Weekly Puzzle

Below is this week's chess puzzle. See if you can figure it out and then check the solution.

Beginner's Corner by Michael Ciamarra 7 months ago

White to move and checkmate in two.  In chess language, this means that White plays a move, Black’s move is forced and then White delivers checkmate. Can you find the checkmate in two moves?

Solution:

1.Qa6!+ Kxa6 2. Bc8 mate.  What happens if Black’s king does not capture the White queen and instead played 1…Kb8. It is still checkmate on move 2 with Qc8 mate. Did you notice the “!” after White’s first move? In chess notation that exclamation symbol “!” means a strong move.