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 10 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.