the I saw 2. …, Qe5. Very tricky!

Spectacular. Very tricky. It took me nearly 10 minutes to break the puzzle.

I am a rookie at this and don’t understand, after Qg8+ Kxg8 happens, why f7# puts the king in checkmate? Can’t the black king go back to Kh8 or Kg7?

Thank you for any help.

no because the bishop on b2 gives check on those squares

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Solution 2:

1. Qxf8+ Rxf8 2. f7#

I first thought 1.Qxf8+ would be a solution, but then the I saw 2. …, Qe5. Very tricky!

Spectacular. Very tricky. It took me nearly 10 minutes to break the puzzle.

I am a rookie at this and don’t understand, after Qg8+ Kxg8 happens, why f7# puts the king in checkmate? Can’t the black king go back to Kh8 or Kg7?

Thank you for any help.

no because the bishop on b2 gives check on those squares