Test your chess: Reitstein problem 210

A fairly simple example of why chess players need to examine all checks, captures and threats. At first glance, “Qxh6” looks like a terrible move and thus many beginners would not even consider the winning combination.


White to play and win

Find the combination, including how to overcome black's best defence



PJ Foley v A Snoek 1989



A standard motif: 1 Qh6+! and if 1…Kh6, 2 Nf7+ forks. So 1…Kh8, but then 2 Qh8+! forces the same winning fork.


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