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1. Bc3!! wins, doesn't it?
Oh, I didn't see gxh5! :)Now I can't think better than:1. Qh8+ Qxh82. Rxh8+ Kg73. Bc3+ Bf64. Bxf6+ Kxf65. Rxe8 Rxe86. Rd1 and one pawn upSurely I am missing something ;)
Last try...1. Qh6+ Qg72. Bc3! f6(If 2. ... Bf6 3. Bxf6 and White mates quickly)3. Qxg7 Kxg74. Rxe6 and White is two pawns up!
1.Qh6+ Qg7(1...Kg8 2.Bxe7 Rxe7 3.Qh7+ Kf8 4.Qh8+ Qxh8 5.Rxh8+ Kg7 6.Rxd8)2.Bxe7+ Rxe7(2...Kg8 3.Bxd8 Rxd8 4.Qxg7+ Kxg7)3.Qh8+ Qg8 4.Qf6 Red7(4...Qg7 5.Rh8+ Qg8 6.Rxg8+ Kxg8 7.Qxe7)5.Rh8 Rd3 6.Rxg8+ Kxg8
This looks too simple, after 1. Bc3what could black possibly have against it?1. ... Qxc3 2. Rxc3 is up with Q for B.1. ... Qxf2+ 2. Kxf2 is up with blank Q.1. ... any other Q move 2. Qh8 mates.1. ... Bb4 2. Bxd4 Bxe1 could seem a small improvement, but black resigns any way.So what have I overlooked then?
1. Qh6+ Qg72. Bxe7If 2...Kxe7, black loses queen.If 2...Rxe7,3. Qh8+ Qxh8 (If 3...Qg8, then 4. Qf6 and black loses queen with 5. Rh8)4. Rxh8+ winning rook on d8.
1.qh6+ kg8(1...qg7 2.be7+ re7 3.qh8+ qh8 4.rh8+ 1-0)2.be7 re7 3.qh7+ kf8 4.qh8+ qh8 5.rh8+ 1-0
Obviously, white wants to play Bc3, but his own queen is en prise, so one should look to Qh6+ first even if you can't quite see the critical line without much more thought (like I had trouble doing).1. Qh6! Kg8 (Qg7 below)2. Bc3 and black will lose his queen just to prevent the mate.Now, black can block the check with his own queen at g7 on the first move, and, at first, I didn't really see how white gets much advantage afterwards since Bc3 seems defended by either Qxh6 or f6 , but a bit of trial an error eventually showed me the right continuation:1. Qh6 Qg72. Be7! Re7The two alternatives are no better- 2. ...Ke7 allows 3.Qxg7, of course, and 2. ...Kg8 also allows 3.Qg7 but followed by Bxd8 winning a rook outright. However, after 2. ...Re7, black has an unprotected rook at d8 and a hemmed in king:3. Qh8 Qg8 (Qh8 4.Rh8 Kg7 5.Rd8+-)4. Qf6Threatening Rh8, and what can black do to stop Rh8? I think black must lose the queen for a rook, unless I am overlooking something else.
Trickier than I thought at first. I quickly thought I had seen it:1. Qh6+, Qg7 (1...Kg8 2. Bc3 wins the Q for the B)2. Bc3, Qxh63. Rxh6, Bf6??3. Bxf6, any4. Rh8#but, of course, black can go:3...f6 or even2...f6 and after this realization I run out of ideas.
1. B-c3 ..... looks pretty grim for Black after that
1. B-c3takes the long diagonal's protection away; the Black queen is lost
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